Selection #1

What Can
A Body Do?

44 mins

A body framed, contained, isolated. A body full, spilling over, pushing its thresholds, throbbing like a nervous light and attracted by the cheap thrills of funfairs and daredevils. A body that can turn limitations into potentialities, augmented or reduced by its affections. Something to touch and to be touched by, something that can be shared, assembled, dispersed, like the film itself when it bursts into light and spreads throughout our bodies.

Thu 22 Oct

20:30 - 21.15 / ACUD STUDIO

Emma Piper-Burket
If the edges start to hurt

2019, USA/France, S8/16mm, col, sound, 4'

There is a big tree in Southwestern New Mexico where wild turkeys often roost. The tree is near a house, and at dusk everyone in that house gets very quiet hoping the turkeys won't get scared away and go somewhere else to sleep. As the birds fly up to the highest branches their wings flap, displacing the wind around them. The whole process can last an hour or more. This is a film about staying supple after heartbreak and what happens when it snows in the desert.

Mike Stoltz
Something to Touch That Is Not Corruption or Ashes or Dust

2020, USA, 16mm, col, sound, 9

Fences, zooms, blast beats and oscillators search for possibility or perforation as walls close in. Attempting to break free from patterns and spirals as bodies become contained.

Ken Jacobs
The whole shebang

2019, USA, HD, col, sound, 6'

Black and white evokes nostalgia for The Great Depression. Things were so cheap, including lives. We see daredevils (desperate people) compete for money prizes. Baby prepares for WW2.

Alee Peoples
Standing Forward Full

2020, USA, 16mm, col, sound, 5' 30''

A helter skelter is an amusement ride with a spiral slide built around a tower. Like this film, an exorcism attempt of an unrequited desire, itʼs either moving too fast or at a complete standstill. Disorienting but exciting.

Hogan Seidel & Gabby Sumney
Sorrow Halved

2019, USA, 35mm, col, silent, 7'

In 2019, Hogan Seidel and Gabby Sumney decided to tackle a yearly collaboration called Sorrow Halved–from the German idiom “Geteilte Freude ist doppelte Freude, geteilter Schmerz ist halber Schmerz.” or “A joy shared, is a joy doubled. A sorrow shared, is a sorrow halved.” The two queer artists took a shine to the idiom as they considered ways to subvert traditional notions of authorship and the experimental canon in their practice and their teaching. The “sorrow” of singular creative genius that is often hailed in the experimental world felt counter to the lessons they were bringing to their students and to their approach to making queer art.For one year, Gabby and Hogan took the same strip of 35mm clear leader and passed it back and forth every month. There were no restrictions on how to interact with the strip or limitations on materials. The artists were simply responding to each other through gestures.

Michael WoodsBody Prop: Movement 1 [destroyed be forever all the bonds of nature]

2019, USA/Ecuador, S8/HD, col, sound, 14'

The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart / In your cold room / The silence that makes you mine / Fall, stars / She sat around and counted them all a million times / My name no one will know / And if my love were in vain / Oh God, I would want to die! / She was the roughest, toughest frail / In your cold room look at the trembling stars / I am pining, I am tormented! / but my mystery is closed in me / Have pity / I’ll win at dawn and we must alas die / Have pity / Death and despair flame about me