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4rd Annual Migrating Forms Festival May 11–20, 2012 Anthology Film Archives, New York
Full Program Announced!
NEW YORK, April 25, 2012 – Migrating Forms announces its fourth annual festival, running Friday, May 11th through Sunday, May 20th at Anthology Film Archives in New York. The 2012 program includes new works by more than 50 artists representing a broad spectrum of contemporary film and video practices, retrospective screenings, and special guest curated programs. Migrating Forms is programmed by Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry.
2012 Full Program
Migrating Forms will showcase films and videos by 54 artists living and working in 25 countries including Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and the United States, including: Gabriel Abrantes • Masao Adachi • Cory Archangel • Trisha Baga • Yael Bartana • Eric Baudelaire • Neïl Beloufa • Wang Bing • Madison Brookshire • Jacob Ciocci • Phil Collins • Benjamin Crotty • Ximena Cuevas • Josef Dabernig • Khavn de la Cruz • Lav Diaz • Redmond Entwistle • Nicolas Geyrhalter • Sylvain George • Beatrice Gibson • Jean-Luc Godard • Jean-Paul Gorin • Benjamin A. Huseby • Chuck Jones • William E. Jones • Fritz Lang • Lars Laumann • Laida Lertxundi • Dani Leventhal • Mark Lewis • Sebastian Lingiardi • Guthrie Lonergan • Jesse McLean • Natasha Mendonca • Anne-Marie Miéville • Naeem Mohaiemen • Shana Moulton • Deimantas Narkevicius • Raymond Pettibon • Ben Rivers • Raul Ruiz • Daniel Schmidt • Amie Siegel • Fern Silva • Chick Strand • Gina Telaroli • Leslie Thornton • Gonçalo Tocha • Naomi Uman • Erika Vogt • Tashi Wada • Koji Wakamatsu • Emily Wardill • Akram Zaatari
2012 Opening Night
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images (66 min, France/Japan, 2011) dir. Eric Baudelaire The political and personal epic of the Japanese Red Army is recounted as an Anabasis, a journey that is both a wandering towards the unknown and a return towards home. From Tokyo to Beirut amid the post-1968 ideological fever, and from Beirut to Tokyo at the end of the Red Years, the thirty-year trajectory of a radical fringe of the revolutionary left is recounted by two of its protagonists. May Shigenobu, daughter of the founder of the small group, witnessed it closely. Born in secrecy in Lebanon, a clandestine life was all she knew until age 27. But a second life began with her mother’s
arrest and her adaptation to a suddenly very public existence. Masao Adachi, the legendary Japanese experimental director, gave up cinema to take up arms with the Japanese Red Army and the Palestinian cause In 1974. For this theorist of the fûkeiron (a movement of filmmakers who filmed the landscape to reveal the ubiquitous structures of power) his 27 years of voluntary exile were without images, since those he filmed in Lebanon were destroyed on three separate occasions during the war. It is therefore words, testimony, memory (and false memory) that structure The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images. Two intersecting accounts, mixing personal stories, political history, revolutionary propaganda and film theory. Thirty years of selfinvention in which the recurring theme is the question of images: public images produced by the media in response to terrorist operations planned for the television era, and personal images that are lost or destroyed amid the chaos of the struggles. Adopting an experimental documentary format, the accounts of May Shigenobu and Masao Adachi overlay new fûkeiron images, filmed in Super 8 in the contemporary landscapes of Tokyo and Beirut. (Baudelaire)
2012 Special Events
Retrospective: Neïl Beloufa The French-Algerian artist will present a selection of his films and installations. The Ann Arbor Film Festival writes, “In his practice Neïl Beloufa demonstrates a persistent interest in dichotomies; reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, all of which he communicates through mediums ranging from sculpture, video, installation and conceptual photography. Through his construction of dichotomies Neïl Beloufa is able to deconstruct our perceived ideas of truth and fantasy, thus posing fantasy as truth.” Fritz Lang's Indian Epic Migrating Forms is proud to present a rare 35mm revival of Fritz Lang’s penultimate films, The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. Patrick Friel writes, “The Indian Epic is spectacle, adventure, and romance and nearly borders on camp...Throughout his career, Lang took populist forms, generic conventions, and pulp sensibilities and consistently found ways through his style to arrive at larger universal truths