2020, Thu, Jul 30

Bestiaire | The Lamps

D: Denis Côté, Kanada/France 2012, 72 min, OV no dialogue | D: Shelly Silver, USA 2015, 5 min, OV no dialogue

Bestiaire, film still | Source: Arsenal

Bestiaire, film still | Source: Arsenal

Bestiaire

D: Denis Côté, Kanada/France 2012, 72 min, OV no dialogue

A drawing course, a safari park and a taxidermist’s workshop: three settings in which humans and animals meet. The focus of observation is on relationships of sight and perception, which often reflect unequal power structures at the same time. Carefully considered shots which allow the viewer time to reflect on beauty and the unfamiliar, on this domesticated wilderness in the midst of civilization. This all allows a form of choreography to emerge to the accompaniment of the surrounding noises, a cinematic bestiary in which man too takes his place among the stoic, impassive, impatient, wild and rebellious animals. (Anna Hoffmann)

The Lamps

D: Shelly Silver, USA 2015, 5 min, OV no dialogue

“The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, née Plötz, was an unsung member of the New York Dada Movement. She was a poet, artist, vaudeville performer, runaway, rabble-rouser, cross-dresser, and all around public provocateur. As with many women artists throughout history, her cultural legacy has been obscured and in some instances appropriated into the oeuvres of better-known male peers. The Lamps details her trip to the Naples Archeological Museum in the early 1900s where she breaks into Il Gabinetto Segretto, a secret room filled with erotic objects from Pompeii.” (Shelly Silver)