MOCA Cleveland presents FRACTURES, a night of 16mm films curated by Brett Kashmere. The screening complements the current exhibition Inside Out and From the Ground Up, which looks in-depth at how artists engage with architecture and concepts of space.
Fractures brings together work made in the 1960s and early-70s, at a historical juncture when distinctions between conventional categories of “art” and “film” were collapsing. This era saw an increased dematerialization of the art object with the rise of Conceptual Art, Land Art, Performance Art, and other ephemeral art movements. Concurrently, many artists working in established disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography, and dance, began to make their first films, shifting focus from objects to ideas, language, process, and the moving image. This transition is expressed in structural-materialist films of the period, a sub-category of avant-garde cinema that rigorously tested the limits and possibilities of film’s irreducible elements (light, time, space, rhythm, camera movement, and editing).
Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Swamp, 1971, 6:00 minutes
Carolee Schneemann, Plumb Line, 1968-71, 16:00 minutes
Paul Sharits, T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G , 1968, 12:00 minutes
Hollis Frampton, Special Effects, 1972, 10:00 minutes
Beverly and Tony Conrad, Straight and Narrow, 1970, 10:00 minutes
For those interested in seeing more, two of Hollis Frampton's 16mm film works, Zorns Lemma (1970) and Prince Ruperts Drops (1969), will be playing at the Cleveland Cinematheque on Friday, February 1.
Brett Kashmere was a consulting curator for the Inside Out and From the Ground Up Video Salon. Kashmere is a founding Editor of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. He has curated numerous international film and video programs and exhibitions, including Arthur Lipsett: About Time, which travelled to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg; MuHKA, Antwerp; and Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal. Kashmere holds an MFA in Film Production and an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University, and a BA in Film & Video Studies from the University of Regina.