Cinema

OJOBOCA: A BRIGHT DARKNESS

Thursday, October 12 at 8 PM

Doors 7:30; $5 admission.

EPFC is excited to welcome Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy from Berlin, Germany. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. This program features recent work stemming from their practice of Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!  

This screening is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The Program:

Come and dance with me | 16mm | 4 min | color | 2013

Synopsis:
An abridged history of motion pictures:

In 1888 George Eastman registered the made up word “Kodak” as a trademark.

In 1894 Jean Aimé  “Acme” Le Roy presented the first film screening in New York City.

In 1895  Auguste and Louis Lumière filmed workers leaving their factory in Lyon.

In 1903 Thomas Alva Edison orchestrated and captured on film the electrocution of an elephant in Coney Island.

In 2011 Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy filmed dwarfs dancing on a stage at an amusement park in China.

In 2012 Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy.

 

Heliopolis Heliopolis | 16mm | 26 min | color | 2017

Synopsis: 
Heliopolis Heliopolis was the name of a metropolitan simulacrum devised as a training tool for urban planning at the NoUn School of Architecture in Egypt in the 3rd century BC. Heliopolis Heliopolis was created by an insurgent priest (whose name has been lost) as a tool to train students in the design of a revolutionary city meant to surpass the ancient city of Heliopolis. This in spite of the fact that the priest and his students appear never to have visited Heliopolis and based their model exclusively on texts and secondhand knowledge. Eventually this became a source of pride within the school and descriptions of Heliopolis gained a fantastical nature, becoming both meticulously elaborate and wildly implausible.

Heliopolis Heliopolis is a cinematic interpretation of the simulacrum and the hypnotic, trance-inducing ritual connected to its use.

 

The Masked Monkeys | 16mm | 30 min | b/w | 2015

Synopsis:
The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old. They are commonly referred to as wayang topeng (wayang: shadow or puppet; topeng: mask). It is believed that wayang topeng originated from tribal death rites, where masked dancers were considered the interpreters of the gods.

In the lowest rungs of Javanese society a unique manifestation of these masked traditions can be found. Its practitioners are performers, but they are not merely entertainers. Their aim is not simply to amuse. Their ambition is to be respected, to be honored, to be successful. They have embarked on a path they know will lead to a higher state, to an honorable and noble position.

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