CITY BREATH Festival of Video Poetry and Performance. Sat 7 & Sun 8 November

by Mark Straw

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CITY BREATH Festival of Video Poetry and Performance.
4 South African cities. 20 short experimental films. 4 minutes each.

Sat 6 November 2010, 8:00 PM
Sun 7 November 2010, 3:30 PM
Please note: the same films will be screened both shows.
The Bioscope, Main Street Life. 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg.

See the City Breath Project { blogspot }

Tickets R 30 at The Bioscope Box Office.

Location: Map

The basis for City Breath will consist of a collection of around 20 short video ‘breaths’ or ‘gasps’, conceptual pieces and brief emotional encounters with places that can not be expressed in the dominant mode of narrative cinema or television. These breaths or essences seek to interrogate the official understandings of our cities given to us in television, film and other mass media.

Interrogating, breaking and manipulating tired historical forms, City Breath seeks new forms, new film making strategies and approaches, new sound and image technologies, new aims and intentions in the tradition of the international avant-garde. It relates strongly the new short attention span cinema of the digital age and the skillfully produced low or no budget film. To this end, City Breath is facilitating and encouraging new collaborations between South African poets, performance artists, dancers, alternative filmmakers, experimental animators, sound and video artists, as well as curating submissions from established artists. The emphasis will be on the emergent genres of the video poem, the screen dance / performance and experimental animation. We will be looking for conceptual pieces that can hold the viewer’s attention.

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