Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Lis Rhodes


Friday evening offers a rare chance to sample some extraordinary film art by London-based Lis Rhodes, whose Light Music is one of the most acclaimed works of the ‘expanded cinema’ of the 1960’s and 70’s. Light Music typifies the movement’s aim to break down the formal conventions of cinema as well as transgress the routines of viewing experience. This early ‘film installation’ is a simple and hypnotic yet entertaining exploration of the characteristics of film as material. The piece will be presented on the Kiasma stage using two opposite projectors and… smoke.

One of the few pioneers of structuralist cinema still active today, Rhodes’ historical relevance as an artist and a filmmaker continues to survive the fluctuations of trends. Her body of work reflects a quiet yet powerful feminist radicalism, and she applies her uncompromising theoretical foundation into a passionate practice.

Orifso deals with the history of war in Europe from WW1 onwards, Light Reading offers an oddball murder mystery, and Dresden Dynamo is a film made entirely with Letraset transfer letters. Lis Rhodes herself will present the showcase, and she will also be available for questions from the audience.

Friday 22.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
17:00 - Lis Rhodes retrospective