Janica Draisma: Into the Light

An evening with films from the work of filmmaker, photographer and artist Janica Draisma to mark the launch of her new book and DVD Into the Light. Draisma describes her films as ‘cinematographic choreographies’ or ‘visual poems’: films without dialogues, often driven by music.

This evening celebrates the launch of Into the Light, a visual compendium of Draisma’s work compiled by the artist herself. Into the Light is a personal account that sheds light on several of her films and projects, reflecting her development as filmmaker, photographer and artist, the themes that are characteristic of her work and the people who inspired her.

Draisma describes her films as ‘cinematographic choreographies’ or ‘visual poems’. Especially the early 16mm films made at the Rietveld Academy are studies in choreography for camera. They are composed of body poses and movements symbolizing and expressing an emotional thrust, with an underlying narrative line to back them up. They are films without dialogue, the music is the motor.

EYE has recently restored a number of Draisma’s films from its collection. The programme includes De bakbeesten ballade (The Ballad of the Monstrous), Dans binnen kader (Dance Within Frame), Table Kick Piece and Skipping’Sore, side by side with La balayeuse, The Wondrous and Over mijn lippen (Crossing My Lips). The pilot of Draisma’s most recent production, The Secret Room, will also be screened. For this documentary the artist raised money via crowdfunding.