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A SWAN SONG

Peter Tscherkassky & Eve Heller

Curated by Atelier Impopulaire

At this very moment in history we are being forced to face the loss of a fully developed and established artistic means of expression, that is analogue cinema. What we have come to call “modern art” came into being as art began to reflect its inner structure, its very means and possibilities – in one word, its material. Ever since, all radical art has been vitally informed by the unique potential of its medium. This is why film and digital imaging are in no way interchangeable, neither in their process nor in their projection. Only one of the many effect which both are capable of connects the two: the illusion of movement. For those who regard cinema merely as matter of moving images, the difference between the two media therefore seems negligible. But for those who are committed to working with the host of possibilities unique to film, its imminent extinction is dramatic.

Perhaps in a few years analogue cinema will be gone, replaced by digital picture processing and whatever comes next. Until then I will continue my artistic work as a swan song of film, as my farewell to the unique beauty of analogue cinema. Peter Tscherkassky

I work with different things. I work with cameras, I sometimes shoot my own films. It’s usually that I generate the material, and even if I’ve shot it in the world, I then optically print it, slow it down and process it. Sometimes it’s found footage, sometimes it’s generated [by me] in the world and then put through the optical printer.

When I find a film that's provocative to me – for its camera angles, lighting, story line – I watch it over and over and over again. I think about what I can manipulate through the optical printer – a device that allows me to re-photograph the material frame by frame, to slow the ratio of the film, make double or triple exposures. I start imagining a new story from the old story or I start thinking about a poetic vocabulary, certain themes and formal issues that come up. Eve Heller

December 3-6

Filmmaker Film Festival
Cineteca Italiana
Spazio Oberdan
Via Vittorio Veneto 2
Milano 

IULM University
Via Carlo Bo 1
Milano

 
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