From: Jeremy Rossen (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jul 20 2007 - 10:01:05 PDT
THE INTIMATE DISTANCE—"CONSCIOUSNESS UNBOUND"
A TRIBUTE TO MARK LaPORE (1952- 2005)
July 21 + 22 | 7:30 pmCinema Project | 922 S.E. AnkenyPortland, OregonGuest Curated by Mark McElhatten Underwritten by Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College
two programs are offered as a tribute to Mark LaPore, one the greatest
filmmakers of his generation, presented by his close friend curator
Mark McElhatten The first program traces a linear chronology with three
major works that followed after LaPore’s early period of super 8 work
in the Sudan. The second evening is devoted to more subjective leaps
across time periods to reveal hidden trajectories and echoes as the
filmmaker returns to places and subject matter across the decades.
aware of the limitations of individual knowledge these sensuous and
formally severe films refuse to satisfy curiosity with information.
They inform through experiential immersion, purposeful disorientation
and striking juxtapositions of geographic dislocation and opposing
sound and image. LaPore fashioned works that were both deeply poetic
and unflinchingly matter of fact. The variety of images across the
films of quotidian labor, images of itinerant knife grinders and
tightrope walkers, ceremonial elephants, tea harvesters, fish sellers,
intersecting with images of suggestive repose; twilight figures locked
in reverie and sleep or intercepted by death, heighten our attention to
cyclical ebb and flow, the mystery of existence, and the filmmakers
understated belief in a subjective cinema of consciousness.
A Depression in the Bay of Bengal [1996, 16mm, color, sound, 28 min]
The Five Bad Elements [1998, 16mm, b&w, sound, 32 min]
The Glass System [2000, 16mm, color, sound, 20 min]
Untitled (Camera Rolls) [2005, 16mm, b&w, silent, 5 min]
Lunatic Princess [2005, video, b&w, sound, 4 min ]
Kolkata [2005, 16mm, b&w, sound, 35 min]
The Sleepers [1989, 16mm, color, sound, 16 min]
The Glass System [2000 16mm, color, sound, 20 min]
Untitled (for David Gatten) (with Phil Solomon) [2005, video, color, sound, 5 min]
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