PAF New York 2011 (Union Docs, BNH, Death By Audio, XPO etc.)

PAF New York 2011 (Union Docs, BNH, Death By Audio, XPO etc.)Filip Cenek        12.5.2011
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PAF New York 2011, 8–14/5 2011: Cinema Screenings, Gallery Projections, Concerts & Visuals.
Presentation of Czech audiovisual art by Festival of Film Animation (PAF) at various venues in New York City.

Venues: Union Docs, Cantina Royal, Death By Audio, Bohemian National Hall, XPO 929, The Clocktower Gallery, Moves
Support: Ministry of Culture Czech Rep., Czech Center New York, Palacký University Olomouc
Curators & Artists: Alexandr Jančík, Martin Mazanec, Filip Cenek, Dominik Gajarský, Roman Štětina, Jiří Thýn

Sunday May 8th – 7:30 pm, Union Docs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Video Objects (Part #1 Appropriations & Allusions; Part #2 Sculptural Concepts; Part #3 Photography). Objects of Video represent an interpretation key to various forms of manipulation of the moving image. The first part is based on experimental and fiction film in the form of historical allusions or citations. These allusions are employed to construct new meaning, missing the fictional basis and thus tending towards image abstraction. The second part of the program presents videos featuring a sculpture or a sculptural concept further “formed” in the video. By means of framing and simple editing, a documentation shifting the meaning of the original “sculptural” works is frequently produced. The third part of the program is comprised of several videos employing stage-managed or documentary photography. As static elements, the photographs are examined as such or are projected in the form of a slide-show, a presentation or image destruction.

Monday May 9th – 6:00 pm, Cantina Royal, 58 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY
Animation of Re-edits. The principle of animation is not closer to puppet theatre than to the record of live action which represents the basic material of feature film. In accordance with the historical transfer of meaning of the Latin words ›animus (spirit, mind)‹, ›anima (soul)‹, ›animatus (soulful, alive)‹, ›animare (to enliven)‹, the selection conceives animation as constantly rediscovered meaning bound to the material state of the moving image.

Monday May 9th – 9:00 pm, Death By Audio, 49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY
Concerts & Visuals. Table & VJ Věra Lukášová, Alex Body, Diego Bodego, Space Lions In Outer Space

Tuesday May 10th – 7:00 pm, Czech Center New York, 321 E. 73rd St., Manhattan, NY
Other Visions of Contemporary Czech Animation. Other Visions of Czech Animation represent such works of art that are being more often on displays than screened in movie theaters. Their authors usually do not have any academic film education, but in most cases they come from artistic background. They are thus well informed about development of 20th century art that was dominated by media of photography, film and video, and also by many artistic styles and movements. To them, moving pictures mean only one of the expressive possibilities thanks to which they often create films lacking film narration and tight narrative structures. The selection follows the most distinctive tendencies – other visions that happened in Czech animation after 2000. — PAF curators think about animation in considerably extended conception, which is able to absorb not only technical categories and narrative structure, but also genuinely conceptual videos that do not remind of animation at all. And even so, such extreme forms that are seemingly incompatible with animation are included in the selection, just because they show the influence of animation through various alternative techniques. The projections are divided into three blocks – Animation Abstraction, Space without Heroes and Other Heroes that reflect on three attitudes of Czech production. The basis is a hero, his elimination, absence and presence. The character of a hero is inherently connected with commercially successful cartoons, however in context of Czech production, the hero is neglected in the interest of different kind of message which to the certain extent characterizes audiovisual forms the contemporary Czech artists are interested in.

Wednesday May 11th – 5:00 pm, Cantina Royal, 58 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY
Video, Sound, Clips. This program intends to map the frontiers between filmmaker's creation and motion pictures of film or video, that are created mostly by visual artists. The main theme is videoclips and sound videos. The transfer of the motion pictures from gallery into cinema, from white-cube into black-box – all this remains the central motif of the program, that include videos from the period 2000–2010.

Wednesday May 11th – 9:00 pm, XPO 929, 929 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Concerts & Visuals. Table, Strange Rivals, SDLK

Thursday May 12th – 7:00 pm, Czech Center New York, 321 E. 73rd St., Manhattan, NY
Sound Clips & Re-edits 2. The program represents a display of contemporary Czech art of the moving image as well as a portfolio of current tendencies in the field of manipulation of the moving image in the gallery and cinema environment.

Friday May 13th – 7:00 pm, The Clocktower Gallery, Art International Radio (AIR), 108 Leonard St., Manhattan, NY
RHLS & PAF present: Emoticon on and on. PAF Loops (gallery installation & projection) + Fashion Show + Sound + Moving Image.
RHLS, Alexander Campaz, Filip Cenek, Andy Lifschutz, Table, Happy New Year, Jiří Thýn, LE1F...

Saturday May 14th – 8:00 pm, 937 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Concerts & Visuals. Table & VJ Věra Lukášová, Celebration of Man, Food Stamps, Zambri