The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt
7 Jul–16 Jul 2010, Supernova, Riga
WHITE HOLE. Film programme for an holistic understanding of a nihilistic universe
wed.7 21:00: João Maria Cusmão & Pedro Paiva – selection of 16 mm shorts, 2004–2009 (72 min)
thurs.8 21:00: Charles & Ray Eames – Power of Ten, 1977 (10 min loop)
fri.9 21:00: Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys – Video Lecture for a Parallel Universe, 2009 (30 min)
wed.14 21:00: Buckminster Fuller – The Fuller World – The Sum of its Parts, 1963 (29 min)
thurs.15 21:00: David Cronenberg – Stereo, 1969 (63 min)
fri.16 21:00: Jordan Belson – Allures, Samadhi, Light, Fountain of Dreams & Epilogue, 1961–2005 (45min)
A scientific parody on a existential proposition of the bodily and the performative in the immense nothingness of the Universe.
In the preface of Gene Youngblood's Expanded Cinema, Buckminster Fuller talks about a "Scenario Universe principle, which must be employed by humanity to synchronize its senses and its knowledge in time, in order to ensure evolution".
Either departing from a purely speculative construction, a scientific perspective or a cynical and humorous point of view, the artists presented in this screening propose several approaches to the exploitation of the position of Man in the Universe, of its sense and endless re-questioning.
From early abstract computer films with geometrical and mathematical formulas, to an explanation of the notion of spatial and time scale, documentary lectures on geometry and global design, or paranormal essays, several positions are defied.
The fictional field proposed by the works invites us to inner representations formed by stream-of-consciousness associations that allow an open ending to interpretation. Science-Fiction as a typology is in several ways pondered. Moreover, even though the perspective of art and fiction enables abstract and creative proposals, the aims of this reflexion are further expanded through the analysis of the body of thought and practice of scientist Buckminster Fuller, who envisioned Utopian global missions that would enable a proliferation of communication and progress of the whole humanity.
With this film cycle, speculative wonders and pointless observations on human condition, its holistic integration, and its doubtful questioning on the verge of senselessness are here pondered and defied through the idiosyncratic work of the authors presented.
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