Flaherty NYC: Program 4 Seductive Surfaces
Yto Barrada, Sara Cwynar, Zachary Epcar, and Daniel Paul in person. Discussion moderated by Lucy Ives, novelist and critic.
This program of short films and a visual lecture focuses on the sensual and erotic elements of surfaces: color, shape, texture, flexibility, penetrability. The works explore the impulse of humans to interact with and be absorbed by their physical environments, as well as the advertising languages and industrial production that exploit this urge. Architectural historian Daniel Paul lectures on the skin-like surfaces of mirror glass architecture in the 1970s, while Yto Barrada’s FALSE START exposes the artisanship around fake fossils in Morocco. In the theater of appearances, the viewer activates matter, but not without consequence. These films celebrate artifice, glamour, and “thing-ness” while revealing uncomfortable, painful, and sometimes violent points of intersection.
FILMS & LECTURE:
Daniel Paul SMOOTH OPERATOR: Late-Modern Mirror Glass Architecture, 1970-1985. 2019, 20 min, audio-visual lecture Superstudio GLI ATTI FONDAMENTALI: VITA (SUPERSUPERFICIE) 1972, 10 min, 16mm-to-digital Zachary Epcar RETURN TO FORMS 2016, 10 min, 16mm-to-digital Sara Cwynar RED FILM 2018, 13 min, digital Yto Barrada FALSE START 2010, 23 min, digital
Total running time: 76 min.
Venue: Anthology Film Archives
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