CHINA GIRLS

When 29 Nov 2012
6:30PM - 11:00PM
Where Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212.505.5181

Image courtesy of the artist

November 29 2012

Film Screenings/ Talk/ Performance

Press Release:

The various faces of the “China girl”, sometimes called a “China doll” or “girl head”, have appeared in more films than any actress, though she is almost never seen, save for the fleeting glimpses an audience might catch at the end of a film reel. These images of a woman, demurely positioned next to color swatches, have appeared on the leader of every commercial manufactured film since the late 1920s and continue in limited use today. The China girl image is instrumental in determining exposure, image density, and color balance, forming a kind of cinematic unconscious. Her essential but often overlooked role in film history has also made her a compelling subject for experimental filmmakers variously examining issues of celluloid materiality, the behind-the-scenes workings of the film industry, and the often marginal role of women. In some cases, the China girl is no less than the enigmatic icon of a vanishing medium.

Over the course of two programs, we will be highlighting a number of experimental films which feature the China girl, as well as a talk by programmer Genevieve Yue and a projection performance by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder.

Thursday, November 29, 6:45pm

PROGRAM 1

Owen Land
INSTITUTIONAL QUALITY
(1969, 5 min, 16mm)
Owen Land
FILM IN WHICH THERE APPEAR SPROCKET HOLES, EDGE LETTERING, DIRT PARTICLES, ETC.
(1965/66, 5 min, 16mm, silent)
Morgan Fisher
STANDARD GAUGE
(1984, 35 min, 16mm)
Michelle Silva
CHINA GIRLS
(2006, 3 min, 16mm)
Thomas Draschan and Stella Friedrichs
TO THE HAPPY FEW
(2003, 5 min, 16mm)
Brian Frye
NADJA
(2000, 3 min, 16mm)
Timoleon Wilkins
MM
(1996, 8 min, 16mm)
Mark Toscano
RELEASING HUMAN ENERGIES
(2012, 5.5 min, 16mm)

Thursday, November 29, 9:00pm

PROGRAM 2

BLINK AND BURN: CHINA GIRLS IN EXPERIMENTAL FILM
A talk by Genevieve Yue.

A SOURCEFUL OF SECRETS (2002/2012)
Projection performance by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder.

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