08: Markopoulos / Tait / Aurand / Beavers

4 April, 2014 - 22:30
SPHINX
Inspired by Robert Beavers’ most recent film 'Listening to the Space in my Room', this screening – curated in dialogue with Beavers – examines ways of establishing interior and exterior spaces, as well as the relation of camera movement to music.

Sorrows

Gregory Markopoulos
,
US, CH
,
1969
,
16mm
,
6'

Set to music by Beethoven, this lyrical portrait moves from a cold and misty exterior to the crystalline interior of the Swiss chateau that King Ludwig II built for Richard Wagner. Layered superimpositions and recurrent images hold every detail in exquisite balance.

Place of Work

Margaret Tait
,
UK
,
1976
,
16mm
,
31'

A close study of one garden and house and what could be seen there and heard there within the space of time from June 1975 to november 1975. An evocation of a place (in Orkney) with lifelong associations and latterly used as a work place. A family home, from which at the time of filming, the family had long gone. My own home in childhood and off and on through the years, eventually returned to and worked in (and on). Filmed in the months before leaving it. (Margaret Tait)

Am Meer (At The Sea)

Ute Aurand
,
DE
,
1998
,
16mm
,
3'

On the sound track we hear the Japanese filmmaker, Utako Koguchi, playing the piano and singing, while the image edited in camera, records a walk on the island of Hiddensee. (Ute Aurand)

Listening to the Space in my Room

Robert Beavers
,
US, CH, DE
,
2013
,
16mm
,
19'

Robert Beavers films his room in Zurich, and its immediate surroundings, during the editing of his previous film The Suppliant. The seasons go by, and he observes, with great warmth, his neighbours and hosts, an elderly couple. While he, a musician, plays the cello, she tends to the garden. All three characters share a space, though never at the same time, and a dedication to their respective activities: music, gardening, filmmaking. A celebration of light and colour and an intimate ode to existence.