From: Richard Suchenski (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 23 2009 - 13:05:42 PDT
Wednesday, April 8th 2009, 4:00 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street
"Towards the Temenos: Gregory Markopoulos' Eniaios"
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*Images above courtesy of the Temenos Association and Noah Stout.
Conceivably the most demanding and intransigent of all twentieth-century
film projects, Eniaios was a monumental re-editing of the nearly one hundred
films that Gregory Markopoulos had made over the course of his five-decade
career. Completed just before Markopoulos' death in 1992, the film was
divided into twenty-two cycles running for three to five hours each, with a
total estimated projection time of nearly eighty hours. Even more remarkable
than its length was its dependence on the particular characteristics of its
screening environment, the "Temenos," located in Lyssaraia, a small hilly
area on the western side of the Peloponnese. By choosing the mythic
birthplace of lyric poetry and the home to ancient houses of healing as the
site for his Temenos, Markopoulos acknowledged that one of its functions was
to isolate the viewer from the vagaries of ordinary time, allowing one to
reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world. In form and scale, Eniaios
could not be more ambitious, and its utopian aspirations are linked to both
its radical reworking of film aesthetics and the unique harmonization of
viewing space and image made possible at the Temenos.
This special event will provide an extremely rare chance for members of the
Yale community to see parts of this project alongside some of Markopoulos'
earlier films. The screening will be followed by a presentation by Richard
Suchenski. Please email email suppressed with any questions.
Co-sponsored by the Yale Avant-Garde Film Colloquium, the Hellenic Studies
Program, the History of Art Department, and the Film Studies Program.
With special thanks to the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.