In response to the exhibition Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-62, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents an international program of radical films that puncture the image, three-dimensionalize the film surface, or otherwise challenge the traditional cinematic experience. Each work in the program unleashes an energy unseen in ordinary cinema by transforming the strip of film from an unbroken “window on the world” into a turbulent contest of individual frames.
Just as post-war painters challenged the continued legitimacy of the picture plane, artists working in film sought to push past the “realistic” representations of time and space typified by the hegemonic Hollywood studio productions. Breaking with accepted forms of cinematic representation–often by physically altering the film itself–these works appear to fulfill Lucio Fontana’s prescient call for the discovery of a “luminous malleable substance” that would allow for an art of speed to be created in four dimensions. Politically, sexually, and formally radical, these transgressive works from 1959-67 still retain their power to shock. The result is a visceral cinema, both literally and metaphorically full of holes.
Programmed by Madison Brookshire
$12, FREE for members of MOCA or Los Angeles Filmforum (present your membership card at the box office to claim tickets; no free tickets will be issued without membership card). For tickets, go to moca.org and click on calendar.
Jane Conger Belson Shimane, Odds and Ends (1959, 16mm, color, 4 min.)
Takahiko Iimura, On Eye Rape (1962, 16mm, color, 10 min)
Stan Brakhage, Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (1961, 16mm, color, 9 min.)
Stan Brakhage, Mothlight (1963, 16mm, color, 4 min)
Carolee Schneemann, Fuses (1967, 16mm, color, 23 min.)
Aldo Tambellini, Black Trip (1965, 16mm, black and white, 5 min.)
Kurt Kren, 3/60: Baume im Herbst (Trees in Autumn) (1960, 16mm, black and white, 5 min.)
Kurt Kren, 6/64: Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Mühl) [Mom and Dad (An Otto Muehl Happening)] (1964, 16mm, color, 4 min.)
Ken Jacobs, Blonde Cobra (1963, 16mm, black and white, 33 min.)
This program is supported by a generous donation from Catherine Opie; 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.
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