By Mariana Hristova
CCCB’s experimental film archive is fortunately back in action, with fewer but notable live screenings. The Retracted Cinema session (Sep. 29th) showcases ten pieces of conceptual cinema presented in contrast to “expanded cinema.” Instead of contextualizing film with additional materials, these shorts “self-recontextualize” by editing and folding archival footage back onto themselves using a set of algorithms.
Valency and Variations (Sep. 30th) presents the filmmaker collective Obscuritads (Scott Barley, Mikel Guillén and Sebastian Wiedemann) whose works differ in style but share a common artistic goal of ”visualizing the invisible” and where lightness and darkness play the principal roles. Oh! I Can’t Stop! (Oct. 4th), inspired by the CCCB’s recent Gameplay exhibition on video game culture, presents playful analog pieces from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s that echo the imagery, rhythm and language of video games.
Meanwhile, the Aula Xcèntric program (running from Oct. 27th to Dec. 3rd) questions the established film canon through seven sessions of screenings and talks focusing on under-represented areas of experimental cinema such as counterhistory, female stories, films from Africa, Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific, and “orphan films”: films with no current legal owners such as home movies as well as cinema made for industrial, educational and ethnographic purposes.