Open Eyed Sleep: a selection of urban collage films (1991-2016) by Lewis Klahr

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
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A special program of master collagist Lewis Klahr's uniquely idiosyncratic experimental films and cutout animations.

Full Program:

Two Hours to Zero (1994, 8.5min) [Music by Rhys Chatham “Guitar Trio”]
The Silver Age (2015, 8min) [From Klahr's feature length series Sixty Six]
April Snow (2010, 10min)
The Nimbus Trilogy (26.5min)
  • Nimbus Smile (2009, 8.5min)
  • Nimbus Seeds (2009, 8.5min)
  • Cumulonimbus (2010, 9.5min) 

High Rise (2016, 2min)

City Film (1991, 16min, silent) [Super 8 transferred to digital] 

False Aging (2008, 15min)

Total program running time: 1hr. 26m

"Above all, Klahr's great subject is time, which certainly explains the exquisitely melancholy tone that pervades his work. He traffics in modes that are pitched just beyond the realm of reason. Somewhere between waking and sleeping, we can find that wavelength and achieve understanding-- only to have it slip away as we enter one state or the other. Klahr's films and videos provide a rare opportunity for us to engage with a liminal state of consciousness with our alert mind and to reach those "infrathin" moments that Proust describes as existing outside of time." -- Chris Stults, Assistant Curator Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts from “Collective Unconscious”, an article in Film Comment, May/June 2010.
About the filmmaker:

Lewis Klahr is a Los Angeles based collage artist who uses found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history.  He is primarily known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which he began creating in 1977 and has screened extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  Lewis Klahr teaches in the Theater School of the California Institute of the Arts and is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

Lewis Klahr is currently at work on a new feature length series of collage films titled Circumstantial Pleasures and has recently completed Porcelain Gods a retelling of Jean Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt as a collage novel.

Sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), and the Department of Theater Studies.

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Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

Parking Info:

Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater