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Xcèntric 2018

Observing The Sky

The CCCB's cinema


A session devoted to the sky and to research into light, with abstract images of reflections and flashes of light, constellations, stars and galaxies.

To an observer, a flash of light in the dark would draw a kind of constantly moving arabesque that catches their eye. It does not take much more to realise what cinema is: perhaps just a projector running in a dark hall or the projection of the two films that make up this session: Lights, by António Palolo, and ★, by Lurf, where abstract images and research into light are followed by figurations of the sun, constellations, stars and galaxies.

In much of his film work of the seventies, Portuguese painter António Palolo obsessively set out to explore light: Lights (1972-1976) is perhaps the best example. Manipulating the way the camera captures light and the use of filters, this film configures a kaleidoscope of abstract lights of different colours, reflections, fragmented irises, peepholes, circular forms, flashes of lights in the dark punctuated by images of almost white skies.

Then the film ★, by the Austrian filmmaker and projectionist Johann Lurf, materially presents the stars represented in the night skies of many films in the history of the cinema. It is a chronological review of the representation of the starry skyscape throughout over one hundred years of cinema, from silent films to other more recent ones of a variety of genres, not just science fiction, that have paused to observe the sky.

Lights, António Palolo, 1972-1976, Super 8, 20 min

★, Johann Lurf, 2017, 98 min

Digital screening.

Directors: Antonio Palolo, Johann Lurf

This activity is part of Xcèntric 2018

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Bill Morrison, Susana da Sousa, Filipa César, Frans Zwartjes, Johann Lurf, Rose Lowder, Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Jan Svankmajer, Laida Lertxundi and Nathaniel Dorsky are some of the filmmakers featured in our programme March- April 2018 of Xcèntric. 

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