Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA continues its bi-monthly series with Tricky Poses and Taxing Conditions: Performance and Media, an encore presentation from Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, a part of Pacific Standard Time. The screening delves into the wide variety of entertaining ways that the act and art of performance was integrated into film and video work in Los Angeles in the 1970s, featuring works by such artists as Bas Jan Ader, Sam Erenberg, Morgan Fisher, Cythia Maughan, Paul McCarthy, Susan Mogul, Bruce Nauman, Richard Newton, Allan Sekula, Nancy Angelo and Candace Compton Pappas, and Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman. Much early video work captured performance events in real time, utilizing this capability of video and its distribution. Some works went further, to analyze the nature of performance for media; replicating performances from past performances; and confronting the challenging space created by bodies. Less well known are films that also made these investigations. All films that have people in them in some way involve performance; these selections raise questions about the nature and purpose of performance, and also playfully look at how the camera, filmmaker, and projectionist also perform their roles. Program curated by Adam Hyman.
In person: Sam Erenberg, Susan Mogul, Richard Newton (subject to change)
Special Thanks: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Tickets: Available online at Brown Paper Tickets
Projection Instructions (Morgan Fisher, 1976, 16mm, b/w, 4min.)
Performance Under Working Conditions (Allan Sekula, 1973, video, b/w, 20min.)
Pulling Mouth (Bruce Nauman, 1969, 16mm, b/w, silent, 8min.)
Ma Bell (Paul McCarthy, 1971, video, b/w, 7min.)
Frozen & Buried Alive (Cynthia Maughan, 1974-75, 1:30 min, b&w, sound)
Trajectory (Sam Erenberg, 1977, color, super 8 transfer to HD, 4:19)
Big Tip, Back Up, Shout Out (Susan Mogul, 1976, b&w, sound, video, 10:20)
Nun and Deviant (Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton Pappas, 1976, b/w, 20:28)
A Glancing Blow (Richard Newton, 1979, super 8mm transferred to 35mm, color, sound, 3:10)
Cheap Imitations 1: Méliès - India Rubber Head (Grahame Weinbren & Roberta Friedman, 1980, 16mm, b/w, 5:30)
I’m Too Sad To Tell You (Bas Jan Ader, 1971, 16mm, b/w, silent, 3.5min.)
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 featured 28 shows between October 2011 and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum’s exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era. Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano.
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 was part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2012 is its 37th year. Memberships are available: $70 single, $105 dual, or $50 single student. www.lafilmforum.org
Funding for this program is generously provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Metabolic Studio.