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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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  • Douglas Gordon. Play Dead, Real Time (Other Way), 2003
    5 may, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Pedro Garhel (Tenerife, 1952-2005), a multifaceted and multidisciplinary artist, was a pioneer in the field of electronic and interactive art in Spain. He began his work in the area of performance and video art in Madrid, where in 1981 he founded the emblematic Espacio P, a multi-purpose centre managed by the artists themselves that became a meeting point between the sound, visual and performing arts.

  • Pedro Garhel y Rosa Galindo. Etcétera, 1983
    28 april, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The title Reacción en cadena applies to a selection of videos from the Cal Cego Contemporary Art Collection (Barcelona) that create genealogies of artists, works and discourses. Viewing the videos reveals the relationships, associations, counterpositions, superpositions, revisions and conflicts generated between them.

  • Egon Bunne. Everything Changes, 1990
    15 march, 2010 - 29 march, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Transitland: video art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 is a project put together to mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It includes a selection of one hundred works produced between 1989 and 2009 that reflect the political, social and personal transformations that occurred in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Shirin Neshat. Women Without Men, 2009
    3 march, 2010 - 4 march, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Shirin Neshat (Iran, 1957) is a visual artist based in the United States whose works explore the image of women in Islamic society. She first gained recognition on an international level after the publication of her portraits included in the series Women of Allah (1993-1997) and then became more widely known in 1999 when she received the International Prize at the Venice Biennale for her video installations Turbulent (1998) and Rapture (1999).

  • Thom Andersen. Los Angeles Plays Itself, 2003
    1 february, 2010 - 28 february, 2010

    LAX

    Cinema and video Film series

    LAX (the code for the Los Angeles international airport) is a project conceived of and produced by the Museo Reina Sofía Audiovisual Department coinciding with ARCO10, which hosted Los Angeles as a guest city. The project is divided into three sections: L.A. Films, Video Art in Los Angeles (1970-1984) and, for the first time in Spain, a retrospective on the underground California filmmaker Kenneth Anger (Santa Monica, 1927).

  • Leandro Katz. Exhumación, 2007
    18 january, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Leandro Katz’ work (Buenos Aires, 1938) grapples with the passage of time and the construction of memory through the politics of perception made possible by audiovisual media. Two films, El día que me quieras (1997) and Exhumación (2007), explore the icon Che Guevara from the image of the leader’s lifeless body and later story of his death.

  • Jose Antonio Sistiaga. Ere Erera Baleibu Icik Subua Aruaren, 1970
    7 january, 2010 - 12 february, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series

    Film at the Pamplona Encounters is a series of screenings and debates organised on the occasion of Encuentros de Pamplona 72. Fin de fiesta del arte experimental (The Pamplona Encounters 1972. End of the Party for Experimental Art), held at the Museo Reina Sofía (28 October 2009 - 22 February 2010). According to Vicente J. Benet, the Encounters “offered an overview of audiovisual media characterised by a hybridisation that may seem somewhat baffling today. The array of options for the viewers ranged from the most heterodox trends in the new video media of the time to vestiges of the earliest films, slices of the historical avant-garde of the 1920s, recent experimental films, examples of professional-quality films with ties to modern writing and independent films”.

  • Adrian Paci. Centro di Permanenza temporaneo , 2007
    23 october, 2009 - 25 october, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    The world is not perfect, although it can and must change to adjust to the needs of the moment and the people who inhabit it. This is the conceptual framework of Misura italiana, the video art series organised by the Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci-Prato for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

  • Harun Farocki y Andrei Ujica. Videogramme einer Revolution , 1992
    14 october, 2009 - 12 december, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Singular Multitude: The Art of Resistance is an ambitious series that includes conferences, a performance piece and a selection of audiovisual works that reflect the desire of their creators to investigate the unlimited possibilities found on the edges of official taste and the socio-political circumstances of the present day, all while recalling events, revealing traumas, mediating memory and producing counterimages in contemporary society and art.

  • Steve McQueen. Hunger , 2008
    1 october, 2009 - 2 october, 2009
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Hunger (2008) is the first feature-length film directed by the British artist Steve McQueen (London, 1969), one of the most influential directors in the United Kingdom. The film depicts life in Maze Prison in Northern Ireland during the IRA hunger strike led by Bobby Sands in 1981. With an epic sense of detail, the film offers an opportune exploration of what happens when both mind and body are taken to the limit.

  • Johan Grimonprez. Double Take, 2009
    18 september, 2009 - 19 september, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Somewhere between documentary and film essay, Double Take (2009) presents Alfred Hitchcock - and his doppelganger Ron Burrage - as a paranoid history professor unwillingly trapped between archive images of the Cold War and the broadcast of a live television programme.

  • Vasco Araujo. O Jardim, 2005
    14 september, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The works of Vasco Araújo (Lisbon, l975) focus on socio-political aspects and investigate the problematics of identity and memory using classical mythology, opera, Baroque dance, palace protocol and social behaviours.

  • Curro González. El hombre que soñó que se caía de la cama, 2006
    6 september, 2009 - 27 september, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    In the words of Gilles Deleuze, everyone has his south - it doesn't matter where it is. In the imaginary cartography of the global order, the idea of south presents itself as a powerful metaphor that acts on two fronts.

