29 Nov 2012
6:30PM - 11:00PM
|Where||Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
November 29 2012
Film Screenings/ Talk/ Performance
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 1Owen 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 2BLINK 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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