The 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is launching a three-year live cinema project curated by the Finnish artist, filmmaker and curator Mika Taanila.
We are led to believe that the future of cinema lies in virtual experiences that are as realistic as possible, in the Internet, in 3D spectacles and virtual reality. Nothing could be further from the idea of cinema. In his project “Conditional Cinema”, the Finnish artist, filmmaker and curator Mika Taanila examines the cinema space as a post-industrial reality, using live cinema as a tool to address the role of cinema and moving images in the digital age. What can cinema teach us today? What is at risk of being forgotten without cinema?
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has been addressing the issue a of post-cinematographic reality and the question of how the specific form of perception offered by cinema as a cultural technique can be preserved or even enhanced for a number of years. This three-year examination will evolve in three stages. In its first year, Taanila will present three programmes of works situated in the traditional cinema space but which conceive of moving images not as final but as fluid, evolving, improvised or interactive.
One programme is dedicated to the works of Peter Miller. Miller’s theme is the projection as performance: Stained Glass, for example, opens with a title card instructing the projectionist to remove the projector’s lens, thus exposing the private inner life of a film projector. Oberhausen is also presenting the world premiere of his new work ST*R in which the audience interact with the projection, and other works by the artist.
Owen O’Toole’s The Filmers’ Almanac is at the centre of the second programme. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the festival is screening this classic, a compilation of Super 8 films contributed by more than 130 filmmakers in 1988, accompanied live by Mika Taanila and Caspar Stracke.
The third programme features two works, Ficciones by the Mexican artist Manuela de Laborde, including a performance by Manuela de Laborde and Sound by David Goldberg. The second is the world premiere of Literal Translations by the Finnish sound artist Anton Nikkilä, a combination of projected texts and live soundscapes.
“Conditional Cinema” is one of four new sections launched at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
Screening dates see programme.
Curator Mika Taanila was one of the six artists exhibiting at the Nordic Pavilion of the 2017 Venice Biennal; he also took part in documenta 13 and Manifesta 4. His work has been presented by the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Migrosmuseum Zurich and the Badische Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
Oberhausen, 15 March 2018
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