and ways of looking at the world than are found in his films’ narratives alone. While for some The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb play only as Saturday-matinee escapism, for others they are rather remarkable films about the clash of cultures, modern Western civilization vs. “outmoded” Eastern tradition/superstition/ religion. They raise implicit questions about the very idea of cultural identity and defining an individual identity within a culture.” (Cineaste) n+1 presents Prison Images As a point of departure for his ongoing research and writing on the subject of prison abolition, n+1 associate editor Christopher Glazek will present a screening of Harun Farocki’s 2001 film Prison Images (aka I Thought I was Seeing Convicts) and speak about anti-prison propaganda, the role that images play in this, and the difference between art images and political images. Farocki’s film explores the similarities between the surveillance states of prison, the factory and the supermarket, focusing on surveillance footage of the murders of unarmed inmates at California’s Corcoran prison. Remembering Raul Ruiz Described by J. Hoberman as “the Godard of the '80s, Mister nearly-Borges-plus-middle- period Welles, a Barthesian Bunuel, the Edgar G. Ulmer of the European art film, a Third World H. Rider Haggard, the Garcia Marquez of French TV,” Migrating Forms will host an evening dedicated to the life
and legacy of Raul Ruiz (1941-2011), one of the most innovative and inspirational filmmakers and film thinkers of the last 40 years. A screening of Ruiz’ 1982 feature On Top of the Whale will be followed by a program of rare Ruiz shorts and readings from Poetics of Cinema presented by artists and curators including Jeanne Liotta, Mark McElhattan, Keith Sanborn, Elisabeth Subrin, and more. Jonathan Rosenbaum writes of On Top of the Whale, "One of Raul Ruiz’s best features, this is also one of his looniest...The putative SF plot concerns a French anthropologist and his Dutch wife who are hired to study the indecipherable language spoken by two members of an Indian tribe; in fact, this is a dazzling intellectual goof, with an average of one striking visual idea per shot, a lot of gags involving the pretensions of anthropologists and psychoanalytical theorists, and other forms of nonstop invention.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum) Ed Halter presents Un filme de Diane Chambers Critic and curator Ed Halter presents an illustrated lecture on fake experimental films as seen in mainstream movies and television, where they have often been used to ridicule the very notion of artistic practice or counterculture. Taken together as their own motley tradition, these parodies can provide a shadow history of the avant-garde, showing how popular narrative has policed itself against any other possible forms that cinema might take. Electronic Arts Intermix presents Raymond Pettibon's Sir Drone EAI is pleased to present Raymond Pettibon’s Sir Drone (1989), featuring Mike Kelley. Pettibon's highly idiosyncratic pen and ink drawings have taken him from L.A. cult status to the international artworld. With Kelley, Pettibon was close to the West Coast punk bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His deliberately crude, low-tech video narratives are irreverent tales of 1960s and '70s West Coast radical subcultures. These wildly ironic, deadpan dramas feature an ensemble of luminaries from L.A.'s post-punk underground. In Sir Drone, Kelley and Mike Watt play two teens struggling to create the right image for themselves, debating aesthetic and ethical issue of starting a punk band, and strategies to avoid being “rinky dink.” Screening with Cory Arcangel’s Insectiside (1992-03) and Message my Brother Justin Left Me on my Cell from the Slayer Concert Last Week (2004). Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a leading international resource for video and media art whose core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical video works by artists. Chuck Jones Centennial Creator of dozens of seven minute Merrie Melodies masterpieces, Chuck Jones influenced everyone from Matt Groening to Jean-Pierre Gorin. The epitome of termite art, Manny Farber writes, “Jones is out to make you laugh, bluntly, and as it turns out, cold-bloodedly...the whole sphere of man’s emotion and behavior simply as a butt for humor, no matter what it leads to.” Featuring Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening, Ali Baba Bunny, For Scent-i-mental Reasons, Rabbit Fire, Rabbit of Seville, No Barking, Rabbit Seasoning, There They Go-Go-Go, Rabbit of Seville, Le Beau Pepe, and What's Opera, Doc?
