2016

Still from MOUTH TO MOUTH by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

From Mouth to Hand

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What is the mouth? It is that which ingests, drawing external objects into the body’s interior. And because it initiates this process of metabolism, turning matter into nourishment and thence into waste, the mouth looms large in our unconscious life as primordial dungeon or, worse yet, as gateway to Gehenna. What is the hand? It is […]

Still from Brouillard: Passage #14 by Alexandre Larose

Visual Climates

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With growing urgency, the world turns its attention to how environmental crises unfold from local to global scales. An enduring concern in addressing ecological problems centers on how the human being perceives the world with the limitations of senses that fail to capture the complex operations of our whole surroundings. In confluence with the Institute […]

Still from THE MAN WHO ENVIED WOMEN by Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, Part 2

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This screening is the second installment of a two-part event with Yvonne Rainer. It is preceded on Wednesday, April 6 with a screening of Privilege (1990) and lecture by Rainer. Details here. Magic Lantern presents a rare 16mm screening of The Man Who Envied Women, a 1985 feminist psychodrama and “theory film” by the legendary […]

Still from Yvonne Rainer, PRIVILEGE

Yvonne Rainer, Part 1

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Yvonne Rainer has been a seminal figure in American avant-garde art and dance since first emerging in the 1960s. A co-founder of Judson Church Theater, she pioneered the development of what has become known as “ordinary dance,” an anti-theatrical approach to choreography that emphasizes pedestrian movements and improvisational methods. In the 1970s, Rainer transitioned to […]

Mining the Frame

Mining the Frame

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On Thursday, March 17th, Magic Lantern presents Mining the Frame, a program of experimental films that examine, remix, restage, sample, or otherwise play with the history of cinema. The “raw materials” include the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge (19th century), G. W. Pabst’s late silent masterpiece Pandora’s Box (1929), and Basil Dearden’s Sapphire (1959), an earnest “social […]

Chick Strand, Soft Fiction (16mm, 1979)

Erotic Fictions

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Chick Strand, Soft Fiction (16mm, 1979) Soft Fiction uses the ethnographic tool of the informant interview as a jumping-off point for a provocative and sensuous exploration of female sexuality and spirit, while raising questions about storytelling, memory, and the performance and preservation of self. “Chick Strand’s Soft Fiction is a personal documentary that brilliantly portrays […]