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  • 28 october, 2008 - 30 october, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The concept and evolution of television ads produced by political organisations and parties during electoral campaigns have changed noticeably since they first appeared in the United States in the 1960s. Today, campaign ads have become a hybrid genre, the product of the convergence of different television formats ranging from advertisements, to fiction, documentaries, news reporting, music videos, political propaganda, parodies and sports and music events.

  • Jack Smith, foyer de la película Flaming Creatures, 1963. Cortesía The Plaster Foundation
    22 september, 2008 - 23 october, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    New York, February 1963. Jack Smith (Columbus, 1932 - New York, 1989), Tony Conrad (Concord, 1940), and Henry Flynt (Greensboro, 1940) protest outside the Met, MoMA and Lincoln Center carrying signs that read: “Demolish Serious Culture! Demolish Art Museums! Demolish Concert Halls!” “Making art was never supposed to be easy. It really has to be very boring. It must become very, very boring.”

  • Li Wei, Freedegree over 25th Story, 2004
    10 july, 2008 - 16 july, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The term performance art in Chinese (xingwei yishu) translates as ‘conduct or behaviour in art,’ an idea that emphasises the relationship of the individual to the community, which is so fundamental in the history of social and political thought in China. In this ‘behaviour art,’ personal and group commitment exceeds artistic parameters to fully enter the field of ethics and philosophy. Art/Action China presents a look at action art through interviews carried out between 2005 and 2007 with two generations of artists who work with installation, conceptual art, photography, video and performance art. Cang Xin (Heilongjiang, 1967), Zhu Ming (Changsha, 1972) Song Dong (Beijing, 1966), the pair of Sun Yuan (Beijing, 1972) & Peng Yu (Heilongjiang, 1974), Li Wei (Hubei, 1970), He Yunchang (Yunnan, 1967) and Chen Lingyang (Yiwu, 1975) explain the close relationship between their work and the political, social and urban changes that Chinese society has experienced over the last three decades. All the artists are determined to meld art with life and share the desire to have an impact on their social environment using means that are as poetic as they are subversive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mario García Torres. A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson's Legacy, 2006
    4 march, 2007 - 28 march, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    Since the night that Betty Boop was locked inside a museum (Betty Boop’s Museum, 1932) and the skeletons came to life and began to dance more violently than their old bones could have imagined - causing night watchman Ben Stiller to dream about them 74 years later (Night at the Museum, 2006), museums have been subject to numerous attempts to reactivate them and involve them in temporary media like film and video. When a video enters a museum - as an exhibition piece or the implement of some spy - the eternity of the space tends to give way to the fast cuts, fugues in real time and alternative chronologies found in audiovisual works, whether they are a product of Hollywood or come from the art world.