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In this section of the website you can consult the files of films that can be viewed at the Xcèntric Archive at the CCCB. You can list them all or select them by title, filmmaker, country or year.

The CCCB has the only European archive specializing in experimental film and creative documentary-making that is open for public consultation.

It contains over 700 films that shape a personal, visionary form of cinema, unknown to some, but increasingly essential viewing on the agendas of museums and arts centres all over the world.

Today, the Xcèntric Archive is the only one of its kind in Europe to offer experimental film to the public with a specially designed digitized system to analyse films frame by frame. The Xcèntric Archive is an international benchmark for institutions that include film in their exhibition programme.

 

Content

The films that make up the Xcèntric Archive are mostly works by artists who see film as their principal form of expression. They are works that are difficult to find, which the CCCB now offers the public à la carte in its desire to make quality contents easily accessible to users in a way that respects artistic rigour. Some of these films have been screened as part of our regular programme, Xcèntric, the CCCB’s cinema; others simply have aspects in common. Each title is accompanied by a synopsis and the filmmaker’s biography and, in some cases, a short statement by the filmmaker, written specially for the Archive (“A Few Words from the Maker”). The selection includes the work of foremost filmmakers such as Peggy Ahwesh, Martin Arnold, Stan Brakhage, Abigail Child, Stephen Dwoskin, Harun Farocki, Oskar Fischinger, Jean Genet, Jean-Luc Godard, Kurt Kren, Malcom Le Grice, Len Lye, Mara Mattuschka, Jonas Mekas, Norman McLaren, Matthias Müller, Werner Nekes, David Perlov, Jürgen Reble, Hans Richter, Ben Russell, Paul Sharits, John Smith, Alexander Sokurov, Peter Tscherkassky, José Val del Omar and Johan van der Keuken, and many others.

Location

The Xcèntric Archive is situated on basement 1 at the CCCB. It occupies 80 m2 distributed in three separate areas: a screening room with seating for 12 people (group consultations), an area with three screens for individual consultations and a multipurpose space for presentations, workshops, etc.

The comfortable soundproofed space has an operating system interface (specially designed for the Archive), allowing users to search by filmmaker, work and country, vote for favourite films and view the films most voted by the public.

As well as improved viewing conditions, the other new feature of the remodelled archive is assistance in interpreting the works, using a pedagogic method to help users overcome the suspicion with which “experimental” work is often viewed.

 

 

 

Practical information

A service for groups offers a guided visit to the content of the Archive. Prior reservation at xcentric@cccb.org.


Free admission

Opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Address
Basement 1 of the CCCB


CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona Tel. 93 306 41 00 - Fax 93 306 41 01 - info@cccb.org