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Cinema and Video

The audiovisual programs are intended to counteract the predominant model of the black cube, even at a time in which both film and video have become fully integrated and dissolved into contemporary art museums. Their aim is to explore the projected image using different formats and discourses: historical series that broaden – and question – the narrations told by the Collection, retrospectives that draw attention to other stories in the audiovisual history and programs that examine the close links that film and video have with contemporary artistic practices. At the same time, this programming seeks to define a space for film and video outside of the usual circuits, describing itineraries distinct from the spectacle and its derivatives.    

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  • Chris Marker & Mario Marret. A Bientot, J'espere, 1968
    28 may, 2008 - 20 june, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    May 2008 marked the fortieth anniversary of the largest general strike in the history of France, and the only widespread insurrection in a developed capitalist society in the second half of the twentieth century. ‘Reactive memory’ (political, media-driven, cultural) downplays the importance of May ’68 by reducing it to a student revolt, a generational conflict, a sudden acceleration of modernity (the explosion of hedonist individualism, liberation from tradition), etc. In the face of this current attempt to de-politicise the event, In and Against Cinema. Around May ’68 seeks to awaken a contrary and conflictive memory, that of the search for political spaces outside, on the margins of and against institutional politics. This search did not just take place in the field of organised struggle, but it influenced filmmaking in equal measure, perhaps more than any other cultural form or language.

  • Marcel Odenbach. Disturbed Places, 2007
    21 april, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Since the 1970s, Marcel Odenbach (Cologne, 1953) has had a decisive influence on the development of video, using the qualities and possibilities offered by the medium to make political and social statements. “From the very start of my career as a video artist, I took the recording of moving pictures for granted,” says Odenbach.

  • Isaac Julien. The Attendant, 1993
    6 april, 2008 - 27 april, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    This cycle presents the VIVA video art festival programme, dedicated to exploring the increasingly intense dialogue between the art and audiovisual worlds from the perspective of the viewing context of movies theatres, which is more traditional than the spaces provided by museums and exhibitions.

  • Yvonne Rainer. Kristina Talking Pictures, 1976
    2 april, 2008 - 26 april, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates a retrospective to the audiovisual work of Yvonne Rainer (San Francisco, 1934), a key figure in experimental film in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in the East Coast underground scene after she moved to New York in the 1950s.

  • Sophie Fiennes. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, 2006
    24 march, 2008 - 26 march, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Presented by the psychoanalyst and philosopher Slavoj iek (Ljubljana, 1949) and directed by Sophie Fiennes (Suffolk, 1967), The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006) follows the philosopher as he examines films like The Exorcist (1973), Duck Soup (1933) and Alien (1979), speaking from replica sets of classic films like Psycho (1960), Blue Velvet (1986) and The Matrix (1999).

  • Ola Simonsson y Johannes Stjärne Nilson, Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers. Cortesía de Kostr-film, Estocolmo.
    5 march, 2008 - 30 march, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Why not short films? is a series of screenings and a roundtable designed to put the spotlight on the short film format, a form that reveals the new relationships that artists and filmmakers have with the audiovisual medium and the world around them from the perspective of young, mainly Spanish creators who have come to short films from the cinema. The Great Ways agency, a specialist in cultural events for twelve years, collaborated on the selection.

  • Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. Macunaíma, 1969
    21 january, 2008 - 28 february, 2008
    Cinema and video Festival

    Braaaasiiiil is a series of films, videos, concerts and performance pieces all about the vast world of contemporary Brazilian society, put together during the course of 2007 by the audiovisual department with the assistance of Maria Helena Leitão and Raquel Hallak.

  • Deimantas Narkevicius. Once in the XX Century, 2004
    5 november, 2007 - 19 december, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is holding its seventh Film and Almost Film series, an annual event created to showcase the most notable contemporary audiovisual trends. This year’s series is made up of 11 programmes with a total of 36 pieces, including most notably After Apocalypse Now: Martin Sheen (The Soldier) (2007), which Cabello (Paris, 1963)/Carceller (Madrid, 1964) are screening for the first time.

  • 15 october, 2007
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Viaje de novios (2006) is a project that developed over the course of almost three years. It includes four videos (Viaje de novios, Pago de salud, Circular de agua and Baile al fin) which together form one long piece. This long version of Viaje de novios looks at some of the key spaces in art and cinema: the portrait suspended in time; the landscape as aspiration, between memory and desire; the artistic gaze and its film correlation in the shot/reverse angle shot; using a couple as an editing principle; telling a story that tempers the real events and the narrative voice. “The experience of travelling, time passing, events that surprise us, the restlessness that finds its place in art, all find closure in the artwork, which is simultaneously formalised as just one more displacement” Javier Codesal (Sabiñánigo, 1958).

