April Film Trilogy
Revisiting Solaris: Deimantas Narkevicius
When: 25 April 2012, 6-9pm
Where: The National Lift Tower, Northampton, NN5 5HF
‘Revisiting Solaris’ (2007) by Demiantas Narkevicius is being screened in the National Lift Tower followed by a visit to the viewing platform at the top of the tower. The film revisits Tarkovsky’s famous 1972 film Solaris from the novel by Stanislaw Lem. Donatas Banionis, the actor who played Kelvin, is reunited with the role in Narkevicius’ work, merging the past with views of the future. Soviet architecture provides the setting intercut with black and white photographs of seemingly timeless landscapes from 1905 by Lithuanian painter and composer M.K. Ciurlionis.
Deimantas Narcevicius, born 1964, Utena. Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithaunia. Represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale 2003 and has exhibited internationally the Baltic Triennial of International Art and Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst in Leipzig.
Travelling Fields: Inger Lise Hansen
Film Screening and Artist Talk
When: 27 April 2012, Film 2-6pm, 7-9pm; Talk 6-7pm
Where: Sanctuary Studios, 2 Clare Street, The Mounts, Northampton NN1 3JF
Travelling Fields (2009) is a key work by Inger Lise Hansen. Her work focuses on impermanence, transience and ideas of change, shifts and repositioning. Geography is examined and visually reworked in dimensions of altered time and filmic space. Travelling Fields examines architectural elements and different ground surfaces in the Murmansk region of Russia. Screened in a former shoe factory, the work is surrounded by the heritage and legacy of the working town.
Inger Lise Hansen, born 1963, Norway. Lives and works in London and Norway. Studied Fine Art at North East London Polytechnic, Central St Martins College of Art & Design and San Francisco Art Institute. Her experimental animation films have been shown in international film festivals, museums and galleries, winning prizes including Gold Prize for Animation at the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films. Her film Adrift (2004) was awarded Most Technically Innovative Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Inger works in London and in Norway.
Alice: Jan Svankmajer
When: 28 April 2012, 2-6.30pm
Where: A residential basement, Sherriff road, Northampton, NN1 4LT
Alice (1988) by Jan Svankmajer gives Lewis Carroll’s children’s story a disturbing interpretation. Using live action and stop motion, the artist has created an intense and threatening place, rich in dark humour and unusual happenings. The film is being screened in a residential basement built in the Victorian era offering a suitably bizarre setting for this macabre journey through Wonderland.
Jan Svankmajer, born 1934, Prague. One of the best-known exponents of Czech experimental film, has worked with stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka and the legends of Faustus and more.