Cinema Parenthèse: Land/Scapes 2

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Cinema Parenthèse presents Land/Scapes, a series of three programmes with films by Claes Söderquist, Els van Riel and Werner Nekes, that explore the encounter between film and the expanse of landscape. This comprises the investigation of historical and dimensional aspects of space, and a reflection on the medium of film. The ‘here’ of the camera stares at the ‘there’ of the landscape, two alien opposing forces that embody numerous dichotomies; nature versus culture, the natural versus the artificial, organic versus machinic et cetera.

Brussels based artist Els van Riel (b. 1965) is a member of the analogue film-lab Labo Bxl and Cinema Parenthèse. Her films, videos and installations examine the impact of detailed changes in moment, movement, matter, light and perception. Her works relate to a tradition of minimal and structural filmmaking (Paul Sharits, Ernie Gehr). She processes the basic elements of film – time and light, silence and sound – and develops a form for expanded aesthetic saturation based on phenomenological observation within a sensitive and personal horizon that bypasses symbolism and narrativity.

In relation to Gradual Speed by van Riel, Rose Lowder’s Quiproquo will be shown; a film functioning as a dialogue on the balance between nature and social-industrial technology, and the beauty and tragedy of the world.

In the presence of Els van Riel

Sunday 04.11.2018
16:00 – 18:00
WIELS auditorium
Entrance: 6/4€ (cash only) (Reduction for students and unemployed)


Introduction (English)

Rose Lowder
1992 | 16 mm | colour | sound (no dialogue) | 13'00

Gradual Speed
Els van Riel
2013 | 16 mm | b&w | sound (no dialogue) | 52’00 

Conversation (English)
between Els van Riel, Arindam Sen, and Nicky Hamlyn.


Cinema Parenthèse

Cinema Parenthèse is a collective of writers, programmers and filmmakers that organizes experimental film screenings and dialogues in Brussels. Current members are Wendy Evan, Els van Riel, Nicky Hamlyn, Daniel A. Swarthnas and Arindam Sen.