Black Rebels at IFFR

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image: Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, 2014)

International Film Festival Rotterdam 25 Jan - 5 Feb 2017) - what a great line up of films, installations and events, such as the Balck Rebels program:

Many democratic societies are facing the implications of the cultural divide and emerging racism. In film history there is no other movement that has been investigating and addressing these issues as thoroughly as black cinema. Filmmakers throughout the African diaspora have been commenting on this divide, since the birth of cinema up until this very day. In Black Rebels IFFR presents films about and predominantly by black people resisting this divide. The programme features Dutch and European premières and classics in all genres. There is plenty of variety from feature films, short films, drama, (music) documentaries to experimental films, science fiction and video art. Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight will give a masterclass, there will be exhibiting art installations from Keith Piper (Robot Bodies) and Tirzo Martha (Testament of Hope and Failutre) and there will be various talks with filmmakers. The Black Rebels programme will also host a vibrant four-hour talk show, Minding the Gap, that will not only discuss the cultural divide, but also the rich influence of black culture on the arts. The talk show will feature guests including prominent director Charles Burnett of the L.A. Rebellion film movement.

Emerald Transmutations at the Alchemy Film Festival

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Emerald Transmutations

An experiment in digital alchemy inspired by the surrealist parlour game Exquisite Corpse and by the Emerald Tablets, the foundational hermetic text in Western alchemy. Starting with the “prima materia” of two scenes from celluloid film history, the combined scenes were passed along between seven “digital alchemists” who each performed a process of transmutation on the material in an attempt to turn base metal into gold. By Ian Magor, D.N. Rodowick, Jacques Perconte, Polly Stanton, David Verdeure, Rosa Menkman & Patricia Pisters. / 00:19:00 / 2016 / United Kingdom / World Premiere at the Alchemy Film Festival. I will also present at the artist' filmmaking symposium.


Necsus #10 Home

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Necsus # Home is online now.


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Film from Victor Kossakovsky from 2005. Discovering a sense of self captured in a mirror. Director Kossakovsky covered for two years all mirrors from Svyato. His two year old son Svyato is now going to discover himself in the mirror. 

Yang Yong Liang

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Moonlight and The Day of Perpetual Night (2012). More about this beautiful art from  Yang Yong Liang on his website.

Venice Biennale: Cinema Olanda - Projecting the Netherlands

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Wendelien van Oldenborgh, From Left To Night, 2015. Still from the 32 minute film.

ASCA Biennale seminar: Cinema Olanda - Projecting the Netherlands

Hosted by Esther Peeren and Patricia Pisters, in close collaboration with Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter.

 ‘Cinema Olanda’ is the title of the project by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and curator Lucy Cotter  that will form the Dutch entry for the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, taking place in 2017. Taking the Dutch national pavilion, designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1953, as a Modernist projection of the Netherlands, their exhibition will make space for lesser-known episodes in Dutch postcolonial history and explore how they resonate with current transitions in the Netherlands’ cultural and political landscape. The exhibition and live events in Venice will be accompanied by a multidisciplinary symposium entitled Cinema Olanda: Projecting the Netherlands, which will take place at various locations in the Netherlands in October 2017 in partnership with Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). This seminar series is the first manifestation of this collaboration.

The seminar will take a series of films by Wendelien van Oldenborgh (viewed during the seminar) as its departure point. Van Oldenborgh’s work is acclaimed for its use of the cinematic format as a methodology for production, with live (public) film shoots generating the collective co-production of scripts. Known for groundbreaking works set in colonial architecture and engaging with its attendant discourses, such as Maurits Script(2006), her recent work engages with Modernist architecture that paved the way for the social, economic and political realities of globalism. In her latest film, From Left to Night(2015) three sites embodying1960s idealist architecture in London form points of intersection of events, subjects and recent histories related to the London riots, music and feminism. Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter will be present during the first seminar to introduce van Oldenborgh’s work and the Venice Biennale 2017 Project. Other guest speakers will be invited and announced to the seminar participants.

You can register and receive the full program by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participation is limited and ASCA PhD candidates are given priority.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Cinema Olanda

13 May to 26 November 2017

 Dutch Pavilion

Giardini, Venice

 Curated by Lucy Cotter

Commissioned by: Mondriaan Fund

A parallel program in the netherlands is organized in June and July in Amsterdam (EYE & Stedelijk Museum) and Rotterdam (Witte de With).  See for more information here.