Edit Film Culture! – Portraits (II) – ArsenalJuly 22, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pmArsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V.Potsdamer Straße 2, Berlin 10785, Germany
Jack Smith Birgit und Wilhelm Hein FRG 1974 3 min
*Hulda Zumsteg Gregory Markopoulos USA 1969 16 mm 3 min
*(nostalgia) Hollis Frampton USA 1971 16 mm 36 min
*Her Mona Klaus Telscher Germany 1992 16 mm 7 min
*Hollywood Killed Me Christoph Janetzko, Dorothee Wenner FRG 1988 16 mm 18 min
*Birgit Hein and Dorothee Wenner in person
From the 5th to the 22nd of July, 2018, the Edit Film Culture! festival and exhibition is taking place at silent green Kulturquartier and Arsenal. It incorporates different event formats involving international experts and artists to raise questions about the conditions of film cultures today and their relevance for society. The magazine Film Culture, which was started by Jonas and Adolfas Mekas in New York in 1955, was regarded as a platform for dialogue between filmmakers and their audiences, between theory and practice, between film and art. 79 issues were published through 1996.
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Gregory J. Markopoulos and the Cantrills – MELNYC – MelbourneJuly 2, 2018 - July 10, 2018
Part of the MELNYC celebration of Melbourne and New York
This program was a reflection on the under-explored relationship between Markopoulos and the Australian experimental film pioneers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill.
Markopoulos was one of the leading figures of the New American Cinema of the 1960s. During these years in New York, he created a singular, mythic, and poetic body of work, and made films with numerous leading NYC figures—Andy Warhol, Taylor Mead, Jasper Johns, W.H. Auden, Susan Sontag, Shirley Clarke, Allen Ginsberg, Jonas Mekas, and several others. But, by 1967, disillusioned with the American underground cinema, Markopoulos left for Europe with his partner Robert Beavers. He began to pull his films from distribution in the US and, in the early ‘70s, publicly announced his dissociation from New York’s Film-makers Co-operative and the New American Cinema. In Europe, he would develop his vision for a film archive and projection space for, and commensurate to, both his and Beavers’ films. This would be founded in the Temenos, near Lyssarea in Greece, which was conceived of as the fimmakers’ gift to future ideal viewers of their films, the “New Cinema Spectators”.
The removal of his films from distribution is partially why Markopoulos remains so overlooked and under-seen. However, quite surprisingly, and luckily for all of us, as part of his exile from America, Markopoulos offered his films to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. In fact, during the early ‘70s, when Markopoulos was cutting his ties with New York’s film culture, he also started to publish for the newly-initiated, Melbourne film journal, the Cantrills Filmnotes (1971-2000), run by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill. The largely forgotten story of Markopoulos, and his less recognised connections with Australian film culture (and the Cantrills especially), inspired this program. This is a really rare opportunity to see Markopoulos’s and the Cantrills films—which are born of a similar commitment to the cathode medium itself; to “film as film”—in their intended, material formats.
We hope you can join us for some or all of the screenings in July. Please share with anyone who may be interested.
With best wishes,
Audrey Lam and Keegan O’Connor
- Gregory J. Markopoulos: Mythopoet, Artist-Physician
Monday, July 2, 6.30 start. Approx. 102 mins.
- Gregory J. Markopoulos: The Illiac Passion
Thursday, July 5, 6.30 start. Approx. 92 mins.
- Markopoulos and the Cantrills: Portraits
Monday, July 9, 6.30 start. Approx. 82 mins.
- Markopoulos and the Cantrills: A Sense of Place
Tuesday, July 10, 6.30 start. Approx. 91 mins.
More details: https://thelanguageoftheimage.tumblr.com/
- Gregory J. Markopoulos: Mythopoet, Artist-Physician
The Illiac Passion – Museum of the Moving ImageMay 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmMuseum of the Moving Image36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria NY 11106, United States
Part of Panorama Europe 2018
Presented by the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation USA
USA. Dir. Gregory Markopoulos, 1967, 90 mins. 16mm. With Taylor Mead, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith. In English. One of the masters of American avant-garde filmmaking, Gregory Markopoulos had developed a singular, senses-stunning style—marked by lush, color-saturated visuals; psychologically-charged editing; and a concern with the mythopoeic—when he left the US for good, relocated to Europe, and pulled his films from public exhibition. The gradual re-emergence of his work continues with this rare screening of one of his greatest achievements, a contemporary take on Prometheus Bound. It’s a spectacle of passion and creation in which Aeschylus’ text mixes with the music of Bartok and underground luminaries Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock, and Gerard Malanga are cast as the titans of Greek mythology.
Galaxie – Punto de Vista festival – Pamplona, SpainMarch 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pmBALUARTE Congress Hall and Auditorium of NavarreBaluarte Square, Pamplona Navarre 31002, Spain
Section: Correspondences: Films as LettersProgram 1: Emotional Constellations
Jonas Mekas, Susan Sontag, Shirley Clarke, Allen Ginsberg, the Kuchar brothers and Jasper Johns are some of the 33 subjects Markopoulos visited in their homes or studios to portray in Galaxie. Winding back every time the reel came to an end, their identities grew with each layer. For the seventh shoot, he asked each to choose a personal object (a drawing, a postcard, a photo, a toy, a mask, a crucifix). The constellation of emotions arises from the encounter between the confined actions of those portrayed and the filmmaker’s single frames, fades, occasional ham-fisted lens work, sinuous movements and in-camera editing.
GALAXIE. Gregory Markopoulos.1966. 16mm., 82’, sonora.
Galaxie – Metrograph Cinema – New YorkMarch 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pmMetrograph7 Ludlow Street,, NYC United States
Gregory Markopoulos, one of the most revered and acclaimed of American avant garde filmmakers, decamped for Europe in 1967, and, angry at the state of exhibition, removed his works from distribution in the mid-1970s. To this day, every screening of a Markopoulos movie is an event—and this one is no exception. Screening one night only and presented by filmmaker Robert Beavers, Galaxie is among Markopoulos’ supreme achievements: silent save for the chime of a ritual bell, it collects disarming filmed portraits of thirty men and women of the New York art world in the mid-’60s, including W.H. Auden, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, and Jasper Johns, and pillars of the filmmaking community like Jonas Mekas and the Kuchar brothers, images edited and overlaid in-camera by Markopoulos and his trusty Bolex. A singular celebration of an extraordinary, brilliant, and fiercely uncompromised body of film art.
Cairo & BarcelonaFebruary 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Film Implosion – Cairo
Films by Gregory Markopoulos and Robert Beavers were shown at the Film Implosion exhibition at the Medrar Center for Contemporary Art in Cairo, Egypt.
Film Implosion is an exhibition dedicated to Swiss experimental cinema, curated by Temenos friends François Bovier and Adeena Mey.
Xcèntric – Barcelona
On February 22nd, 2018, our friends at Xcentric (the film society of the CCCB) will present Markopoulos’s portrait film Eros, O Basileus along with three more films by Robert Beavers. For more information please visit Xcèntric’s website.