Images dusts

Film cycle around the exhibition A Handful of Dust
November 10, 2015 - January 12, 2016


Kirk Palmer, 2006

Based on artists' films and experimental movies from the Light Cone collection, these three sessions highlight three possible interpretations of the landmark work by Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray: the strangeness of forms at the outer reaches of the legible, a point of view that stresses the image's mineral aspect, and a challenge to the established order from telluric natural forces. 

Minerality / Tuesday November 2015, 10 - 8 PM

« It is strange to think that nature, which can neither draw nor paint any likeness, sometimes creates the illusion of having done so, while art, which has always been successful at resemblances, renounces its traditional, almost inevitable and 'natural' vocation and turns to the creation of such forms as nature itself abounds in – mute, unpremeditated, and without a model. » Roger Caillois (L’Écriture des pierres, Skira, Genève, 1970). An interest in the mineral world and its diversity is apparent in the work of many artists. Jean Painlevé and Thorsten Fleisch unveil the hidden splendour of crystals, Helene Garberg takes us into the stony depths of Mexico, and Nathaniel Dorsky reveals the concealed wonders of the desert in Alaya, a film eleven years in the making. 

Cristaux liquides by Jean Painlevé, 1978, 16 mm, coul., son, 7’
Scene 32 by Shambhavi Kaul, 2009, vidéo, coul., son, 5’
Arrastre by Nicholas Brooks, 2010, vidéo, coul., son, 7’55
Interim by Helene Garberg, 2013, vidéo, coul., son, 12’50
Kosmos by Thorsten Fleisch, 2004, 16 mm, coul., son, 5’11
Alaya by Nathaniel Dorsky, 1976-1987, 16 mm, coul., sil, 28

The shapeless faces / Tuesday December 1, 2015 - 8 PM

« Formlessness designates an inherent capacity on the part of forms to deform themselves, to move suddenly from similarity to dissimilarity », Georges Didi-Huberman (La Ressemblance informe ou le Gai Savoir visuel selon Georges Bataille, Macula, Paris, 1995).The interplay between what assumes form and what is formless, between what obeys classification and what eludes it, between what is identifiable and what shuns identification, is the key to the films on show here: the naturalistic view taken by Robert Schaller when he reproduces the eyesight of a bee with a pinhole camera; the organic approach of Miles McKane, in which mosses and plants turn into forests in miniature; and the purely perceptual vision of things constructed by Rose Lowder.   

Track Moss Bypass by Miles McKane, 1987, vidéo, coul., sil, 7’
Murmur by Kirk Palmer, 2006, vidéo, n&b, son, 7’
Niagara by Tania Mouraud, 2009, vidéo, coul., son, 8’24
24/7 (Into The Direction Of Light) by m.ash, 2008, vidéo, coul., sil, 8’43
Sans Titre by Taysir Batniji, 2002, vidéo, coul., sil, 1’56
Eye Eclipse by João Maria Gusmão et Pedro Paiva, 2007, 16mm, coul., sil, 2’40
My Life As A Bee by Robert Schaller, 2002, 16 mm, coul., sil, 6’
Microform by Emilie Serri, 2010, 16 mm, coul., son, 6’
Couleurs mécaniques de Rose Lowder, 1979, 16 mm, coul., sil, 16’

Telluric strenghs  / Tuesday January 12, 2016 - 8 PM

« From my site you can see mountains with horizontal lines where the old lake bit into the rock as it was going down. The mirages are extraordinary; you can see whole mountains hovering over the earth, reflected upside down in the heat. The feeling of timelessness is overwhelming . . . After camping alone in the desert awhile, I had a strong sense that I was linked through thousands of years of human time with the people who had lived in the caves for so long » Nancy Holt. Ranging from the Racetrack Playa geological site near Death Valley (Adrien Missika) to the volcano of Mt Stromboli (Laurent Grasso) and the Great Salt Lake in Utah (Nancy Holt), these films explore nature's deep driving forces. They too are proof that man cannot afford to cut himself off from the environment he lives in.

Enlighten by Christoph Girardet, 2000, vidéo, coul., son, 5’10
Li: The Patterns of Nature by John Nathan Campbell, 2007, vidéo, coul., son, 9’07
Luukkaankangas — Updated, Revisited by Dariusz Krzeczek, 2004, vidéo, coul, son, 8’
Soleil noir by Laurent Grasso, 2014, vidéo, coul., son, 11’40
Sailing Stones by Adrien Missika, 2011, vidéo, coul., son, 11’04
Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt, 1978, 16 mm, coul., son, 26’

Practical info

Cinéma des Cinéastes
7, avenue de Clichy - 75017 Paris

9,50 euros full price
7,50 euros reduced price
film + exhibition au BAL : 11 euros



Shoji Ueda / Trends in Postwar Japanese Photography

Vasantha Yogananthan in conversation with Cécile Sayuki Poimboeuf-Koizumi, Marc Feustel and Lilian Froger

Thursday October 29, 2015 - 8 PM

Talk with John Divola and David Campany

Saturday 14 November 2015 at 12PM

Concert by Filipe Felizardo and Dana Valser

Saturday November 21, 2015 - 8 PM

Concept of nothing

Encounter with Bernard Marcadé

Thursday December 10, 2015 - 8 PM

A Handful of Dust

Curated by David Campany

October 18, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Screening / performance and discussion

With Katja Stuke, Oliver Sieber and Karin Krijgsman

Thursday October 22, 2015 - 8 PM