Fiat 126p © Zygmunt Rytka Space-Modulation © Bart Vegter Sand, or Peter and the Wolf © Caroline Leaf Eniaios III reel 1, Gilbert & George © Gregory J. Markopoulos
EYE Film, Amsterdam
EYE's collection spans the entirety of film history from silent films dating back to the 19th century. Every year more films – Dutch and foreign – are added. EYE also collects film-related ephemera like photos, soundtracks etc. In Oberhausen, EYE will present early films by Bart Vegter, who is considered the pioneer of abstract films in the Netherlands. Vegter experimented with both analogue and computer animation techniques. His early films, shot on Super8 and 16mm, fell to EYE after his death and have so far never been shown outside the Netherlands.
EYE will present, among others, new 35mm copies of some of his early Super8 works like Tekenfilm and Levend Patroon, which will premiere in Oberhausen.
Filmoteka Muzeum, Warsaw
Filmoteka Muzeum of Warsaw's Museum of Modern Art stores some of the most outstanding works of Polish artists' moving image of the 20th and 21st century, comprising artistic film, video art, performance, and documentary art footage. The archive focuses on the propagation and digitisation of Polish experimental film. Most of the collection can be viewed online at Filmoteka's website, which offers access to more than 500 films, featuring artists like Pawel Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, Józef Robakowski, Artur Zmijewski, and many others.
The Oberhausen screening will present newly restored films by Polish artists from the 1970s plus interesting picks from artists' home VHS archives from the two following decades.
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Ma
The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in North America, with holdings including 35mm and 16mm prints and elements for over 25,000 titles. Officially founded in 1979, the HFA is also a cinematheque renowned for its cutting-edge original programmes drawing from across film history and contemporary world cinema.
For its Oberhausen showcase HFA Director Haden Guest has curated a programme featuring recent preservation work, including films by Caroline Leaf and Anne Charlotte Robertson, and a selection of rare avantgarde, educational, propaganda and ethnographic films from the HF's expansive collection of exhibition prints.
The Temenos Archive, Zürich
In the mid 1970s Gregory Markopoulos conceived the idea of The Temenos (sacred grove) as an archive and screening site for his and Robert Beavers' films. Withdrawing his early films from distribution, he started to work on the eighty-hour film, Eniaios, never printed in his lifetime. When Markopoulos died in 1992, Robert Beavers found a home for the archive in Zürich and began to preserve their early films, and, with the help of several young filmmakers, he restored the first eight Eniaios cycles, which were premiered at the Temenos site in Greece.
Short works representing Markopoulos' poetic narratives, portraits and films of place will be shown, followed by a discussion about the filmmakers' archive.