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Xcèntric 2018

Illuminating Vision (I): The Intimate Space Of The Filmmaker. Of Work And Love

The CCCB's cinema


These two sessions (Illuminating Vision I and II) dialogue with a book of interviews with essential filmmakers for the history of Xcèntric. The publication consists in 15 conversations about the creative process and filmic vision, in image form, where the filmmakers talk about their working methods and aesthetic ideas.

The first programme links reflection on the artistic process with the filming of love. It begins in the intimate or domestic space of filmmakers —at home, in the workshop— where they create their home “studios” to outline, try out, ponder and compose images and sounds. This intimacy is also that of the community of affections and portraits of friendship, or inspiration between filmmakers, when one film dialogues with another. And, above all, it brings us to cinema as a loving gesture, to love as the centre of gravity of the work: the representation of emotion, sexuality, desire or its loss, the nude figure and the fusion of bodies. “An amateur works according to his own necessity [...] and is [...] ‘at home’ anywhere he works: and if he takes pictures, he photographs what he loves or needs in some-such sense”, to quote Stan Brakhage.

Listening to the Space in my Room, Robert Beavers, 2016, 16 mm, 19 min

Contretemps, Jean-Claude Rousseau, 2004, vídeo, 5 min

Standard Time, Michael Snow, 1967, 16 mm, 8 min

Snowblind, Hollis Frampton, 1968, 16 mm, 5 min

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor, Lynne Sachs, 2018, vídeo, 9 min

Song of Avignon, Jonas Mekas, 2000, 16 mm, 8 min

Loving, Stan Brakhage, 1957, 16 mm, silent, 4 min

Plumb Line, Carole Schneemann, 1968-1972, 16 mm, 15 min

Automan, James Herbert, 1988, 16 mm, 20 min

Sweet Love Remembered, Bruce Elder, 1980, 16 mm, 13 min

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