Tube Time! Our annual found footage competition returns. Hosted by irl-internet crossover sensation (and former Tube Time! champion) Ben Coonley, this year will feature all star teams of youtube crate-diggers throwing down their most outrageous and/or inspirational video finds. Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War (71 min, Japan/Palestine, 1971) dir. Masao Adachi & Kôji Wakamatsu with Ici et Ailleurs (53 min, France/Palestine, 1976) dir. The Dziga Vertov Group (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Anne-Marie Miéville) Presented in conjunction the screening of his The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images as Opening Night and Naeem Mohaiemen’s The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army), Eric Baudelaire has curated a program of two treatises on political filmmaking to contextualize Masao Adachi’s work. In 1971, Adachi & co-director Kôji Wakamatsu stopped at a Palestinian military training camp on their way home from Cannes. Combining newsreel agit-prop with the fûkeiron style of political landscape filmmaking, Red Army/PFLP stands as seminal work of radical filmmaking. Screening with The Dziga Vertov Group’s 1974 unfinished investigation into the ethics and limitations of political image making, Ici et Ailleurs.
Friday, May 11 8:30pm - Opening Night The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images (66 min, France/Japan, 2011) dir. Eric Baudelaire
Saturday, May 12 12:00pm Group Program 1 Palácios de Pena (Palaces of Pity) (8 min, Portugal, 2011) dir. Daniel Schmidt & Gabriel Abrantes; Liberdade (23 min, Portugal, 2011) dir. Gabriel Abrantes & Benjamin Crotty 2:00pm Neil Beloufa See special events listings for details. 4:15pm Las Pistas Lanhoyij Nmitaxanaxac (50 min, Argentina, 2010) dir. Sebastián Lingiardi Recalling Hugo Santiago and Jorge Luis Borges’ Invasion, Lingiardi uses the various cultures of Argentina to create a story of “rescues, double agents, and varied, imprecise intrigues...a series of apparently harmless characters weave a net of imprecise connections and goals, a plot of unknown limits that turns paranoia into a concrete reality." (Bafici) 5:45pm Group Program 2 Hypercrisis (17 min, Austria, 2011) dir. Josef Dabernig; Walk-Through (15 min, USA/UK, 2012) dir.
Redmond Entwistle; Black Moon (20 min, US, 2010) dir. Amie Siegel; Black Moon / Mirrored Malle (5 min, US, 2010) dir. Amie Siegel 7:45pm ...and Europe Will Be Stunned (65min, Poland/Netherlands/Israel, 2007-2011) dir. Yael Bartana In this trilogy, Bartana focuses on the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political group calling for the return of millions of Jews to Poland. “Oscillating between history and an imagined future, these films exist in a troubled borderland between documentary, propaganda and fiction.” (Moderna Museet, Malmo) 9:15pm Group Program 3 Der Weisse Engel (8 min, Bangladesh, 2011) dir. Naeem Mohaiemen; Restricted Sensation (45 min, Lithuania, 2011) dir. Deimantas Narkevicius; Berlin Flash Frames (9 min, US, 2010) dir. William E. Jones; Marxism Today (Prologue) (35 min, UK, 2010) dir. Phil Collins
Sunday, May 13 2:00pm It's the Earth, Not the Moon (É na terra, não é na lua) (180 min, Portugal, 2011) dir. Gonçalo Tocha Made over several years on the remote mid-Atlantic Island of Corvo, “Tocha, is, if anything, the antiHerzog: embracing Corvo’s lure, for sure, but interested in its people more than even its powerful natural forces.” (Cinema-Scope) 5:30pm Group Program Passage (16 min, US, 2012) dir. Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada; Black Mirror at the National Gallery (7 min, Canada, 2011) dir. Mark Lewis; Marina Abramovic, From Tuesday to Friday (35 min, Mexico, 2010) dir. Ximena Cuevas; Pips (5 min, UK, 2011) dir. Emily Wardill 7:15pm Indian Epic: The Tiger of Eschnapur (101 min, Germany, 1959) dir. Fritz Lang See special events listings for details. 9:30pm Indian Epic: The Indian Tomb (102, Germany, 1959) dir. Fritz Lang See special events listings for details.
