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The Filmic Conventions

Meris Angioletti, Salvatore Arancio, Filipa César, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Beatrice Gibson, Gabriel Lester, Thomas Lock, Gintaras Makarevicius, Sefer Memişoğlu, Laurent Montaron, Alexandra Navratil, Laure Prouvost, Lois Rowe, Dan Shaw-Town & Tim Winter, Kathrin Sonntag, Jason Underhill. Also David Crosswaite (selected by Mike Sperlinger), Peter Downsbrough and Elodie Pong (selected by Anne-Sophie Dinant), Leslie Thornton (selected by James Richards)

2 October—22 November 2009

“[…] The total structure of meaning of an individual film can be regarded as a form of connotation. Each individual film is a creation of meaning(s) insofar as the application of different filmic codes brings into being a form that is new and not just a stereotype of a form that has been used before. […] A filmic work of art is the creation of a new system of signs, a sort of individual super-code or a structure of meanings in which every partial expression derives its meaning from its place within the whole system.”
(Excerpt from Jan M. Peters, Pictorial Signs and the Language of Film, Amsterdam, 1981)

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How does one create a theory of moving image through moving image? How does one trace the invisible boundaries between the production, the representation and the fruition of films?
Presenting a programme of video screenings might just replicate their functioning and influences, but could also refresh the basics and intent of a cinematic work.

The Filmic Conventions are the fluid rules in the cinematic vocabulary that help the viewer in structuring the laws applied to the consuming and dispersal of video-works and films. At the core of the project stands the attempt to create a plausible and yet subjective ‘theory of moving image’ through the practical reinterpretation of codes by a series of selected video-works from international artists.

For almost 2 months FormContent will become a cinema where, following the dictate of a series of rules (narrative code, code of the camera movement, directing code, figurative code, code of the verbal and musical expression), weekly screenings will unveil the artists’ different interpretation of these possible filmic standards.

Directing Code

2—4 October

  • Lois Rowe, Argument for Design, 2006, 4’ 30”
  • Sefer Memişoğlu, Rendering Rome, 2008, 6’
  • Meris Angioletti, Aussicht, 2007, 4’ 51”
  • Dan Shaw-Town & Tim Winter, At the edge of the world his journey begins, an objects search for autonomy in a world full of things, 2008, 10’

Figuration code
9—11 and 16—18 October

  • Laurent Montaron, Readings, 2005, 13’ 44”
  • Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Der Schlamm von Branst, 2008, 20’
  • Salvatore Arancio, Sentinel, 2008, 10’

Verbal / musical expression
23—25 October

  • Laure Prouvost, Burrow me / Pig, 2009, 15’
  • Jason Underhill, Howlin’, 2009, 30’
  • Thomas Lock, Body Dysfunctional, 2009, 35 mm on video, 15’

Narrative Code
30 October, 1 November and 6—8 November

  • Kathrin Sonntag, Dracula’s Ghost, 2009, 21’ 22”
  • Gabriel Lester, All Wrong, 2005, 22’
  • Gintaras Makarevicius, Testament of Sibiria, 2008, 14’
  • Beatrice Gibson, A Necessary Music, 2008, 28’

Camera Action
13—15 November

  • Alexandra Navratil, A Fraction of a Second Earlier, 2009, 2‘43”
  • Filipa César, Allee der Kosmonauten, 2007, 16 mm on video, 8’
  • Peter Downsbrough, ET/C , 2004 (selected by Anne-Sophie Dinant)
  • Elodie Pong, The Last Supper , 2007 (selected by Anne-Sophie Dinant)
  • David Crosswaite, Man with a movie camera , 1973 (selected by Mike Sperlinger)

Screening Programmes by James Richards
20—22 November 2009

Photography Is Easy
Friday—Saturday 3 pm, Sunday from 6 pm
Leslie Thornton

  • Sahara/Mojave, 2006, 12 min, color, sound
  • Strange Space, 1992, 3:46 min, color, sound
  • Photography is Easy, 2006, 4:30 min, color, sound
  • The Last Time I Saw Ron, 1994, 12 min, color and b&w, sound
  • Novel City, 2008, 7 min, color, sound

