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Avant-Garde Cinema

To coincide with Tyneside Cinema’s 80th anniversary we present a series of experimental cinema animation made at the time of the Cinema’s opening in 1937.

The works presented offer alternatives to traditional filmmaking, including films that explore painting, dance, literature and poetry, or arise from new technical developments of the time, which rigorously re-evaluate cinematic conventions and explore non-narrative forms.

The exhibition includes films by: Len Lye, Mary Ellen Bute, Marcel Duchamp and Marie Menken.

Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of direct-animation, an innovative painter, photographer, poet, and an important figure in kinetic sculpture. 

An innovator of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983) produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s and 1950s set to classical music by Bach, Saint-Saens or Shostakovich. 

Marie Menken (1910-1970) was a hugely influential experimental filmmaker, inspiring the likes of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol. 

Marcel Duchamp (1887 –1968) a forerunner of conceptual art, during the 20s began working on optical experiments to produce three-dimensional cinematic effects. 

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26 August - 24 September, daily: 11:00-17:00

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