For my first curatorial endeavor in my second hometown Paris I selected five films that reflect on the notion of transmission. Not being able to fluently speak a language creates space for relating to each other with other means than words or with words with other meanings. You see: it has already started.
Subtítulos: Saber sin estudiar (Subtitles: to Know without Learning)
Spain / 2016 / 6 min
Subtitles: to Know without Learning is an intimate film, largely inspired by the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein. In it, a sequence of handmade subtitles translate, confirm, or deny what the only character of the film says while looking at the camera. Written and spoken language play along to express the difficulty of a comprehensive meaning.
by Laure Prouvost
United Kingdom / 2013 / 9 min
In ‘Grandma’s Dream’ Laure Prouvost explores the sorrows and dreams of her grandmother, the abandoned partner of her missing ‘grandfather’ a character she introduced in her 2010 films ‘I need to take care of my conceptual grandad’ and ‘The Artist’. While floating around in rosy-blue skies Prouvost inventively combines language and images to construct newly invented storylines, exploring the slippages between fiction and reality.
by Tim Leyendekker
Netherlands / 2015 / 12 min
BLINDER consists of 6386 photographs representing all the objects and characters featured in the English translation of José Saramagoʼs 1995 novel Ensaio sobre a Cegueira. In conceptual parallel with these images, the filmʼs soundtrack is comprised of 6386 audio samples extracted from Blindness, Fernando Meirellesʼs 2008 feature film based upon Saramagoʼs novel.
She’s All That
by Lisa Gliederpuppe
Netherlands / 2015 / 6 min.
She's All That is a video work containing 210 stills and moving images of and by Paris Hilton, collected from different online sources. The sound accompanying the slideshow is a live recording of the poem Fast Speaking Woman read by the author Anne Waldman. Each line of the poem is paired with an image. Together they survey the diverse physiognomy of Paris Hilton as a female icon.
Filme para Poeta Cego (Film for Blind Poet)
Brasi l/ 2012 / 26 min
Glauco Mattoso, a blind sadomasochistic poet, agrees to participate in a documentary about his own life, but the conditions he imposes raise difficulties to the work of the young director. In an ambiguous way the film reveals the fine line between high literature and fag-end vulgarity.