Monday, May 14 7:00pm n+1 presents Harun Farocki’s Prison Images See special events listings for details. 9:30pm Abendland (90 min, Austria, 2011) dir. Nicolas Geyrhalter A film poem about a continent at night...though it’s hyper alert at the same time, an Abendland that, often somewhat self-obsessively, sees itself as the crown of human civilization, while its service
economy is undergoing rapid growth in a thoroughly pragmatic way. Nikolaus Geyrhalter takes a look at a paradise with a quite diverse understanding of protection. (Geyrhalter Films)
Tuesday, May 15 7:00pm On Top of the Whale (90 min, Netherlands, 1982) dir. Raul Ruiz See special events listings for details. 9:00pm Remembering Raul Ruiz: Shorts and Readings See special events listings for details. Wednesday, May 16 7:00pm Ed Halter presents Un film de Diane Chambers See special events listings for details. 9:15pm EAI presents Sir Drone See special events listings for details. Thursday, May 17 7:00pm L'impossible - Pages Arrachees (104 min, France, 2009) dir. Sylvain George Under the auspices of Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Dostoïevski, Kafka and Benjamin, this film testifies to the iniquitous policies that have shaped our time, the "hellish" character of some political lives (those of migrants/immigrants, workers, the unemployed, students...). In the same time, the film try to work the questions of riot and insurrection. (George) 9:15pm May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of War) (150 min, France, 2011) dir. Sylvain George Composed of fragments, this film shows the living conditions of migrant persons in Calais over a period of three years (July 2007 to January 2010)...Individuals see themselves treated like criminals; they are stripped, divested of the most elementary rights that make of them subjects of law and are reduced to the state of “pure bodies,” or “naked lives.” Figures of wars. (George) Friday, May 18 7:00pm Chuck Jones Centennial See special events listings for details.
9:30pm Mondomanilla, or: How I Fixed My Hair After A Rather Long Journey (75 min, Philippines/Germany, 2011) dir. Khavn de la Cruz I have always wanted to explore Manila and its humanity. Not just its people, the majority of whom are mired in poverty, but the whole rationale behind the irrational lives these people experience everyday. This film takes place in the slums and is inhabited by the denizens of the underworld (the crippled pimp, the lonely housewife, the neighbourhood gay and his macho father, the prostitutes, the smalltime politician, the Yankee pedophile). However, it is not about a celebration of self-destruction. Far from it. Decadence, after all, is the language of the privileged. Decadence is that which escapes from the clutches of bourgeois order. But what if there is no order at all? (Khavn) Saturday, May 19 12:00pm Century of Birthing (355 min, Philippines, 2011) dir. Lav Diaz Presented with two 15 minute intermissions Telling two seemingly unrelated tales, Century of Birthing is a grand meditation on the roles of the artist, the prophet and the acolyte. The first story focuses on Homer, a filmmaker who has spent years working on his latest opus — and still isn’t happy with it...The second story concentrates on a Christian cult in a rural region — a group largely comprised of young women. (Toronto) 7:00pm Group Program 5 Jan Villa (21 min, India, 2010) dir. Natasha Mendonca; Señora con flores (15 min, Mexico/US, 1995/2011) dir. Chick Strand; Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright (7 min, Lebanon/UK, 2010) dir. Akram Zaatari; A LAX Riddle Unit (6 min, US, 2011) dir. Laida Lertxundi 8:30pm Trisha Baga A program of new work by video artist Trisha Baga. Baga’s work blurs the line between video and performance. Interested in the inherent qualities and meanings of ordinary objects and occurrences, Baga uses performance to open up a phenomenological space for facing the "common things" that surround us—chance compositions created by objects in her bedroom, an image of a dog on her computer's desktop, Madonna's celebrity, the light from a video projector refracting off a disco ball. Her work foregrounds distraction as a methodology, using the logic of the web and hyperlinks to unite the phenomena she encounters. In her art, Baga browses, discovering without seeking, relying on accident, intuition and technological processes to chart her course. (Electronic Arts Intermix) 10:30pm Tube Time! See special events listings for details.
