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Obsessed with Light

Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl / US, DEUZE, FR, 2023 / 91 min.

Meet the Archive highlights exceptional stories about (early) cinematic history. Eye International Conference will open with Obsessed with Light, a documentary that combines interviews with artists with copious archival material from sources including Eye.

poster Obsessed with Light (Zeva Oelbaum & Sabine Krayenbühl, US/DE/FR 2023)

The Eye International Conference will open with an introduction by Bregtje van der Haak (Director at Eye), Giovanna Fossati (Director Collection & Knowledge Sharing at Eye), and Sarah Kenderdine (Professor of Digital Museology at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

This will be followed by a screening of Obsessed with Light (2023) a documentary about dance and light pioneer Loïe Fuller (1862 - 1928), a fabulously original performer and inventor who revolutionised image culture at the start of the 20th century. Fuller’s rise coincided with cinema’s infancy. Her ‘Serpentine Dance’ became iconic among early filmmakers who hand-coloured their films to imitate wonderful lighting effects.

The documentary is not only a meditation on light, but also depicts the influence of Fuller’s work on contemporary culture with examples including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Swift, Ines van Herpen, Shakira, William Kentridge and Studio Drift from Amsterdam. Combining archival footage (also from Eye’s collection) with artists’ interviews, the film links today’s creative giants to Fuller’s pioneering work. The film contains excerpts from some 26 films from Eye’s collection including The Twenty-four Dollar Island (Robert Flaherty, US 1927), Le charmeur (Segundo de Chomón, FR 1906) and Les Parisiennes (Unknown, US 1897).

The screening will conclude with an exclusive video message by the directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, talking about their research and production of the film.

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Meet the Archive 2024

Meet the Archive provides a kaleidoscopic look at the work of Eye’s restorers and curators. Eye’s collection comprises some 55,000 films as well as dozens of directors’, film professionals’ and institutions’ archives. The past year’s most remarkable, surprising (research) projects will be highlighted on 25 May 2024.

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