Art Cinema 2: FREEM

Art Cinema presents a new afternoon of films that question or want to redefine the medium of film.

Sunday 24 October,15.00
entrance 14.30


CINEMA DAY 2
FREEM

Programme:

Introduction by Godart Bakkers

Karel Schmeink, Freem
gesprek Godart Bakkers met Karel Schmeink
Shinkichi Tajiri, The Vipers
Johan van der Keuken, Tajiri
Rosa Barba, Enigmatic Whisper
Len Lye, FreenRadicals

Artist Karel Schmeink will be present this evening. Godart Bakkers will have a conversation with him.


Club Solo

Kloosterlaan 138, Breda

facebookevent


Ton Bruynèl, Gérard L. Van den Eerebeemt, Frans van de Staak, Karel Schmeink, Freem
NL, 1966, 2×16 mm, 14′

Freem is a ‘collective work of art’ by Ton Bruynèl, Gérard L. Van den Eerebeemt, Frans van de Staak and Karel Schmeink. In this film, two film images are juxtaposed.In a double projection, the viewer sees alternately on the left and right screen abstract and associatively edited images from everyday life. The images enter into a relationship with each other, but it is up to the viewer whether or not to give this a meaning.

Freem was digitally restored by Eye Filmmuseum in 2018. During Art Cinema, the original 16mm version will be shown for the very last time due to the fragility of the roll. This in the presence of Karel Schmeink, one of the filmmakers.


Shinkichi Tajiri, The Vipers
NL, 1955, 16mm, 10”

The Vipers is an associative film about mind-altering substances.

I wanted to make a short documentary-like film about marijuana and hashish, mind-altering substances that were still relatively unknown to the general public in 1955. They were mainly used by a small group of artists, jazz musicians, intellectuals and North Africans.

I wanted to depict the ritual of rolling a joint and lighting it, and then juxtapose a series of seemingly disconnected images to represent the feeling of being high. When the film was finished, we took it to the 16mm Film Festival in Cannes and won the Golden Lion for ‘Best Use of Film Language’. (Shinkichi Tajiri, Tajiri, 1993)


Johan van der Keuken, Tajiri
NL, 1962, 16mm, 10’

Tajiri is a portrait of the sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri (1925-2005), who was born in the United States from Japanese parents and had settled in Europe after the war, first in Paris and from 1956 in the Netherlands. The start of Tajiri’s career as a sculptor coincided with the explosion of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and is largely rooted in the horrors of the Second World War. Van der Keuken shows Tajiri at work in his studio, with his family and searching on a junkyard for bronze and iron for his sculptures. The final part of the film relates the horrors of the war to Tajiri’s work, the mutilation of the earth by man, destruction and birth – central themes in Tajiri’s work.


Rosa Barba, Enigmatic Whisper
USA, 2017, 16mm, 8’

This film, shot on 16mm in the studio of artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) in Roxbury, Connecticut, paints a cinematic portrait of one of the key figures in 20th century art: with images of instruments and materials, preserved as Calder left them, but also of the natural environment.


Len Lye, Free Radicals
USA, 1957, 16mm, 5’

Some critics consider this to be Lye’s greatest film. He reduced the medium of film to its most elemental elements – light in darkness – by scratching directly onto black film – as dramatic as lightning in the night sky. He used a variety of tools, ranging from dental instruments to an ancient Indian arrowhead, and synchronised the images with traditional African music (a Bagirmi tribe field band). In 1979, Lye decided to shorten this already highly concentrated film from 5 to 4 minutes.

Filmmaker Stan Brakhage described the final version as ‘an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece’.


Agenda Art Cinema

Cinema afternoon 3: Wavelength
Date: 12 December 2021
With films by Michael Snow and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy and Anja Dornieden.

Cinema night 4: Zorns Lemma
Date: To be announced
With films by Hollis Frampton, Joyce Wieland and Mary Helena Clark.