Sunday, May 20 12:00pm Videodiary 2-1-2006 to the Present (85 min, Ukraine, 2011) dir. Naomi Uman Begun as a personal video diary tracking the artist’s arrival and assimilation into a small Ukranian village six hours outside Kiev—where her family had lived 100 years ago—the project evolved into a gripping document of “reverse immigration.” Through alternating periods of isolation and companionship, Uman maintains a raw intimacy with the camera and her audience, recording experiences that lay naked even the most traumatic dimensions of identity. 2:15pm Group Program 6 You Can't Pretend To Be Somebody Else - You Already Are (18 min, Norway, 2011) dir.Lars Laumann and Benjamin A. Huseby; Geometric Persecution (15 min, US 2010) dir. Erika Vogt; Decorations of the Mind II (12 min, US, 2011) dir. Shana Moulton; Extreme Animals: Am I Evil? (4 min, US, 2012) dir. Jacob Ciocci; SONGS (14 min, US/China, 2012) dir. Leslie Thornton; Birth of the Net (1 min, US, 2012) dir. Guthrie Lonergan; Depth of Field Studies (1 min, US, 2012) dir. Guthrie Lonergan; Girl Morph (2 min, US, 2012) dir. Guthrie Lonergan; Professional Berry Visuals (2 min, US, 2012) dir. Guthrie Lonergan; Remote (11 min, US, 2011) dir. Jesse McLean; Shayne's Rectangle (5 min, US, 2011) dir. Dani Leventhal 4:15pm Group Program 7 Agatha (14 min, UK, 2012) dir. Beatrice Gibson; Slow Action (45 min, UK, 2010) dir. Ben Rivers 5:45pm Travelling Light (57 min, US, 2011) dir. Gina Telaroli “Ten properties of a subject, according to Leonardo: light and dark, color and substance, form and position, distance and nearness, movement and stillness.” (Robert Bresson) An Amtrak train pulls out of Penn Station in New York City on a cold, sunny February morning. Passengers fill their roles, the snow begins to fall and the next train station is announced, all while the light continues shifting, bouncing, swelling and slouching into eventual darkness. Screening with Fern Silva’s Peril of the Antilles (6 min, US/Haiti, 2011) dir. Fern Silva 7:30pm The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army) (67 min, Bangladesh, 2012) dir. Naeem Mohaiemen In his first of a series of films to meditate on failed 1970s revolutionary movements, Mohaiemen recounts the 1977 hijacking of flight JAL 472 by the Japanese Red Army. An emergency landing at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, incites a negotiation between a hijacker and negotiator that spans many days and dominated the airwaves in Bangladesh, causing the filmmaker to miss his favorite childhood TV show—a British miniseries about international espionage. The radio transmissions concerning hostages, demands and retaliation are transcribed on screen and comprise the majority of the film. Mohaiemen captures the drama of diplomacy teetering on the edge of irrational violence through a riveting, anxiety-ridden narrative. 9:15pm Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War (71 min, Japan/Palestine, 1971) dir. Masao Adachi & Kôji Wakamatsu Ici et Ailleurs (53 min, France/Palestine, 1976) dir. The Dziga Vertov Group (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Anne-Marie Miéville) See special events listings for details.
Accreditation Migrating Forms invites all curators, distributors, programmers, writers and representatives of colleague organizations to attend the festival as accredited guests. To join us during the festival, email your name, contact information and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org About Migrating Forms Migrating Forms brings artists' moving image works from a broad range of venues—festivals, biennials, microcinemas, galleries, etc.—into the common context of the cinema. An annual, ten-day festival dedicated to new film and video, Migrating Forms grew out of the New York Underground Film Festival, which ended in April 2008. Led by the former directors and programmers of NYUFF, Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry, Migrating Forms continues the tradition of presenting a diverse program of film and video each spring at New York's historic Anthology Film Archives. Our first three festivals have included work by Stephanie Barber, Neil Beloufa, Patty Chang, Phil Collins, Lav Diaz, Barry Doupé, Redmond Entwistle, Bradley Eros, eteam, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Jim Finn, Luke Fowler, Cao Fei, David Gatten, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, John Gianvito, Michael Gitlin, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Barbara Hammer, Susan Hiller, Liu, Jiayin, Stanya Kahn, Andrew Lampert, Owen Land, Oliver Laric, Laida Lertxundi, Dani Leventhal, Zhao Liang, Jeanne Liotta, Sharon Lockhart, Josephine Meckseper, Pavel Medvedev, Shana Moulton, Deimantas Narkevicius, Tomonari Nishikawa, Lucy Raven, Ben Rivers, Michael Robinson, Glauber Rocha, Amie Siegel, Fern Silva, John Smith, Jean-Marie Straub, Kerry Tribe, Naomi Uman, Erika Vogt, and many more. The fourth annual festival runs May 11–20, 2012. Complete information at migratingforms.org Follow Migrating Forms Follow Migrating Forms on Twitter @migratingforms migratingforms.org
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