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Friday, March 30

Optipus Laboratory at The Kitchen

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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:

Optipus

     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.

Optipus

     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.

Optipus

     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.

Also Noted

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.

Today

New Directors/New Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA

Sleepwalking: The Films of Sara Driver/Sara Driver Selects at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Spider Baby (Jack Hill). Details. 35mm. 1968. 81 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindo). Details. 35mm. 1968. 99 min. 9:00 pm.

New Orleans on Film at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • 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.

La Vita e Cinema: The Films of Nanni Moretti at IFC Center
Series Details

  • We Have a Pope. Details. Sneak preview with Moretti in attendance. 2012. 102 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Ecce BomboDetails. 35mm. 1978. 103 min. 9:30 pm.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy, Part 3: Selections from the Eye Film Institute at MoMA
Series Details

  • Musical ComedyDetails. 1911-1913. 42 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Faust 3: Candida Albacore and Faust 4 (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988-1989. 64 min. 3:00 pm.

Ken Jacobs: Recent Works at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Return to the Scene of the Crime and Seeking the Monkey KingDetails. 20008/2011. 133 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • Run Sister Run! (Marja Pyykkö). Details. 2010. 112 min. 6:30 pm.

Nearly Distant Futures at Spectacle
Series Details

  • 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.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • Laida Lertxundi ProgramDetails. 16mm. 2007-2011. 36 min. Repeats hourly from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.

Kevin Geeks Out About… Wrasslin’! at 92YTribecaDetails. 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 MuseumDetails. 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.

Midnight

Aliens (James Cameron)  at IFC CenterDetails. 1986. 137 min. 11:40 pm.
Prince of Darkness
 (John Carpenter)  at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1987. 102 min.
The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky)  at IFC CenterDetails. 1973. 113 min. 12:05 am.
House
 (Nobuhiko Obayashi) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1977. 88 min.
Donnie Darko
 (Richard Kelly) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 12:00 am.
Fascination
 (Jean Rollin) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. Live score by Morricone Youth. 12:20 am.

Ongoing

The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) at Film ForumDetails. 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 ForumDetails. 2011. 101 min. 1:15, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.

Galleries

Museums

Below listed North-South

Uptown

  • David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.

Midtown

Chelsea

Downtown

Brooklyn