Rose Lowder: Colorful Frames
Filmforum continues bringing renowned experimental film artists from elsewhere this season with an extremely rare visit from France of filmmaker Rose Lowder. Note the change in location. This show is at the Velaslavasay Panorama, where a visit to its enchanted garden will be the perfect way to conclude a magical evening after viewing Lowder’s films.
Rose Lowder is one of Europe’s most influential and celebrated cinematic treasures—a filmmaker and scholar who first trained as a painter and sculptor, then later studied with filmmaker Jean Rouch. Since 1977 she has made over fifty experimental films, many of them shot frame-by-frame in rural Europe. Whether filming the view from her Avignon window, the French countryside, or centuries-old structures, Lowder composes highly charged, multiple-perspective mosaics that explore nature’s visual wonders and the underlying ecology of specific places. She investigates the world around her with a scientist’s precision, and exalts it with a singular vibrancy of form and color. Scott MacDonald has observed, “The most memorable of Lowder's films are experiments in creating distinct visual experiences that, in their reduction of day-long phenomena into brief, precise, intense cinematic moments, sing the potential of an ecological film aesthetic.”
Parcelle (1979, 3 min., silent, color, 16mm)
Couleurs mécaniques (Mechanical Colours) (1979, 16 min., silent, color, 16mm)
Champ Provençal (Provençal Field) (1979, 9 min., silent, 16mm)
Les tournesols (Sunflowers) (1982, 3 min., silent, 16mm)
Bouquets 1-10 (1994-95, 11.33 min, silent, 16mm)
Two Pictures (in collaboration with Carl Brown) (1999, 12 min, 16mm)
Habitat, Batracien/Batrachian (2006, 8.31 min., color, silent, 16mm)
Beijing 1988 (1988-2011, 12:17 min., 16mm)
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