Programmed by Almudena Escobar López and Herb Shellenberger, “Common Visions” delves into collective and collaborative works. Below, Shellenberger shares what influenced their programming.
In programming this winter’s Flaherty NYC series “Common Visions,” we tried to highlight a diversity of works and practices that were centered around a spirit of collaboration. We took this to include not only works that were produced collectively, by multiple filmmakers or through a relationship between filmmaker and performer/participant/audience, but also through works that explored the commons, the public sphere or cultural memory, things that are shared among all of us either formally or informally. What emerged from our research and selection is a group of works that in their construction feel both untidy and urgent, works that embrace the unexpected and open-ended. This is true across techniques, eras and geography: the “Open Form” films made by Polish duo KwieKulik in the 1970s have the same stakes as the collaborative performance videos shot on location by contemporary broadcast project E.S.P. TV. The bodies posed in an empty, abstracted landscape in Italian artist Luca Maria Patella’s 1967 film Terra Animata look eerily similar to those of Nadia Granados and Amber Bemak in their 2017 video Borderhole, though the two works employ them to in an examination formal and socio-political concerns, respectively. While we hope there are multiple threads throughout “Common Visions” that our audience will pick up on, the dialectic between works made past and present is an important one that we feel helps get to the root of what can make collaborative works feel so urgent, untidy and infused with a sense of liveness.
Listed below is the full winter/spring series. For more details, click on the program’s name.
belit sağ AGAINST (RANDOMNESS) Turkey, 2017, 2 min, digital
Colectivo los Ingrávidos AQUI NUESTRO PRESENTE PARECE SUSPENDIDO Mexico, 2014, 4 min, digital
belit sağ DISRUPTION / AKSAMA Turkey, 2016, 5 min, digital
Colectivo los Ingrávidos DOBLAJE Y DESFASE GUBERNAMENTAL Mexico, 2015, 3 min, digital
Colectivo los Ingrávidos PIEDRA DE SOL Mexico, 2017, 8 min, digital
belit sağ AYHAN AND ME (AYHAN VE BEN) Turkey, 2016, 14 min, digital
Colectivo los Ingrávidos SANGRE SECA Mexico, 2017, 9 min, digital
belit sağ IF YOU SAY IT FORTY TIMES… Turkey, 2017, 5 min, digital
Colectivo los Ingrávidos CONFLAGRACIÓN Mexico, 2017, 16 min, digital
various FOR LIFE AGAINST THE WAR U.S., 1967, 150 min, 16mm
Elsa Stansfield & Madelon Hooykaas ABOUT BRIDGES Netherlands, 1975, 25 min, 16mm
Pere Portabella PLAY BACK Spain, 1970, 8 min, 16mm-to-digital
Joaquim Jordà & Jacinto Esteva Grewe DANTE NO ES ÚNICAMENTE SEVERO Spain, 1967, 75 min, 35mm-to-DCP. DCP courtesy of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
FREE JAZZ WITH BODIES
Tuesday, February 27, 7pm
Nadia Granados and Amber Bemak in person.
Alice Anne Parker RIVERBODY U.S., 1970, 6 min, 16mm
KwieKulik ACTIVITIES Poland, 1972, 12 min, 16mm-to-digital
Luca Maria Patella TERRA ANIMATA Italy, 1967, 7 min, 16mm-to-35mm
Nadia Granados & Amber Bemak BORDERHOLE Mexico, 2017, 14 min, digital
Luca Maria Patella SKMP2 Italy, 1968, 30 min, 16mm-to-35mm
KwieKulik GAME ON MOREL’S HILL (GROUP ACTION) Poland, 1971/2006, 15 min, digital
Ashim Ahluwalia EVENTS IN A CLOUD CHAMBER India, 2016, 22 min, digital
Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind IN THE FUTURE, THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN Denmark/Qatar/UK, 2015, 28 min, digital
Monira Al Qadiri THE CRAFT Netherlands/UK, 2017, 16 min, digital
Alison S. M. Kobayashi MUSIC IS MAGIC Canada/U.S., 2016, 14 min, digital with live performance
HELLO, YOU’RE ON LIVE”
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
Tara Merenda Nelson, Alison Folland, Scott Kiernan (E.S.P. TV) and Victoria Keddie (E.S.P. TV) in person.
Co-presented with Electronic Arts Intermix.
KwieKulik OPEN FORM: SCHOOL Poland, 1971, 9 min, 35mm-to-digital
various COLAB 78′-80′ U.S., 1978-80, 10-min excerpt, digital
Nam June Paik GOOD MORNING MR. ORWELL U.S., 1984, 38 min, digital
Tara Merenda Nelson, Alison Folland, Elaine Bay, Dave Ortega, Deven Smith-Clarke & Gordon Nelson FRUIT HOSPITAL 1-2 U.S., 2014, 10 min, digital
E.S.P. TV E.S.P. TV SEASON SEVEN U.S., 2017, 30 min, digital