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The Filmic Conventions

FormContent at Zoo ‘09
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

16 October—19 October 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.

Parallel to the exhibition in our East London space, The Filimic Conventions will be presented at Zoo 2009 from 16 until 19 October. We will use this opportunity to present The Filmic Conventions as a choral video-installation that will offer the viewer a glimpse of all the layers of this sujective theory of moving image.

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FormContent: , Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

FormContent: , Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

FormContent: , Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

FormContent: , Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

FormContent: , Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal

Installation view of The Filmic Conventions at Zoo 09, photo credit Thierry Bal