Trailer

Art Cinema presents a new afternoon of films that question or want to redefine the medium of film.

Sunday 24 October,15.00
entrance 14.30


CINEMA DAY 2
FREEM

Programme:

Introduction by Godart Bakkers

Karel Schmeink, Freem
gesprek Godart Bakkers met Karel Schmeink
Shinkichi Tajiri, The Vipers
Johan van der Keuken, Tajiri
Rosa Barba, Enigmatic Whisper
Len Lye, FreenRadicals

Artist Karel Schmeink will be present this evening. Godart Bakkers will have a conversation with him.


Club Solo

Kloosterlaan 138, Breda

facebookevent


Ton Bruynèl, Gérard L. Van den Eerebeemt, Frans van de Staak, Karel Schmeink, Freem
NL, 1966, 2×16 mm, 14′

Freem is a ‘collective work of art’ by Ton Bruynèl, Gérard L. Van den Eerebeemt, Frans van de Staak and Karel Schmeink. In this film, two film images are juxtaposed.In a double projection, the viewer sees alternately on the left and right screen abstract and associatively edited images from everyday life. The images enter into a relationship with each other, but it is up to the viewer whether or not to give this a meaning.

Freem was digitally restored by Eye Filmmuseum in 2018. During Art Cinema, the original 16mm version will be shown for the very last time due to the fragility of the roll. This in the presence of Karel Schmeink, one of the filmmakers.


Shinkichi Tajiri, The Vipers
NL, 1955, 16mm, 10”

The Vipers is an associative film about mind-altering substances.

I wanted to make a short documentary-like film about marijuana and hashish, mind-altering substances that were still relatively unknown to the general public in 1955. They were mainly used by a small group of artists, jazz musicians, intellectuals and North Africans.

I wanted to depict the ritual of rolling a joint and lighting it, and then juxtapose a series of seemingly disconnected images to represent the feeling of being high. When the film was finished, we took it to the 16mm Film Festival in Cannes and won the Golden Lion for ‘Best Use of Film Language’. (Shinkichi Tajiri, Tajiri, 1993)


Johan van der Keuken, Tajiri
NL, 1962, 16mm, 10’

Tajiri is a portrait of the sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri (1925-2005), who was born in the United States from Japanese parents and had settled in Europe after the war, first in Paris and from 1956 in the Netherlands. The start of Tajiri’s career as a sculptor coincided with the explosion of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and is largely rooted in the horrors of the Second World War. Van der Keuken shows Tajiri at work in his studio, with his family and searching on a junkyard for bronze and iron for his sculptures. The final part of the film relates the horrors of the war to Tajiri’s work, the mutilation of the earth by man, destruction and birth – central themes in Tajiri’s work.


Rosa Barba, Enigmatic Whisper
USA, 2017, 16mm, 8’

This film, shot on 16mm in the studio of artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) in Roxbury, Connecticut, paints a cinematic portrait of one of the key figures in 20th century art: with images of instruments and materials, preserved as Calder left them, but also of the natural environment.


Len Lye, Free Radicals
USA, 1957, 16mm, 5’

Some critics consider this to be Lye’s greatest film. He reduced the medium of film to its most elemental elements – light in darkness – by scratching directly onto black film – as dramatic as lightning in the night sky. He used a variety of tools, ranging from dental instruments to an ancient Indian arrowhead, and synchronised the images with traditional African music (a Bagirmi tribe field band). In 1979, Lye decided to shorten this already highly concentrated film from 5 to 4 minutes.

Filmmaker Stan Brakhage described the final version as ‘an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece’.


Agenda Art Cinema

Cinema afternoon 3: Wavelength
Date: 12 December 2021
With films by Michael Snow and Juan David Gonzalez Monroy and Anja Dornieden.

Cinema night 4: Zorns Lemma
Date: To be announced
With films by Hollis Frampton, Joyce Wieland and Mary Helena Clark.

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