Laida Lartxundi: The Room Called Heaven

Sunday, November 10, 2013 — 12:00 am


701 Mission Street (at Third St)

San Francisco, CA 94103 – MAP

(415) 978-2700

Back to the Homeland of Gesture

curated and presented by Laida Lertxundi


[members $6 / non-members $10]

A person (or no-one, for that matter) moves (or does not move) within a room (or looks into another room) for a certain amount of time. (J.C. Rousseau)

Giorgio Agamben ascribes to cinema the power to liberate the image from a state of paralysis, bringing it to a world of gesture. Cinema is made of gestures, the medium of human beings. In these four films narrative is underfilled, overfilled, enunciated and emptied and the world is made strange, bringing us on a journey to bucolic spaces and places of production in which the mechanics of making a film are brought to light, making suspension of disbelief impossible. We explore the spaciousness of calling on narrative while abandoning it, the distance and correspondence between objects and persons, aloneness and intimacy, rooms and open spaces, between present and past tense… that in-between-time where life happens. SCREENING: Keep in Touch (1987) by Jean Claude Rousseau, a film of waiting periods, pauses; Agatha (2012) by Beatrice Gibson, a psychosexual sci-fi film about a planet without speech, based on a dream had by Cornelius Cardew; Ein Bild (An Image) (1983) by Harun Farocki, a film about work, about the relationship between photographer and model, filmed in the studios of Playboy Magazine; and Lertxundi’s own The Room Called Heaven (2012), in which American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds. (Laida Lertxundi)

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