BIENALSUR 2019 presents cinema and music at Xirgu Espacio UNTREF


BIENALSUR 2019 joins the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the Swiss institute IOIC - Institute of Incoherent Cinematography with an exhibition of silent science fiction films, documentaries and music at the Xirgu Space UNTREF on September 12 from 19 hours. Organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), the biennial unfolds across the globe, simultaneously, until November, with exhibitions of 400 artists in more than one hundred venues - with which it works jointly and collaboratively, in 43 cities in 20 countries.

The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America presents in Xirgu Espacio UNTREF (Chacabuco 875) "Cinema and Music: Adventures of silent cinema - IOIC South America Tour" on September 12th from 7pm, within the framework of the tour through Chile, Argentina and Brazil of the IOIC - Institute of Incoherent Cinematography. It is an exhibition of silent science fiction films, documentaries about audacious adventures and glorious expeditions, and experimental films whose very form is daring and adventurous. All the films are presented with live bands of international musicians of various genres, from jazz and improvised music, to post-rock, electronics and contemporary experimental music.

The theatre will screen works by Walter Ruttmann, Germaine Dulac, Dziga Vértov and Henri d'Ursel, which explore the fantastic world of the most modern technologies, other ethnographic and documentary films on the margins of the civilised world, reports of expeditions and journeys, the conquest of places as remote as the South Pole, Mount Everest or the planet Mars, and experimental films that examine the dreamlike character of the modern medium. The projections will be accompanied by the music of Claudio Caldini, Agathe Max, Juan Petrini and the Elgar trio.  

One of the main events of this IOIC tour is the screening of Marcel L'Herbier's L'Inhumaine in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro with a changing orchestra of international improvisers formed exclusively for this collective musical experience.

This Festival is part of the program COINCIDENCE – Cultural exchanges Switzerland-South America (COINCIDENCIA - Intercambios culturales Suiza-América del Sur) - of the Swiss foundation for culture Pro Helvetia.


19:00: Abstraction experiments: German architect and artist Walter Ruttmann, director of the visual poem about the German capital "Berlin - Die Sinfonie der Großstadt", is apart from Hans Richter the great point of reference for any filmmaker who explores the world of cinematographic abstraction. The title "Lichtspiel" means set of lights and refers to what cinema was called in the 1920s: "Lichtspieltheater".

Movies: Lichtspiel: Opus I (DE 1921, 12 min), Walter Ruttmann; Lichtspiel: Opus II (DE 1923, 4 min), Walter Ruttmann; Lichtspiel: Opus III (DE 1924, 4 min), Walter Ruttmann; Lichtspiel: Opus IV (DE 1925, 4 min), Walter Ruttmann.

Music: Claudio Caldini (elec). In his own films, experimental filmmaker Claudio Caldini emphasizes the idea of cinema as an activity of absolute direct vision. At the Teatro Xirgu espacio UNTREF, Caldini is going to make a live soundtrack of these four abstract shorts of the classical avant-garde, the epoch where this idea arose.

20:00: The invitation to the trip: this is Germaine Dulac's last impressionist film before the scandalous eruption of “The shell and the clergyman” ("La coquille et le clergyman") the following year. The previous film is inspired by a poem by Charles Baudelaire and is an attempt to free itself from any kind of cinematic narrative. It is a visual symphony of rhythmically assembled images representing projections of visceral feelings.

Film: The invitation to the trip (L'invitation au voyage) (FR 1927, 40 min), Germaine Dulac

Music: Agathe Max (vl, elec).  French violin virtuoso Agathe Max is famous for her solo violin concerts in which she modifies the sound with a variety of loops, distortions and other effects.

21:00: One sixth of the world: through a film journey that is a collage between newsreels and found footage shows the multitude of villages in remote areas of the Soviet Union. It is a passionate call for unification to create a complete socialist society.

Film: Shestaya chast mira (One sixth of the world) (UK 1926, 75 min), Dziga Vértov.

Music: Elgar - Hans Koch (bcl, ss), Florian Stoffner (g) & Lionel Friedli (dr). The live sound of this film will be made by Elgar, a free improvisation trio with Hans Koch on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Florian Stoffner on guitar and Lionel Friedli on drums. 

22:30: Dark objects of desire: the Belgian avant-garde is unfairly relegated compared to the French avant-garde. This is put to the test by the two filmmakers Henri d'Ursel and Ernst Moerman.   In a Paris that resembles that of Louis Feuillade's serials, the protagonist of "The Pearl" (La Perla) starts looking for the desired object, but it constantly escapes him in a series of events, one rarer than the other. The surrealistic satire "Monsieur Fantômas" is also a tribute to the demoralizing gentleman and conjures up a world in which nothing is impossible.

Movies: The pearl (La perle) (FR 1929, 35 min), Henri d'Ursel; Mister Fantomas (Monsieur Fantômas) (BE 1937, 17 min), Ernst Moerman.

Music: Juan Petrini (elec). For his sonorization of these two pearls of surrealist cinema, the Bahian musician Juan Petrini experiments with modular synthesizers and mixes generative music with frequencies and random modulations.