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Jefferson Presents: Experiments On Film No. 108

By Mike Everleth ⋅ January 29, 2010

Abstract drawing of a man wearing a hat

Jan. 30
8:00 p.m.
Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA

Hosted by: Jefferson Presents

Jefferson Presents’ latest experiment will include two classic underground films by artists, plus one new expanded cinema performance.

Gudmundur Gudmundsson was an Icelandic artist who, for a time, rechristened himself with the single nameĀ  Ferro. However, he was forced to change his alias following a lawsuit, so he renamed himself Erro. As far as I can tell, he only made one film, Grimaces, in 1967, which is simply a filmed record of 180 artists grimacing while Lettrist poetry plays on the soundtrack. (Lettrism was a French avant-garde literary and artistic movement founded by Isidore Isou.)

Rose Lowder is also a painter and a sculptor who turned to film, although she has made many more than Ferro. Retour D’un Repere Compose: Composed Recurrence features three different presentations of the same material. The first third is a straight image. The second third is a combined picture printed onto the same strip of film. And the last third is like the second third, but reprinted three times onto the same strip of film.

Finally, Brian Dean Richmond will perform a new double projection piece.

Grimaces, dir. Gudmundur Gudmundsson, aka Ferro (1967, 16mm, black and white, sound, 45 min.)
Retour D’un Repere Compose: Composed Recurrence, dir. Rose Lowder (1981) 16mm, color, silent, 60 min

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