EYE opens on April 5th 2012 with Found Footage: Cinema Exposed. The exhibition and accompanying film program reveals how artists and filmmakers utilize the virtually inexhaustible reservoir of images that can be found in film archives, on Internet, TV and DVD. This found footage serves as raw material with which they make new works and give new meaning to existing moving pictures. Participants include Douglas Gordon, Bruce Conner, Aernout Mik and Matthias Müller.
The exhibition presents fifteen works of art and installations. In total, it takes up an area of 1200 m2 and can best be described as a landscape of freestanding projection screens, monitors, flat screens and 16mm projections in which the rattling projector is also a component of the work.
Found Footage: Cinema Exposed elucidates the historical use of found visual material and examines the complex techniques and motivations with which the makers analyze the “grammar” of the moving picture.
The exhibition is in keeping with a tradition at EYE of presenting archive material in a new context; in the eighties and nineties, EYE – then still the Filmmuseum – took the lead in inviting filmmakers to make new films from unknown film fragments from the collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by a film program and 264-page publication with texts by Tom Gunning and exhibition curator Jaap Guldemond among others.