Retropolis - Semiconductor




 Indoor Light - Jari Haanpearä



Avantoscope I & II


The first of the Avantoscope series presents fresh’n’tasty short films that share J.S.Bach’s dream of ”finding an optical equivalent for the temporal structure of musical composition”. Bart Vegter’s perplexing Forest-Views is ”dynamic architecture of light”, like a slowly moving ornament or a sparkling 3D oil painting. The most radical film in the short history of Avanto so far! Ian Helliwell continues to explore the sources of total film. We will screen three of his latest reports, culminating in the aggressive and rough-yet-beautiful Patterns of Interference. Myriam Bessette, Seppo Renvall, the Pfaffenbichler/Schreiber duo and Paul Kaiser are all artists that specialize in formalist film making, relentlessly searching for the intriguing ”freezing point” of cinema. The abstract images of Joost Rekveld’s magnificent Cinemascope Film #11 (Marey <-> Moiré) resemble a radar screen gone awry and represent ”visual music” at its most imposing. Bas van Koolwijk’s and reMI’s (Renate Oblak & Michel Pinter) work is based on overloading the capacity of a computer and on the aesthetic of the ensuing disorder and dark humour.

As something of a contrast, Avantoscope II offers ”substance” and ”deeper meaning” for those who miss it. Jari Haanperä’s latest film, Indoor Light, takes place inside a refrigerator. Its expressionistic “product placement” horror imagery gives rise to associations with food-and-mouth disease. Meat IS murder! The films by Semiconductor are a rare breed of computer animation: hilarious yet ominously unsettling. ”Retropolis”, their greatest achievement, depicts a London of the future – in an apocalyptic cardboard setting. Rosa Barba, also, shot her film in artificial locations - in the control rooms and pavilion lounges of the Expo 2000 World Fair in Hannover. The Austrian Plan-c collective and Pekka Sassi sink their teeth in the helplessness of the downtrodden individual at the mercy of a faceless system. Jon Wozencroft - the visual mastermind of the Touch record label - has made a name for himself as a graphic designer and lately also as a music video director. His simple stroke of genius is in combining ”cold” and ”post-industrial” electronic music with sensuous images of nature. Ömer Ali Kazma, from Istanbul, provides us with a whirling dervish-like collage of family hell (or heaven). The collaboration between Gustav Deutsch and Christian Fennesz, Tradition Is the Handing On of Fire, Not the Worshipping of Ashes is named after a quote by Mahler, and consists of images of burning apartment buildings. The Trailer, commissioned by the Austrian Film Archive, pays an apt homage to the conservation of cinematic tradition. Gustav Holthuis’ beautiful City at Night continues a long line of classical urban movies. A depiction of a night in a European city in 2001, it evokes memories of Godard’s Alphaville. MT

Friday 9.11.2001 - Kiasma Theatre
18:00 - Avantoscope I screenings

Saturday 10.11.2001 - Kiasma Theatre
18:00 - Avantoscope II screenings