Monday, July 21, 2014
The Box Theory by Owen Land
Video transferred to DVD, sound, 15'36'', 1984
In the text, Land O' Lakes, Land O' Snakes, Mike Kelley confesses his early sexual arousal by the kneeling Indian girl figured on the Land O' Lakes butter box. The children's game of folding the printed image on the butter box, revealing what looks like the girl's breasts, triggers a latent eroticism, making the candid Native American into an almighty evil priestess.
In The Box Theory, Owen Land, the uncanny American structuralist, king of the absurd and a religious addict, recreates the image of the Indian girl, holding the butter box with the image of herself, to produce an ad-eternal video zoom. This operation generates a vertiginous and hypnotic mise-en-abyme centered on the female body. This moving mantra raises the figure of the girl to the status of medieval icon – Our Lady of the O – a fertility goddess from the prodigious and polysemic land Of Land.
"An infant hymn for fertility's hum."
Saturday july 19, 10.30pm
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
16mm film, sound, 10', 1980-1981
Takashi Ito is the ultimate film virtuoso, one of the last filmmakers whose obsession for sequential photographs and motion controlled camera movements matches the accuracy of a computer.
Spacy is the quintessential spacial film. The action takes place in a multipurpose gym where a camera moves along the boundaries of various court lines. On its way it encounters images that trigger infinite regressions. The movement of the film accelerates into an insane geometric maelstrom revealing an infinite fractal structure that exhausts not only the space, but above all, the viewer's act of perception.
"That blank arena wherein converge the hundred spaces."
Saturday, 19 July 10.30pm
Thursday, June 5, 2014
"Land"by Maarten Ploeg
Commodore Amiga file transferred to video.Colour, stereo sound, loop, 1992
In an old edition of Enciclopédia Luso-Brasileira, the entry word computer (then called ordenador) is illustrated with a vector-based drawing of a face. It shows the first computer-generated drawing, depicting the kind face of a samurai. That funny looking picture can be seen as the computer's first attempt at a self-portrait, a clear demonstration of its highly complex level of self-determination.
Maarten Ploeg was a multi-talented genius born in the flat lands of Holland. Trained as a visual artist, he was part of the punk music scene in the late seventies (Soviet Sex, Blue Murder and Astral Bodies), as well as a pioneer in computer art and in the art of TV piracy. He was co-founder of PKP TV, a channel that hacked regular broadcasting and of Park 4DTV (http://www.park.nl/), a still operational art platform.
For years he produced bright and colorful abstract paintings, halfway between geometric landscapes and bi-dimensional portraits of computer beings, a personal research into digital foolishness as a way to humanize computers. But it was with the help of a friendly Amiga computer (the Commodore Amiga 4000) that he finally found a medium that matched his multiple skills. Ploeg's computer videos are kinetic paintings embedded in mesmerizing sound, windows to a deeply immersive universe, an "O.K. World", where computers fulfill their destiny as emotional and melancholic entities."Towards the emotional digit." Alexandre EstrelaThis session would not be possible without the precious help of Ryu Tajiri, Peter Mertens, Rogier Van Der Ploeg and a large team of friends who share his memories and work.( http://maartenploeg.nl/trust/PloegisOKcompleet.pdf)Friday, June 6, 10.30 pm
Monday, January 27, 2014
Words taken from Nam June Paik
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Basis of Make-Up I-III is the primal soup that stands behind Heinz Emigholz abundant body of work. This life-size film compilation, depicts two decades of notebooks in an unstoppable flickery flow. A blend of collages, workaday writing and filming is intersected by elaborate drawings halfway between medical and technical illustrations which somehow encapsulate the author's highly personal time and vision.
Alexandre Estrela after Ezra Pound
Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
"floating words in an echo world"
Friday, April 27, 2012
“Shadows from a flaming tongue."