Mouth Room
Saturday 5pm / Sunday from 6 pm

  • Duncan Campbell, O Joan, No…, 2006, 12 mins
  • Kim Fielding, Photoshoot Tape 1 (James Richards re-edit), 2006, 2 mins
  • Stuart Marshall, Mouth Room, 1976, 6 mins
  • Anne McGuire, The Waltons, 1996, 7 mins
  • Michael Curran, Amami Se Vuoi, 1994, 5 mins
  • Anne McGuire, Joe Dimaggio 1,2,3, 1991, 11 mins
  • John Smith, OM , 16mm/video, 1986, 4 mins
  • Stuart Marshall, Arcanum, 1975, 7 mins
  • James Richards, Nils Bech Performing Can’t Live If Living Is Without You, 2006, 3 mins

After School Special
Friday 5pm / Sunday from 6pm

  • C-100 FILM CORPORATION /DIRECT EFFECT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
USA , 1990-1992, 30mins, video
  • Corin Sworn, After School Special, 2009, 20min video
  • John Smith, Blight, 1994-96, 14mins video/film

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FormContent: , Lois Rowe, Argument from Design, 2006, still from video, courtesy of the artist

Lois Rowe, Argument from Design, 2006, still from video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Dan Shaw-Town & Tim Winter, At the edge of the world his journey begins, an objects search for autonomy in a world full of things, 2008, still from video, courtesy of the artist

Dan Shaw-Town & Tim Winter, At the edge of the world his journey begins, an objects search for autonomy in a world full of things, 2008, still from video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Sefer Memişoğlu, Rendering Rome, still from video, courtesy of the artist

Sefer Memişoğlu, Rendering Rome, still from video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Meris Angioletti, Aussicht, 2007, still from video, courtesy of the artist and galleria Tiziana Di Caro

Meris Angioletti, Aussicht, 2007, still from video, courtesy of the artist and galleria Tiziana Di Caro

FormContent: , Salvatore Arancio, Sentinel, 2008, courtesy of the artist

Salvatore Arancio, Sentinel, 2008, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Der Schlamm von Branst, 2008, still from the video, courtesy Dependance

Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Der Schlamm von Branst, 2008, still from the video, courtesy Dependance

FormContent: , Laure Prouvost, Burrow me/Pig, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

Laure Prouvost, Burrow me/Pig, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Jason Underhill, Howlin’, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

Jason Underhill, Howlin’, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Thomas Lock, Body Disfunctional, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

Thomas Lock, Body Disfunctional, still from the video, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Kathrin Sonntag, Dracula’s Ghost, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of Galerie KAMM, Berlin

Kathrin Sonntag, Dracula’s Ghost, 2009, still from the video, courtesy of Galerie KAMM, Berlin

FormContent: , Gabriel Lester, All Wrong, 2005, still from the video, courtesy of Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

Gabriel Lester, All Wrong, 2005, still from the video, courtesy of Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

FormContent: , Gintaras Makarevicius, Testament of Sibiria, 2008, courtesy of Galerie schleicher+lange, Paris

Gintaras Makarevicius, Testament of Sibiria, 2008, courtesy of Galerie schleicher+lange, Paris

FormContent: , Beatrice Gibson, A Necessary Music, 2008, courtesy of the artist

Beatrice Gibson, A Necessary Music, 2008, courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , Elodie Pong, The Last Supper, 2007, Courtesy of the artist and FREYMOND-GUTH & Co. Fine Arts, Zürich

Elodie Pong, The Last Supper, 2007, Courtesy of the artist and FREYMOND-GUTH & Co. Fine Arts, Zürich

FormContent: , Alexandra Navratil, A Fraction of a Second Earlier, 2009, Courtesy of the artist

Alexandra Navratil, A Fraction of a Second Earlier, 2009, Courtesy of the artist

FormContent: , David Crosswaite, Man With a Movie Camera, 1973, Courtesy of the artist and LUX, London

David Crosswaite, Man With a Movie Camera, 1973, Courtesy of the artist and LUX, London

FormContent: , Peter Downsbrough, ET/C, 2004, Courtesy of the artist and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon

Peter Downsbrough, ET/C, 2004, Courtesy of the artist and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon