Expanded Cinema Unowned Noise and liveness in the contemporary

Expanded Cinema Unowned Noise and liveness in the contemporary

Performance Cinema: an exciting and emergent genre of avant-garde moving-image art which represents a crucial attack on the sterility of the contemporary, digitally-located media environment, arguing for the embodied, collective consideration of real-time, site-specific media experiences. Through mis-used or modified analog film projectors, live video synthesis and physical interaction with the media interface, performance cinema practitioners variously burn, etch, mutilate and destroy projected film, machinery and the image itself. Performance Cinema practitioners create immersive spectacles of sight and sound, opening a space for questioning and contemplating visual culture through direct activation of the senses. As a dynamic, regenerating and resurrecting media experience, Performance Cinema exists only in the moment of perception and is truly an art of its time. Full series information available here.

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The Cracked Share by Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong

The Cracked Share  by Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong

To begin with, as we understand from a remote place like Seoul, there have been two different conceptions of materiality in the Western experimental film history: materiality of cinema and of film. The former has been represented by the practitioners of the so-called the “Expanded Cinema” and the latter by the tradition of the “Hand-made” film. Whereas for the Expanded Cinema, the materiality or the “medium-specificity” includes not only the film material but also the entire condition and environment in which the cinematic experience is situated (i.e.: screen, projector, audience and theatre); for the Hand-made film, it is the whole filmic process prior to the screening in front of the audience (i.e.: hand-processing and optical-printing). The two practices share in the materialist turn that opens up the radical possibilities of aesthetic (and even political) interventions into a process previously considered seamless and transparent.

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