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10 pm
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
by Henry Hills
16mm film, color, sound (optical), 15', 1985
The mechanical specificities of film made it by far the most adequate medium to reveal cities’ inner rhythms. In the early 20th century, a film genre coined City Symphony vividly captured on celluloid the core of cities like Berlin, Paris, Odessa and Oporto. Pioneer filmmakers such as Ruttman, Sauvage, Vertov and Oliveira were able to translate and synthesize the urban struggle towards modernity, while channeling it towards a highly subjective mechanical ballet.
The film "Money", composed by the synesthetic genius Henry Hills, might be the last of the City Symphonies. The film is a concrete collage, a masterpiece that unveils New York City’s ultra fast inner currents, fueled by the lack of money and the creativity of its inhabitants. From the remainings of a city destroyed by financial crisis, Henry Hills builds up the ultimate mechanical view of his town.
“Rapid movements for the listening eye.”
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 11 pm
Monday, November 14, 2011
by Robert Nelson
16mm film, color, sound, 33', 1970
Robert Nelson is a celebrated film-maker that turned down the glories of the avant-garde for the joys of backyard projectionism. His films are ironic constructions, open questions made for the pleasures of gathering. “Bleu Shut” fits right in the so-called tradition of participatory-film. The film is an experiment built around a guessing game, where the act of “seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees”. *
*title of book by Robert Irwin
“On the cognitive mechanisms of boat-naming and its effect on the uncertainties of the real.”
Friday, November 18, 2011, 10.30 pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
by Wallace Berman
16mm film, color,silent, loop, 1956-1966
Jorge Luis Borges describes the Aleph as a converging point of infinitude and simultaneous space, that he saw materialized on the 19th step of a staircase in an old building. In his description he mentions that this strange phenomenon can appear in other specific places.
Oporto is fortunate to have the perfect conditions to host once again an Aleph. It is a hidden staircase camouflaged by a fake desk, once used by the sailors to flee from PIDE (Portuguese fascist police). The present Aleph is a film by the visual artist and self-publication wizard, Wallace Berman; a poetic concentration of images portraying the artist's time, life, influences and work. Structured on the Kabbalah, "Aleph" is simultaneously a meditation on everyday life and a cryptic beat trip into infinite time and space.
" The narcotic to the flower"
Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 10.30 pm
Sunday, April 3, 2011
"You don't bring me flowers"
by Michael Robinson
16mm film, color, with optical sound, 8', 2005
Since the beginning of this millennium, Michael Robinson has been making film and video as trigger-objects for basic emotions. His work is a compilation of complex riddles, trails leading to ambiguous regions, places meant for the hard task of feeling. His narratives are deeply sensorial, warranting themselves difficult to translate into words.
Oporto is now presenting the film "You don't bring me flowers", a sublime diving experience into a succession of nostalgic images, centerfold pages from vintage National Geographic magazines.
"on deep image reading and other simmetry laws"
Friday, April 8, 2011, 10.30 pm
Monday, January 10, 2011
by Phill Niblock
16mm film transfered to video, color, sound,8.5', 1969
If there is still someone with a nonconformist and experimental spirit in New York, that person is Phill Niblock. Since the sixties that the artist explores the power of sound and images to generate new frontiers and limits of perception. Despite being a reference in the field of music, it was the film that led him to take the first steps in time-based-arts. Phill Niblock began by making structural experiments, short dance and sound films in collaboration with artists as diverse as Yvonne Rainer, Sun Ra and Max Neuhaus. After this period, Niblock starts to investigate the film medium itself by focusing on the inflow of movement in its various expressions. Working with a wide range of simple images, travel and ethnographic captures, landscapes or just abstract compositions, Niblock overlaps successive layers of sound, creating an open field, impervious to any definition.
Oporto presents "Dog Track ", a film that juxtaposes an inhuman sound, devoid of emotion, coming from a psychoanalytic interview, to images and landscapes of non-verbal beauty. "Dog Track" roughly exposes us, to an hypnotic report, a sad and monochordic chant produced by an impossible relationship.
"The saddest song on earth" Alexandre Estrela
Sunday, January 16, 2011, 10.30 pm