Saturday, February 4, 2012

Andrew Lampert's CONSTIPATION (Contracted Cinema) (Cinema Expanded [again!])

Artists' Television Access

presented in association with Oddball Films
Andrew Lampert In Person
[members: $5 / non-members: $10]
Order advance tickets here.

Far from the fussiness of his downtown day job—preserving avant-garde classics at Anthology Film Archives—the cinema of Andrew Lampert sprawls with contingency and unscripted accident. Truly placed in the present tense, Lampert’s film/performance hybrids—equal parts stand-up shtick and conceptual conundra—hold the social space between projector and screen to be truly where the action is. Whether making short films or live productions, his work playfully engages structure, storytelling and portraiture to address the contemporary condition of cinema spectatorship in its waning days. Tonight features the premiere of a single-projector expanded cinema performance titled Constipation, the latest work in his ongoing “contracted cinema” series. He writes: “Constipation is a film for filmmakers. A Super-8 love letter/break-up note for Kodachrome fetishists. An entertainment for the public-at-large.” Also expect a few recent works including Taste Test, and undoubtedly many surprises. (Steve Polta)