26 January – 4 February 2017: IFFR @ PrintRoom: EXPRMNTL PAPERS and The Flip Collection VII

Opening: 27 January, 18.30 pm at PrintRoom

EXPRMNTL PAPERS – Xavier Garcia Bardon

-A selection from the archives of the legendary EXPRMNTL film festival, the first international festival devoted to experimental cinema, which took place in Knokke between 1949 and 1974, organised by Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

-Screening of ‘Le Corbeau et le Renard’ by Marcel Broodthaers

-Festival posters by Pierre Alechinsky

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The Flip Collection VII

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-An international and growing collection of flipbooks by artists

Featuring:
-The pure necessity
by David Claerbout     

PrintRoom publication #16
Launch: Sunday 29 January, 3.00 pm at Pathé 6

after the screening of the film ‘Die reine Notwendigkeit’ (starting time 2.00 pm)   
Tickets through the festival website iffr.com 

Part of the programme of the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam
26 January – 4 February 2017:  
Extended opening hours during the IFFR: every day from 12 to 6 pm

More information:

Film historian, programmer and researcher Xavier García Bardón opens up the vaults of the Brussels’ CINEMATEK paper archive to highlight some lesser known aspects of the tumultuous history of EXPRMNTL. One important activity that continued in the intervals between editions, was the correspondence with filmmakers. In between 1967 and 1974, many of them applied for free film stock. On the basis of their proposals, Ledoux would donate Agfa-film, on the condition that the new work would then première at the next festival edition. Some filmmakers tested the limits of the festival by submitting ‘films without film’ (Eric Andersen, Tony Conrad), or by sabotaging the manifestation out of ideological protest against the Vietnam war (Harun Farocki, Holger Meins). And then there are notorious examples of titles that never made it through the selection process, such as Marcel Broodthaers’ Le Corbeau et le Renard. The graphic look of EXPRMNTL, designed by the likes of Corneille Hannoset and Alechinsky, also deserves special attention of course. A presentation in collaboration with CINEMATEK, Brussels.

EXPRMNTL is the most important event that has ever been organised for experimental cinema. This amazing festival (five editions between 1949 and 1974), organized in Knokke-le-Zoute in an empty casino between Christmas and New Year, was a key place for experimental film in the critical period of its development, and actually almost the only meeting point for avant-garde filmmakers for years, the place where experimental movements connected.

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 The pure necessity /Die reine Notwendigkeit 2016, by David Claerbout

Rather than telling the story of a little boy abandoned, far from civilization, in the middle of a jungle and in the midst of its fauna, Claerbout’s film loop culminates anew every hour on the hour –  like a clock – in the final scene of the original animated film. It is the moment in which a girl comes to the edge of the jungle to fetch water.

The one-hour loop turns the sentimental and comical story about dancing, singing, and trumpet-playing jungle animals of the animated movie classic The Jungle book of 1967 into a film that has dispensed all ‘humanization’ of the animals and portrays them instead in a manner befitting their species.

Despite the fact that The pure necessity completely eliminates the narrative of the original, it holds a fascination of its own. The ambiguity and incongruity of the protagonists, on whom a human ego was first imposed, only to be deprived of it again in this adaptation, serve to charge the completely eventless film narrative with a suggestive tension virtually impossible to put a finger on.

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The Flip Collection VII

The Flip Collection is an international, growing collection of flipbooks, part of PrintRoom’s travelling collection of publications by artists, designers, photographers and theoreticians.

A flipbook (also called thumb cinema) is a booklet that, for a short moment, becomes a film.

Contributions by: Zoe Beloff (US), Lewis Klahr (US), Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg (NL), Martha Colburn (US/NL), Sarah Vanagt (BE) & Katrien Vermeire (BE), Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva (NL/RU), Esther Urlus (NL), Han Hoogerbrugge (NL), Quinten Swagerman (NL), Bas Fontein (NL), Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL), Gloria Glitzer (DE), Ghenadie Popescu (MD), Maike Hemmers (DE/NL), Gözde Türkkan | Mimiko (TR), Georg Traber CH), Elena Gilbert (US/DE), Rachel Sender (ES/NL), Antje Van Wichelen (BE), Lawrence-Olivier Mahadoo (US/FR),Scott Blake (US), Ricardo Leal Gomes (PT), Roger Bygott (UK), Alice Rice (US), Jenny Suhonen (FI), Loes Verstappen (NL), Ernesto Morales (MX), Terhi Ekebom (FI), Andre Pielage (NL), Jenni Rope (FI), Mariana Zanetti (BR), Kati Rapia (FI), Samuli Otto-Henrik Saarinen (FI), Anne Roecklein (US), Marieke Verbiesen (NL/SE), Derek Parker (US), Lise Duclaux (BE), Jan Voss (DE/NL), Com Amoras (PT), Maurizio Montalti (IT), Tomas Schats (NL), Michael Leigh (UK), Guilia Garbin (IT/UK), Anneke Nieuwdorp (NL), Armelle Caron (FR), Paulina del Paso (MX), Margarida Fernandes and Sofia Magalhães (PT), Team Zatara (ES), Katrien Zintzen (NL), Wil van Iersel (NL), Wouter Venema (NL), Ines Schaber (DE), David Kühne (DE), Jessica Tankard ((US/NL), Corinne Janier (FR), Kamaya Lindquist (US), Rania Ho (US/CN), Francien van Everdingen (NL), Marjolijn Kok (NL), Antje van Wichelen (BE), Fiet van de Vijsel (NL), Bea van Golen (NL), Joost Stokhof (NL), Stefan Klein (DE), Kim Hospers (NL), Daphne Bom (ZA/NL), Michiel van Bakel (NL), Genevieve Hergott (FR), Akshara Verma (IN), Federico Antonini and Alessio D’Ellena (IT), Kathrin Wolkowicz (NL/DE), Primal (MX), Cetrucflotte (FR), Maia Gusberti (AU), Freerk Wilbers (NL), Dejan Habicht (SI), Tadej Pogačar (SI), Seripop: Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau (CA), Uta Eisenreich  (NL), Sayaka Abe (NL/JP), Lea Dahan (FR/BE), Nóra Békés (HU) and Marika Seo (JP), Cat Fenwick  and Victor Leo Vickman (UK),  Amanda Friedman (US), among others.

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