20.5.2022 Kaupunginkirjaston Draama-sali klo 20.00
Filmverkstaden tuo jälleen kansainvälisen tason elokuvataiteilijoita Vaasaan esittelemään teoksia! Australialaiset kokeellisen elokuvataiteen edustajat esittelevät 7 omatekemäänsä teosta näytöksessä, joka on osa heidän euroopan kiertuettaan. Tapahtuma on englanninkielinen, ilmainen ja ikärajaton. Tervetuloa!
Hand and Machine
Hand made 16mm films from Australia
Cinema was the first inescapably mechanical art. But in this post-mechanical age, the traditional apparatus of cinema has all too rapidly been deemed obsolete and primitive. Yet the handing over of industrial machinery to anti-industrial users represents one of the prime creative opportunities for re-appraising and re-interpreting the nature of ourselves as transformed by the age of machines.
Post mechanical age, the humanness of the machine can be made evident. Post mechanical age, machine craft is the new hand craft. This program presents seven recent film works from Australian diy cine experimentalists Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie exploring the primitive apparatus of cinema and the relation between hand and machine.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 9 mins, 2020, 16mm
Valparaiso is a city defined not only by arts and culture, but it is also a marvel of improvised urban design and unique architecture. Also called “the jewel of the pacific” or “Valparadise”, Valparaiso is composed of more than 200 different hills where some of the most audacious artists inspire to create their art. Valpi – is horizontally segmented, creating an immersive yet abstracted chronicle of both the multifaceted layers of human life in this place and the politico-cultural fractures hidden beneath the surface.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 11 mins, 2019, 16mm
Workers of the world, in high vis, building other people’s dreams.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 11 mins, 2016, 11 min
Across the sea. Across the street. Cross processed and grain enlarged images of fraught neighbours Korea and Japan in a pointillist sea of grain.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 10 mins, 2022, 16mm
A staccato study of street level action and inter-action. People and vehicles on everyday journeys are atomised into coursing fragments of light, shadow, angle and inertia, reiterating and disassembling the creation of motion out of still frames at the heart of cinema. Filmed in ten cities on four continents.
In and Out a Window
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 13 mins, 2021, 16mm
’The literal frame of a window overlooking a small garden becomes the scene through which Richard Tuohy’s film exploits the myriad plastic potentialities of the cinematic frame. Immersive and stroboscopic, In and Out a Window offers its own variations on cinema’s mechanical segmentations of space and time, opening up a portal to undiscovered dimensions and new phenomenologies.’ (from NYFF film festival catalogue)
China not China
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 14 minutes, 2018, 16mm
Hong Kong marked 20 years since its hand over; just under half way through the planned 50 year ’one country, two systems’ transition. Taiwan, once imperial China, once Formosa, now ROC on the edge of the PRC. Multiple exposures of street scenes distort space and place creating a fluid sense of impermanence and transition, of two states somewhere between China and not China.
Mesmo Rio – Same River
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 2019, 13 mins, 16mm
Rocks become sand become rocks become sand. All life is life on the beach. As much as you want, you can never step into the same river, or walk the same city, twice.
Self Portrait with Bag
Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 6 mins, 2020, 16mm
A camera-less portrait of the artist. Super 8 cartridges placed inside a black cotton bag, the film advanced via a hand crank. The tiny gaps in the fabric weave make for dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of tiny pinholes.
Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 12 mins, 2016, 16mm,
Found in the (now possibly lost) film archive at Lab Laba Laba, footage from a trailer for the 1981 Indonesian propaganda film ’Kereta Api Terakhir’ (The Last Train) melts into a soup of chemigrammed (produced by chemistry, not by light) perforations. A film about the silence that follows the unspeakable; about blurred visions, untold histories and inaccessible archives.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 15 min, double 16mm projection, 2018
On Christmas eve in 1974, the city of Darwin in tropical northern Australia was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. In this expanded cinema piece, a single film print, featuring only concentric circles is bi-packed against itself in two 16mm projectors simultaneously. Through this approach, the quadrupled image of circles is transformed into troubled patterns of pulsating and swirling interference and whaling sounds of tropical violence.