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