The Festivals of Live Cinema project is a unique collaboration between Czech and Norwegian platforms for film and contemporary art of the moving image. Under the umbrella of the year-long project, and with the participation of a number of international artists, curators and scholars, Screen City and PAF articulate the questions raised by the so-called phenomenon of Live Cinema today.
“Live Cinema” refers to projects which originate in real time as both the audio and the visual parts of the works are being created. The development of similar productions has been known since the end of the 19th century. We are interested not only in the current state of the art, but also in a historical reflection wherein the situation in the past is compared with the contemporary technological accessibility of moving images.
In the context of audio-visual performance and installation, Live Cinema is an important testimony to technological and social changes in the perception of contemporary art through different forms of presentation and interfaces.
An international team of curators and artists is participating in the project, whose main outputs can be seen and heard in Stavanger (October) and in Olomouc (December). Newly commissioned artistic projects will react to the genius loci of these cities and their particular buildings.
Screen City Festival is dedicated to presenting moving images in public spaces and to exploring the relationship between moving image, sound, and architecture. The festival’s format expands the borders of the cinematic experience, reflecting upon the line between the filmatic and the non-filmatic.
This years’ edition is entitled Labour & The City In-between. The programexplores the temporal, motional and spatial qualities of labour in our current industrial climate, and points to how these industrial changes affect a city’s architectonic and social spaces. Curated by Daniela Arriado (Chile/Norway) and PAF (Czech Republic).
Screen City’s program presents newly commissioned audio-visual performances, projection mappings, screenings and installations, produced in collaboration with local and international partners. Several of the selected and commissioned art works form part of the Festivals of Live Cinema project.
Artists: Harun Farocki (Germany) / Antje Ehmann (Germany) / Rosa Barba (Italy) / Katharina Gruzei (Austria) / Beathe C. Rønning (Norway) / Matěj Al-Ali (Czech Republic) / Tomáš Moravec (Czech Republic) / Dan Gregor (Czech Republic) / Michal Pustějovský (Czech Republic) / Pjoni (Slovakia) / Ján Šicko (Slovakia) / Nils Henrik Asheim (Norway) / Knut Åsdam (Norway) / Martin Blažíček (Czech Republic) / Greg Pope (UK) / Veronika Vlková (Czech Republic) / Kateřina Koutná (Czech Republic) / Ane Hjort Guttu (Norway)
PAF—Festival of Film Animation focuses on a broad approach to the phenomenon of animation in the context of cinematography and visual art. The terms that rank among the leading topics for the festival are; animation, moving image, audio-visual art, cinematography, experimental film, video art, digital culture, and archaeology of media.
The festival is subtitled “What is Animation?“—a question PAF’s curators try to answer through programme sections containing exhibitions, screenings, lectures, presentations, workshops and live audio-visual performances.
The 14th issue of PAF will offer an updated view of the history of film animation and the current trend of connecting animation with spatial-light experiments; the encounter with the “Wild ’60s”—a key period in the history of Czech animation and illustration; unique performances on the boundary between live spatial animation and experimental club music concerts.
Artists: Josef Bolf (Czech Republic) / Marek Delong (Czech Republic) / Samson Kambalu (Malawi) / Lotic (US) / Pedro Maia (Portugal) / TCF (Norway) / Michal Pustějovský (Czech Republic) / Pjoni (Slovakia) / Ján Šicko (Slovakia) / Takashi Makino (Japan) / Greg Pope (UK) / Vessel (UK) / John and James Whitney (US), and many others.