Retrospective Barbara Meter in Spain and USA

24 April 2017

Found Sounds: A Retrospective of Barbara Meter’s Avant-garde Films is the first extended retrospective of  the experimental film maker in the USA and Spain. Films of Barbara Meter are in the collection of EYE Film Museum, that took care of the preservation several years ago. Meter gained first notoriety as driving force behind the Electric Cinema in Amsterdam.

In the early ‘70s, in need of a critical response to the utter commercialization of film production and programming, Barbara Meter (Amsterdam, 1939) co-founded the Electric Cinema, a theater that became the epicenter of independent film and Dutch avant-garde filmmaking.

There, Meter curated international avant-garde and expanded cinema programs. She also co-created POLKIN (Political Kinema), and made documentaries as part of activist and feminist movements. In her avant-garde films, she pushes the cinematic medium forward with her unique way of repurposing documents and audio recordings, and with an innovative, masterful application of optical printing techniques. 

With the support of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and in partnership with EYE Film Museum, the program Found Sounds: a Retrospective off Barbara Meter’s Avant-Garde Films will take place at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Wisconsin (April 22); Museum of the Moving Image, New York (April 30); and (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico, A Coruña, Spain (June 2). These prints have been carefully preserved by EYE in close conversation with the artist, thanks to the diligence of Simona Monizza. 

The 35mm and 16mm film program Found Sounds, which includes a dual projection + audio performance, is the first comprehensive retrospective of Barbara Meter’s avant-garde films in the United States, and in Spain.  

Program curated by Mónica Savirón, independent curator and experimental film maker; Savirón compiled various programs for Museum of the Moving Image and Anthology Film Archives New York.


Song For Four Hands
A Touch