And it Came to Pass – Not to Stay

3 July 2012

There are never enough acid trips in a lifetime, never enough zen oniric multidimensional experiences during our Ibiza summer weekends. Although last weekend there was no need of a Balearic island nor a torrid Spanish sun to enjoy Rob Heppell’s last clip. It was the uber-trendy Brick Lane Coffee House which hosted a screening as part of the pre= East End Film festival  program (the festival which btw opens tonight!).

Rob’s clip will also be streaming later on this month in Gaza City as part of Windows for Gaza‘s Video Art Festival.

Still from And it Came to Pass - Not to Stay
Still from And it Came to Pass – Not to Stay

A meditation on the impermanence of situations“, built in 3D from footage gleaned by projecting colours onto snow and based on Buckminster Fuller’s assertion on impermanence and which Rob describes as something halfway between a play with colour fields and a psychedelic science-fiction war. Hope he uploads it to the web soon.

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Move to Move

28 May 2012

None of us was there 3 weeks ago for the return of Ohad Naharin to the Nederlands Theatre 1 and his ballet Secus, nor for Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Silent Screen & Shine a Light…. or last February for Alexander Ekman’s premiere of his new piece Left right Left right. But the wonders of technology allow us to have this week the opportunity to watch one of the NDT performances live from your cinema sofa.

It will happen this Thursday in one of the Pathe 400 cinemas that the live performance of the NDT1 “Move to move” will be presented live from La Haye, and on top of that we’ll get (pre-recorded unfortunately) Ekman’s newest piece for the NDT2.

You can ignore our advice and miss it, or watch this first partnership with what we hope will become some sort of regular habit. Many European cities will get this bizarre opportunity (all over France, Brussels, Madrid, Prague..) so if you live in one of those lucky places… GO! Not cheap (around 20€) but not your average evening neither. More info this way.

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Rencontres Internationales – Madrid

22 May 2012

Again, again and again. One of those unmissable dates for every Madrilian cinema & new arts sybarite starting tomorrow! So we thought… why not providing one of our quick reminders and forwarding the invite?

Rencontres Internationales Mad poster 2012
Rencontres Internationales Mad poster 2012

Between Paris and Berlin… there was always Madrid so the next 4 days will be that great time to discover all the new cinema & contemporary visual arts novelties this year has to offer…. @ the central Filmoteca and the Matadero Cineteca.

Documentaries, new storytelling, audiovisual arts… an international programme gathering 50 works from Spain, France, Germany and 20 other countries that will kick off tomorrow @ 19:30 with the presentation of Christian Barani’s “My Dubai Life”  followed by many other well (and less) known artists like Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Ugnius Gelnuda or Florin Tudor.

Still from Arjen De Leeuw's A place where life was captured
Still from Arjen De Leeuw's A place where life was captured

So as usual… if you happen to be in Madrid during the next few days… read the program, see if there’s anything that catches your eye… and if new fiction is something of interest… then you may want to download the invitation for 2 people for tomorrows opening screening @ the Madrilian Filmoteca. The invite this way, and more info this other way. Enjoy!

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Film Africa 2011 reviewed

Film Africa. Not Stale.
18 November 2011

There should be little doubt that a large part of London’s cosmopolitan culture comes from its Afro-Carribbean population. The definitive post-punk scene of the late 70s, populated by the likes of The Slits and Public Image Ltd, owe much to dub and reggae. Today, mainstream pop in England is informed by and suffused with grime, garage and dubstep. All things considered, it is astonishing just how little understanding there is of the African diasporic experience in Britain by what might be loosely termed the white majority. That’s why festivals like Film Africa are so important. A ten-day event featuring over 50 films from and about the continent, as well as a swathe of live performances and public discussions, the festival serves to generate a much-needed discourse on Africa and the Western world’s perception of it.

Two film nights of particular interest this year were the superbly curated short documentaries on the turbulent history of Ethiopia at Hackney Picturehouse, as well as the acclaimed experimental documentary film, Handsworth Songs (can be fully streamed here), at Brixton’s The Ritzy. Both film nights – each followed by Q&A sessions with some of London’s leading intellectuals and public figures –concern past historical events, which still resonate with and offer fresh perspective on current affairs and contemporary issues. Continue reading Film Africa 2011 reviewed

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