Film Love and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center present:
photo: Film Love's The Velvet Underground, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 2014 (photo by Chris Childs)
Curation and Cinema
Friday, May 15, 2015
7:00 pm at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
$8 general | $5 student/senior | Free with ACAC membership
For over twelve years, Andy Ditzler has regularly presented Film Love, an ongoing curatorial project dedicated to cinematic works from all eras of motion picture history – particularly those works which are rarely seen and are not easily available on video. This unique event combines a screening of films with a close look at the Film Love series and its history, as well as the process of curating cinema.
What is particular to the curation of cinema? What issues are involved in choosing films and programs? How does one become a curator? How does the history of cinema change when we see it through film curation – and how do film screenings change curation? In the event’s first half, Ditzler will give a short presentation about film curating, drawing on his own practice in Film Love and on his recently completed doctoral research in film curation at Emory University. Somewhere between lecture and performance, this experimental presentation is accompanied by Andy Warhol’s silent 1964 film of a notorious performance by actor and comedian Taylor Mead.
The program’s second part is a selection of specially chosen short films. These include the dazzling 8mm psychedelia of Peter Rose; Jennifer Reeves’ and Jeanne Liotta’s contemporary meditations on the beauty of the filmstrip; Ben Russell’s distinctive mixture of trippy avant-garde and ethnographic documentary; a precious 1980s home movie document of two men with AIDS and their experimental drug treatment; Timothy Asch’s anthropological portrait of everyday domestic life among Venezuelan Yanomamo; and Joseph Cornell’s luminous vision of a park fountain on a mid-century November day in New York. Individually, these selections exemplify the kinds of films that must survive outside mainstream venues, thus necessitating curatorial practice. Seen together, they will demonstrate principles of juxtaposition and combination that traditionally characterize curated screenings – as well as the potential intellectual and emotional experiences available through the dedicated curation of cinema.
Incantation (Peter Rose, 1971, 9 min)
Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves, 2011, 9 min)
Black & White Trypps #2 (Ben Russell, 2006, 8 min)
Black & White Trypps #3 (Ben Russell, 2007, 12 min)
A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock (Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon, 1975, 9 min)
Angel (Rudolph Burckhardt and Joseph Cornell, 1950s, 3 min)
DHPG Mon Amour (Carl Michael George, 1989, 12 min)
Loretta (Jeanne Liotta, 2003, 4 min)
Program subject to change.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Curation and Cinema is a Film Love event. The Film Love
series provides access to great but rarely seen films, especially important
works unavailable on consumer video. Programs are curated and introduced by Andy
Ditzler, and feature lively discussion. Through public screenings and events,
Film Love preserves the communal viewing experience, provides space for the
discussion of film as art, and explores alternative forms of moving image
projection and viewing. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the
critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and was featured in Atlanta Magazine's Best
of Atlanta 2009.