Dear Frameworkers, Our apologies for the late notice. We have a rare pairing of films tomorrow night (SATURDAY April 7) at Microscope Gallery in Bushwick Brooklyn, NY. A performance by a Spanish dancer/performance artist Camila Caneq proceeds the film at 6PM if you want to come early. Here are the details.
*OF DEATH*: *a night of performance and films* SATURDAY APRIL 7 6PM *Our Dresses*: Final Action dance/performance by Camila Cañeque 7PM screening of *The Dead Man* by Peggy Ahwesh & Keith Sanborn & *The End* by Christopher Maclaine For this Easter and Passover Holiday weekend, we confront our mortality with a unique evening of performance and film works in which death is the unabashed subject. At 6PM, we are pleased to present the final act of Spanish dancer/performer Camila Cañeque’s 27-day durational project “Our Dresses”, which included shows at the The Armory and the Itinerant Performance Festival this past month. The performance is followed by two groundbreaking films: Peggy Ahwesh and Keith Sanborn’s George Bataille influenced “The Deadman” (1990) and Christopher Maclaine’s rare 16mm Beat film “The End” (1953), which will be introduced by Pip Chodorov of RE:VOIR films. This is the first time these two works have screened together. *PROGRAM* *OUR DRESSES: FINAL ACTION* Camila Cañeque 60 minute durational performance *Audience may enter and exit as they please* *THE DEADMAN* Peggy Ahwesh & Keith Sanborn 1989, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video, 36 min Based on Le Mort by Georges Bataille, the story of Marie and her last night of extremes. *The Deadman *has screened in numerous film festivals in the US and abroad and was a selection for the Whitney Biennial in 1991. “The Deadman is based on a story by Bataille, charting “the adventures of a near-naked heroine who sets in motion a scabrous free-from orgy before returning to the house to die — a combination of elegance, raunchy defilement and barbaric splendor.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader. “The most unique film of the 1990s American avant-garde” — Jonas Mekas *THE END* Christopher Maclaine 1953, 16mm film, 35 minutes *Presented by Pip Chodorov of RE:VOIR films* *The End* presents a series of people on the last day of each of their lives, none of whom are aware as they depart that that “the end” for all is about to take place. The film is considered a pivotal work of the American avant garde and Maclaine’s masterpiece. We are screening the work in it’s original format. *The End* is available for rental at the Film-maker’s Cooperative. Last year, RE:VOIR released the film on DVD and it is available for purchase. “With Maclaine, we are going back to the source of the Beats; he was the filmmaker who chronicled the movement as it happened and created a center of one of the aspects of the Beat myth seven or eight years before the grand epic of Beat became nationally known with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac…. I have seen THE END more than fifty times, and there are moments when I still begin to tremble at the psychological blockages and outright terror of it.” – Stan Brakhage * * *Peggy Ahwesh* is a media artist who got her start in the 1970′s with feminism, punk and amateur Super 8 filmmaking. Ahwesh has exhibited worldwide including most recently at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Goethe House, NYC; The Tate Modern, London; The Virginia Museum of Art; Microscope Gallery, NYC; James Gallery, NYC; and Guggeheim Museum, Bilboa. Her solo exhibition “Inside Circle” is currently on view at Microscope Gallery through April 16. *Keith Sanborn*’s work has been included in major survey exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, the American Century, and Monter/Sampler and festivals such as OVNI (Barcelona), The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Hong Kong Videotage, and Ostranenie (Dessau). His theoretical work has appeared in a range of publications from journals such as Artforum and books, such as Kunst nach Ground Zero to exhibition catalogues published by MOMA (New York), Exit Art, and the San Francisco Cinematheque. He has translated into English the work of Guy Debord, René Viénet, Gil Wolman, Georges Bataille, Napoleon, Paolo Gioli, Berthold Brecht, Lev Kuleshov and Esther Shub among others. He has also acted as anindependent curator, working with such institutions as the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Exit Art, Artists Space, the Pacific Film Archive, and CinemaTexas. He teaches at Princeton University and Bard College. *Christopher Maclaine* was born in 1923 in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a Beat poet in the 40s and 50s and founder of Contour magazine. He also made four short avant garde films, all in the 50s. The End is his first and longest work. He died on April 6, 1975. *Camila Cañeque* (Barcelona, b. 1984) is a conceptual and performance artist whose work explores the construction of contemporary identity and self-representation. Cañeque transforms into a role or persona over extended periods of time -from 27 days to a year- and documents her new life through photography, film and video. Deriving from autobiographical experiences and anthropological concerns, her fictional characters are always condemned to live displaced. She has performed and screened her work in New York during the last month at The Armory Show, Intinerant Performance Art Festival, and The Kitchen. more info at www.microscopegallery.com Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place (at Myrtle Ave btwn Bushwick & Evergreen Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11221, tel: 347/925.1433, nearest subway J/M/Z Myrtle/Broadway, also L Morgan Ave or Jefferson Street.
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