The Eighth of March: Electra presents films from Filmoteka Muzeum
Thursday 8 March, 7pm
22 Calvert Avenue,
London E2 7JP
In celebration of International Women's Day, Electra chooses films from Filmoteka Muzeum, the Archive of Polish Experimental Film.
The event brings together work by KwieKulik, Iwona Lemke-Konart, Natalia LL, Ewa Partum, Jadwiga Singer
and Teresa Tyszkiewicz
and will be presented with a conversation between Electra's Fatima Hellberg
and moving image lecturer Maxa Zoller
The Eighth of March
responds to the shift taking place in late 1970s Polish cinema, from structural and formalist interests,
to more immersive and radically subjective approaches to the moving image. In focus here is the
synergy and collapse between affect, celebration, and more overt and strategic political and social approaches.
It is a collapse between play and intentionality resonating in KwieKulik
's key exercise,
Open Form: Playing on the Actress' Face
, a film where pleasure and experimentation are allowed
to meet the artist duo's radical and organic approach. Here the face of popular actress Ewa Lemańska
is transformed and manipulated by a number of 'players'; an experiment resonating with KwieKulik's
dialogue with urban planner Oskar Hansen's theory of 'Open Form', and a concomitant dialogue with the
gendered politics of this game.
The publicity of the private is a theme that also recurs in Change: My Problem is a Woman's Problem
a documented 1979 performance by Ewa Partum
. Here half her body is transformed, or 'aged' by make-up artists,
leaving her image divided. A voiceover including passages by VALIE EXPORT and Lucy Lippard speaks about the
reproduction and manipulation of images of women in society.
It is an approach resonating, albeit in more messy and non-verbal terms in the work of Teresa Tyszkiewicz
Like many of her works, the 1980 film Grain
features the artist herself in an ambivalent process of
self-representation and pleasure. In this visually saturated, non-linear narrative, Tyszkiewicz turns to an image of
femininity that is co-opted - or produced in the first place - for the gratification of the observer.
The full list of works include:
, Open Form: Playing on the Actress' Face
, 1971, 3'
--,All Souls Day
, 1973, 10'
--,Open Form: Activities on Moses
, 1971, 5'
, Limits of Human Abilities
, 1984, 2'
, 1980, 2'5''
, Change. My problem is a problem of a woman
, 1979, 7'
, The End The End
, 1979 2'55''
, 1980, 10' 36''
The event coincides with the launch of
of the Museum of Modern Art
in Warsaw - a
digital archive of Polish experimental films and video art including over 600 titles spanning from the 1920s until today.
The archive was founded in 2010 as a means for collecting, preserving, renovating and reconstructing various manifestations of
Polish moving image work.
Electra would like to thank Łukasz Ronduda at the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and founder of
Filmoteka Muzeum for his help and support in realizing The Eighth of March
Image credit: KwieKulik, Open Form: Playing on the Actress' Face