  • Pablo Helguera. Performances, 2009
    18 june, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is an artist based in New York whose work emphasises socio-political reality and delves into the nature of memory. He uses language and historical narrative, availing himself of theatrical and literary resources that he then transposes into conceptual language.

  • Glauber Rocha. O Patio, 1958
    18 may, 2009 - 15 june, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Visionaries - Audiovisual Works in Latin America is an eclectic exhibition that is full of vitality and deeply committed to audiovisual creation in Latin America. The series looks at Latin American experimental video and film from Mexico to the countries of the Southern Cone in a combination of screenings and conferences that put everything from pioneers in experimental film to more recent productions under the historical lens. Organised by Brazil’s Instituto Itaú Cultural, the series consists of 73 works grouped into nine programmes.

  • Sanja Iveković. Personal Cuts, 1982
    13 april, 2009 - 15 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Fragments of the East. Performance Art and Feminist Discourse (1968-1989) is a video and conference series on the origin of feminist discourse in the artistic practice in three historical contexts with no public sphere. As artists beginning within the framework of the communist dictatorships of Romania, the former Yugoslavia and Poland, Geta Brătescu (Ploiesti, 1926), Sanja Iveković (Zagreb, 1929) and Ewa Partum (Grodzisk, 1945) created works that question artistic specificity and autonomy at the same time that they allude to repressive contexts and the subject’s capacity for transformation and representation in works of art.

  • Hannes Schüpbach. Verso, 2008
    1 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The films of the multifaceted Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach (Winterthur, 1965) start from a direct encounter with a place or person and take the depiction to the limits of the metaphor. His latest works, Verso (2008) - starring his father - and L’Atelier (2007), are being screened along with Spin (2001), an earlier film with the artist’s mother.

  • Hitomi Steyerl. Lovely Andrea, 2007
    23 march, 2009 - 5 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    Film has made its way into museums and galleries at the same time that art has opened up avenues in the world of film. Exhibition spaces often host multimedia installations, experimental film sessions and even narrative films. In their quest to integrate image, sound and movement, more and more artists are turning to cinema as a means of expression, exploring experimental abstraction, documentary and narrative fiction.

  • Lillian Ball. Ballhorses, 2008
    18 march, 2009
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Lillian Ball, an artist and environmental activist who has received numerous awards from institutions like the Guggenheim Foundation and the United States National Endowment for the Arts, has dedicated a large part of her work to protecting the wetlands.

  • Glòria Martí. Cuando la Tierra Tiembla, 2006
    19 january, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Cuando la tierra tiembla (2006) is a visual document of the human drama of exile, migration and displacement. The video draws on the circumstances of the Mexican community residing in New York to look at the situation of emigrants on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Their testimonies, along with those of members of associations who work with ‘illegals,’ form the central thread that runs through the story.

  • Robert Gardner. Forest of Bliss, 1986
    2 january, 2009 - 23 january, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    India is a place of abundant contrasts: part of the population lives in full post-modernity, modernity can still be found in another, while another segment - perhaps the majority of the population - lives anchored in feudalism. From a western standpoint, Indian film is a complex thing that breaks with the aesthetic codes and parameters established in the West in its themes and forms. Understanding it means delving into the culture and idiosyncrasy of its peoples.

  • Gabriela y Sally Gutiérrez Dewar. Tapologo, 2008
    15 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    In Freedom Park, a squatter settlement in South Africa, a group of HIV-infected women created a network called Tapologo. Working with nurses from their community, they transformed misery and degradation into resistance and hope. Catholic bishop Kevin Dowling helped them, raising doubts about the sexual and moral doctrine of the Church in this context.

  • Pere Portabella. Films 59, 1959
    4 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The camera never stops moving while it follows the operation of emptying the Huerta de San Vicente of all of its contents - paintings, furniture, rugs, flowerpots, knickknacks, a piano - leaving it clean and bare, and accompanying the objects wrapped in semi-transparent plastic to a storage site where they are placed in a pile.

  • Marina Abramović. Cleaning the Mirror II, 1995
    10 november, 2008 - 1 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents a selection of works from the Colección Pi Fernandino in Madrid, one of the few private collections that concentrates on works done in audiovisual format from recent decades.

  • 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.”

  • Constanze Ruhm. X Love Scenes / Pearls Without a Strings, 2007
    15 september, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Constanze Ruhm (Vienna, 1965) is an artist and filmmaker whose work looks at the relationship between film and the new media from the viewpoint of the ideas of feminist film theory, representation and identity. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents, for the first time in Spain, her film X Love Scenes (2007), the fifth in the X Characters series, which she began in 2001.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Julia Scher. No Cum Shot, 2004
    24 may, 2007
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Surveillant Architectures is a platform from which to view and critique watchfulness in everyday life. It sprang from the idea of creating a new language and protocols to bring to light the theoretical, social, individual and political implications of surveillance, security and terror management issues today.

  • Irit Batsry. Giacometti's Scale, 1996
    23 april, 2007
    Cinema and video Encounter

    At the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Irit Batsry (Ramat Gan, 1957)