  • Jan Verbeek. Osmotic, 2006
    4 october, 2007 - 21 october, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    In 1984, a group of students in the city of Bonn founded the Videonale, a video festival that reflected the creative possibilities of the medium. After more than 20 years, this festival has become one of the most important and innovative international events dedicated to contemporary video. Despite its age, the Videonale remains faithful to its principles: the free participation of artists in the competition with a single-channel piece made during the two years before the call for entries, its international character, and selection by a jury of independent international experts.

  • Peter Downsbrough. 7 Come 11, 1980-1981
    19 september, 2007 - 29 september, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    This series spotlights the film work of Peter Downsbrough (New Brunswick, 1940), an artist better known for his pieces made with black tape and letters, the map pieces, his books and scale models. However, his audiovisual work was prolific between 1976 and 2006, during which time he produced 21 films and videos.

  • Dara Birnbaum. Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-1979
    9 september, 2007 - 30 september, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The artist Perry Bard (Quebec, 1944), whose work draws on the use of electronic media, is presenting the audiovisual series In Perfect Disorder, a look at the ties between society, aesthetics and technology from the viewpoint of video creation. The programme, which includes pieces like Technology /Transformation: Wonder Woman (Dara Birnbaum, 1978-79), Feeling Free with 3D Magic Eye Poster Remix (Shana Moulton, 2004) and Escenario (Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, 2004), brings together ten artists who use different strategies to examine social, technological and aesthetic systems that are characterised by the repetition and regularity of their dynamics and by their methodical and constant use of internal logic to obtain predictable results. The videos use techniques including found footage, algorithms, rituals, performance pieces and a good dose of humour to call these results into question.

  • Jean-Luc Godard. Moments Choisis des Histoire(s) du Cinéma,2004
    13 june, 2007 - 17 july, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Film or cinematic essays - not to be confused with art-house cinema - is the film correlative to the long tradition of the literary essay. These films do not offer a dramatic narrative (like fictional films) or a representation of the historical world (like documentaries), but are a reflection on the medium. This programme constitutes the first presentation in Spain (and one of the first in Europe) of one of the least codified practices in the contemporary audiovisual field. The films selected make it possible to characterise the film essay and observe its evolution over the last decade by comparing works by filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard (Paris, 1930), the artist who has done the most to popularise this form, and Mariano Llinás (Buenos Aires, 1975); personal documentary makers like Ross McElwee (North Carolina, 1947) and Albertina Carri (Buenos Aires, 1973); avant-garde filmmakers such as Barbara Hammer (Hollywood, 1939) and Angela Melitopoulos (Munich, 1961); and video artists like Shelly Silver (New York, 1957), Sean Snyder (Virginia Beach, 1972) and Deborah Stratman (Washington, D.C., 1967).

  • Lucian Muntean. Punam, 2005
    13 june, 2007 - 17 june, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is organising a film series especially for children that offers an assortment of animation, fiction and documentary films from the international scene created just for them. The aim is to introduce children to audiovisual languages that differ from what they are used to seeing on television and in commercial films. The works in the programme, including films like La tête dans les étoiles (Sylvain Vincendeau, 2005), Punam (Lucian Muntean, 2005) and The Bread and Alley (Abbas Kiarostami, 1970), tell fictional stories using different artistic resources and rhythms, taking on topics like the ecology and social harmony and showing little ones how children live in other parts of the world.

  • Nadine Khan. One in a Million, 2006
    28 may, 2007 - 4 july, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    No Coverage (the title alludes to the proliferation of Arab television channels over the last few decades and how they have chosen to ignore the production of independent video, thus leaving it literally with no coverage) brings together independent experimental videos and documentaries by artists in order to shake up, discredit and reconstruct the limits of experimental video and documentaries in the Middle East. Comprised of videos that include autobiographical stories, testimonial interviews, archive footage and socio-political topics, the goal of the programme is to put Middle East independent video practices into context and explore the characteristics of their evolution. Although it is difficult to precisely define what constitutes ‘independent video’ and ‘experimental documentary’ in the region, the programme shows clearly that both encompass a broad spectrum of aesthetic perspectives and forms.