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40 ans de Light Cone / June 16, 2022


On the occasion of Light Cone's 40th anniversary, Light Cone — one of the world's leading distributors of experimental and avant-garde cinema — revisits its history and reflects on its approaches to distributing the films in its collection. The focus of the evening will be a round table discussion of these questions, followed by a screening of Soft Fiction by Chick Strand, in connection with the exhibition of Judith Joy Ross at le BAL.


Thursday June 16, 2022, 19:00

"What to make of the changes undergone by organizations that are dedicated to the distribution and exhibition of experimental films, at a time when the radical transformation of the aesthetic and political landscape is profoundly changing the practices of cinephiles born with the internet and immersive video games? This round table, which brings together specialists in the distribution and exhibition of experimental film, will provide the occasion to examine, firstly, techniques related to projecting films in traditional cinema spaces and secondly, their exhibition in museum or gallery contexts, often in continuous loops. Then, the debate will open to discuss private screenings on online platforms — requests of this type have proliferated during the pandemic, and Light Cone was able to respond to them — and new practices brought on by this tendency. Finally, we will present the latest research on blockchain technology and specifically NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens), which are of particular interest to the art world today."
— Gisèle Rapp-Meichler

Participants: Jonathan Pouthier, Viktoria Schmid, Mattis Meichler.
The discussion will be moderated by Gisèle Rapp-Meichler.

Jonathan Pouthier is a graduate of the Fémis (École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son). Since 2011, he is the Conservation Attaché at the Film Collection department of the Musée National d'Art Moderne — Centre Pompidou in Paris, in charge of the programming of the film collection. He has authored a number of articles on the relationship between film and the visual arts, such as "Storm De Hirsch. Quick Fire" (in Storm de Hirsch. Mythology for the Soul, ed. Revoir, Paris, 2021), or, more recently, "Objet mental. Film, projection et interférences" (in Philippe Decrauzat. Delay, ed. König, 2022) and "David Claerbout. The Silence of the Lens" (book of interviews, ed. Hannibal Books, to be released in 2022). He has curated numerous exhibitions, among which: "The Site of Film" (KANAL-Centre Pompidou Bruxelles, 2018, co-curator Philippe-Alain Michaud), "Ericka Beckman" (KANAL-Centre Pompidou Bruxelles, 2019), "Philippe Decrauzat, Gradient" (KANAL-Centre Pompidou Bruxelles, 2021) and "Jean Pierre Bertrand, Diamon’d" (Centre Pompidou Paris, 2019, co-curator Philippe-Alain Michaud). At this time he is preparing the exhibition "Le Reste est ombre. Pedro Costa, Rui Chafes, Paulo Nozolino" (Centre Pompidou, June 2022, co-curator Philippe-Alain Michaud).

Viktoria Schmid Viktoria Schmid is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Vienna, who is working at the interface of the cinematic and the exhibition space. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions and film festivals. She studied filmmaking at the Friedl Kubelka School, holds a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Vienna and a Masters in Time-Based Media from the University of Art and Design Linz. The different mediums she uses, like film, video and photography are the co-authors of her work - she enjoys that their specific characteristics form her pieces.

Mattis Meichler is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Bordeaux). After a career as a journalist - head of service at Le Monde and then of the Web of a daily newspaper - he joined the company Hash Consulting as director of a communication agency specialized in blockchain, NFT and crypto-currencies. He is particularly interested in the uses of blockchain in art.

Gisèle Rapp-Meichler is a filmmaker and the president of Light Cone. She was a member of the Coopérative des Cinéastes and co-founded KMP before joining Light Cone at the end of the 1980s. She works in a variety of approaches, from essay film, to experimental, art film and documentary.

Booking is required here:

This event is part of Light Cone’s 40th anniversary celebrations. If you’d like to attend all of the events, you can purchase a pass at this link.


Thursday June 16, 2022, 19:00

Presented by Federico Rossin

"It’s rare to find an erotic film with a female perspective dominating both the narrative discourse and the visual and audio rhythms with which the film is structured. Strand continues to celebrate in her brilliant, innovative personal documentaries her theme, the reaffirmation of the tough resilience of the human spirit." — Marsha Kinder

by Chick STRAND
1979 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 56' 00


address Le BAL
6 impasse de la Défense
75018 Paris
metro Place de Clichy (lines 2 & 13)
tel +33 (01) 44 70 75 50
related links Judith Joy Ross – Photographs 1978-2015
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rates single rate: 7.00 €
40th ANNIVERSARY pass: full rate: 50.00 €
40th ANNIVERSARY pass: reduced rate: 40.00 €