Exhibtion, films, talks & events
Found Footage: Cinema Exposed
5 April — 3 June 2012
Found Footage – Cinema Exposed formed the spectacular kick-off of the coming series of exhibitions that will be held in Eye’s new building on the banks of the River IJ.
With Found Footage – Cinema Exposed, Eye officially moved into its new 1,200-square-metre exhibition space. The exhibition showed how artists and filmmakers make use of the nearly inexhaustible reservoir of images that can be found in film archives, on the Internet, TV and DVD.
This inaugural exhibit revealed the fascination of artists and experimental filmmakers for working with found films and film fragments, to which they give a new, original twist. These images have cropped up in film archives, Internet, TV, DVD and feature films, and serve as raw material and are given another meaning in new films, installations and presentations.
“The appeal of hypnotic film images in a museum setting is extraordinary and proves that you can view, analyse or simply admire these found footage images at every level.”
The participants included Bruce Conner (1933-2008) and Douglas Gordon. Visual artists Aernout Mik (1962) and Christoph Girardet (1966) designed an installation especially for this exhibit based on Eye’s collection.
Other participating artists included David Claerbout (1969), Anri Sala (1974), Pablo Pijnappel (1979), Bill Morrison (1965), Matthias Müller (1961), Gianikian/Ricci Lucchi (1942), Wolf Vostell (1932-1998) and Joachim Koester (1962).
“The first exhibition in Eye is a land of plenty - what more could you want from a film museum?”
NRC Handelsblad, *****
The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Found Footage – Cinema Exposed, which is published in collaboration with the Amsterdam University Press. The individual contributions are written by Eye conservators Giovanna Fossati and Mark-Paul Meyer, filmmaker Peter Delpeut, film-historian Tom Gunning, freelance curator and film researcher Marc Glöde and Jaap Guldemond.
Film, talks & more
In connection with the exhibition, there were film screenings, debates and lectures on the theme of found footage, all of which were held in Eye's cinemas and auditoriums. The program included work from important (early) found-footage artists such as Gustav Deutsch (1952), Bill Morrison (1965) and Péter Forgács (1950). Additionally, there was a continuous film programme that ran in Cinema 4 with work by Harun Farocki (1944), Phil Solomon (1954), Martin Arnold (1959) and Deimantas Narkevicius (1964), among others.
Director of exhibitions / Curator & Concept
Landstra & De Vries
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