Engagements with photochemical film continue to play a key role in the evolution of film aesthetics, challenging narratives of obsolescence and providing new perspectives on materiality. Emerging from DIY communities and artisanal practices, a spirit of reinvention runs through the works in this programme, each of which illustrates a form of tactile intervention and technical innovation. The screening accompanies the launch of Kim Knowles’ new book Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), which provides fresh insight into the communities and infrastructures that sustain this vibrant field and takes a personal journey into the work of several key contemporary film artists, including those featured here.
On Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 17:00 UTC, a special panel discussion will be held online with Kim Knowles and the filmmakers Bea Haut, Emmanuel Lefrant, Charlotte Pryce, Vicky Smith and Esther Urlus, moderated by Mariya Nikiforova. The link to the discussion will be posted on this page on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Kim Knowles lectures in Alternative and Experimental Film at Aberystwyth University in Wales and curates the Black Box strand of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She is the author of A Cinematic Artist: The Films of Man Ray (2009) and co-editor (with Marion Schmid) of Cinematic Intermediality: Theory and Practice (2021).
This program will be available for streaming free of charge from Monday, January 18 to Sunday, January 24, 2021, on Light Cone’s Vimeo channel. The streaming link will be posted on this page.
PARTIES VISIBLE ET INVISIBLE D'UN ENSEMBLE SOUS TENSION
by Emmanuel LEFRANT
2009 / 16mm / color / sound / 7' 00
DISCOVERIES ON THE FOREST FLOOR
by Charlotte PRYCE
2006 / 16mm / color / silent / 4' 00
SMALL THINGS MOVING IN UNISON
by Vicky SMITH
2018 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound / 5' 00
by Esther URLUS
2013 / 16mm / color / sound / 5' 00
by Richard TUOHY
2014 / 16mm / color / sound / 9' 00
by Bea HAUT
2017 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 5' 00
Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices (Kim Knowles, 2020)