What’s Showing Today? Friday, March 30
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Featured Screening: Optipus Laboratory: a lab is a lab is a lab at The Kitchen
This weekend “multi-tentacled optical beast” Optipus wraps its tendrils around The Kitchen for a weekend of live cinema and sound organized by artist Bradley Eros. The itinerant art collective will be in the space for two evenings. It works mostly with analog equipment—film and tape loops, contact mikes, glass slides, pedals and radios, and even an electrified Ouija board. Eros sent the following by way of elaboration; an effort has been made to retain the original formatting:
is a magnetic field, derived from the libido, a psychic urge to build via collective energy & desire, that also contains its opposite, the destructive impulse, or death drive, seen in its wild sway towards the dangers of pure experimentation, obsolete media, and an attraction to aesthetic decay, technological destruction and failure.
embraces the ephemeral cinema of unfixed forms and open composition. What we love is the beauty of contradiction. In a sense, we preserve, through action & display, what we are losing; and we destroy, through use and exposure, what we want to keep. We revitalize this vanishing cinema, by speaking of its death & we kill it, in our lively performances, that exist beyond the edge of preservation.
is a nomadic group of chameleon artists, shape-shifting to the site-specific. We are cine-scientists in search of a semi-permanent laboratory. In a state of flux, we emerge in myriad collaborations. producing works & events, soundtracks & invented instruments, zines & posters, photographs & collages, video edits & film loops, expanded cinema & immersive installations. We have alighted at various venues, exhibiting, screening & performing, that range from Participant, Inc to Microscope, CSV to NYU, and Anthology Film Archives to Millennium Film Workshop (our homebases & springboards)
The lab comprises two evenings: tonight, a lab is a lab is a lab is a structured improvisation of interlocking solos and duos between projections and musicians. Artists include Gill Arno, Jonas Asher, Lea Bertucci, MV Carbon, Victoria Keddie and Lary Seven. Tomorrow’s Optipus evening features Eros, Keddie, Seven, Katherine Bauer, Tim Geraghty, Rachael Guma, Sarah Halpern, Jay Hudson, Rachelle Rahme and Pancho for an evening of expanded cinema and live soundtracks split into three parts: one is a color-coded composition; another is described as “a video of Houdini magic and mischief, with an electrified Ouiji board and ensemble”; and part three is dedicated to the death of Kodachrome and other obsolete technologies. Each evening is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm with $12 admission.
Recently-recognized Japanese horror classic Kuroneko plays Anthology Film Archives at 9:00 pm tonight. This eerily stylized, Sengoku-period kaidan by Kaneto Shindo (The Naked Island) concerns vengeful female ghosts stalking and killing samurais. Also tonight at AFA—John Zorn visits to present Treatment for a Film in 15 Scenes. The jazz/noise composer had conceived a loose, non-traditional script in the early 80s and recently offered it to filmmakers including Henry Hills, Gobolux, Lewis Klahr and Joey Izzo for varying realization. Zorn, Hills and Gobolux will be in attendance for an evening that also includes a brand-new 35mm blowup of one of my favorites, which I was fortunate to be able to present with Eros and Occupy Cinema in pre-eviction Zuccotti—Hills’s Money, a cacophonic downtown paean to art, performance and community in the face of ongoing economic repression confronting all artists.
And at that, tonight at Eyebeam Death to Capitalism Cinema presents the first evening of a FREE traveling program and discussion generating awareness of the May 1 General Strike. Beginning with two short pieces on the 1934 San Francisco Waterfront strikes—which lasted 83 days and led to the unionization of all West Coast ports—the 33-minute program primarily comprises International strike-themed pieces made within the last few months in locales ranging from Greece to Oakland.
At midnight IFC Center offers a new 35mm print of John Carpenter‘s undervalued 1987 Prince of Darkness.
- Spider Baby (Jack Hill). Details. 35mm. 1968. 81 min. 7:00 pm.
- Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo). Details. 35mm. 1968. 99 min. 9:00 pm.
- Bad Lieutenant: Porn of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog). Details. 35mm. 2009. 122 min. 4:30 and 9:30 pm.
- Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch). Details. 35mm. 1986. 107 min. 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
- We Have a Pope. Details. Sneak preview with Moretti in attendance. 2012. 102 min. 7:00 pm.
- Ecce Bombo. Details. 35mm. 1978. 103 min. 9:30 pm.
- Musical Comedy. Details. 1911-1913. 42 min. 1:30 pm.
- Faust 3: Candida Albacore and Faust 4 (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988-1989. 64 min. 3:00 pm.
- Return to the Scene of the Crime and Seeking the Monkey King. Details. 20008/2011. 133 min. 7:00 pm.
- Run Sister Run! (Marja Pyykkö). Details. 2010. 112 min. 6:30 pm.
Planet of Storms (Pavel Klushantsev). Details. Digital. 1962. 78 min. 7:30 pm. Paris Does Not Exist (Robert Benayoun). Details. Digital. 1969. 92 min. 9:30 pm.
- Laida Lertxundi Program. Details. 16mm. 2007-2011. 36 min. Repeats hourly from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.
Kevin Geeks Out About… Wrasslin’! at 92YTribeca. Details. 8:00 pm.
Treatment for a Film in 15 Scenes (John Zorn) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Work by Zorn, Henry Hills, Gobolux, Lewis Klahr and Joey Izzo. Zorn, Hills and Gobolux in attendance. 7:30 pm.
Screening/Discussion: General Strike at Eyebeam. Details. 1934-2012. 33 min. 6:00 pm. FREE.
Optipus Laboratory: a lab is a lab is a lab at The Kitchen. Details. Work and performances by Bradley Eros, Gill Arno, Jonas Asher, Lea Bertucci, MV Carbon, Eros,Victoria Keddie and Lary Seven. 8:00 pm.
Player Hating: A Love Story (Maggie Hadleigh-West) at Maysles Cinema. Details. Hadleigh-West Q&A. 2012. 95 min. 7:30 pm.
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Intro by journalist Rula Jebreal. 1941. 119 min. 9:30 pm.
OPENING: Frank Heath “Post Holes” at Simone Subal, 131 Bower, 2nd Floor “Graffiti Report Form” screens at 7:00 pm. 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
OPENING: “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Aliens (James Cameron) at IFC Center. Details. 1986. 137 min. 11:40 pm.
Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1987. 102 min.
The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC Center. Details. 1973. 113 min. 12:05 am.
House (Nobuhiko Obayashi) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1977. 88 min.
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 12:00 am.
Fascination (Jean Rollin) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. Live score by Morricone Youth. 12:20 am.
The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1992. 83 min. 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 9:45 pm.
The Island President (Jon Shenk) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 101 min. 1:15, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through July 16.
- “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through August 6.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April 23.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May 7.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
Below listed North-South
- David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- Beryl Korot “Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present” at bitforms gallery nyc, 529 West 20 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 5.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- Shannon Plumb & Marianna Rothen “Last Seduction” at Hendershot Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street. Open Tues-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 3.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 27.
- Frank Heath “Post Holes” at Simone Subal, 131 Bowery, 2nd Floor. “Graffiti Report Form” begins on the hour. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 26.
- FG.Ft at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 8.
- Mary Ellen Carroll “Federal, State, Country and City” at Third Streaming, 10 Greene St. Open Wed-Sat Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.