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Film as Film Symposium in Basel

FILM AS FILM: THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE WORK OF GREGORY J. MARKOPOULOS
Symposium & Screenings in Basel, Switzerland
23 & 24 April 2015

Basel University, eikones Forum and Stadkino Basel will host Film as Film: Theory and Practice in the Work of Gregory J. Markopoulos on 23 & 24 April 2015. This symposium and screening series is the first of its kind to be focused on Markopoulos, and will bring together many of the most knowledgeable individuals interested in his work. The event is open to the public.

The three film programmes at Stadktino Basel are each augmented by presentations by P. Adams Sitney, Luke Fowler and Robert Beavers. Tickets for screenings and lectures are available from the cinema and booking is recommended. Call the Box Office on +41 61 272 66 88.

The colloquium at eikones Forum will also feature talks and discussions with Erika Balsom, Rebekah Rutkoff, Mark Webber, François Bovier, Markus Klammer and Maja Naef. To register your interest in attending the colloquium please contact maja.naef@unibas.ch.

Reasonably priced accommodation can be found at the Basel-St Alban Youth Hostel http://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/basel-st-alban or at easyHotel Basel http://www.easyhotel.com/hotels/switzerland/basel/.

Film as Film: Theory and Practice in the Work of Gregory J. Markopoulos

Thursday 23 April 2015, at 6pm – Basel Stadtkino
Opening
Introductions: Maja Naef, Markus Klammer
Jonas Mekas, Gregory J. Markopoulos Shoots Backgrounds for Galaxie (excerpt of Walden), c.1966, c.2 min
Mark Webber presents the book “Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos” (The Visible Press, 2014)

Thursday 23 April 2015, at 6:30pm – Basel Stadtkino
New York / Early Films
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Ming Green, 1966, 7 min
Lecture: P. Adams Sitney: The Consistency of Gregory Markopoulos, Filmmaker-Physician
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Twice a Man, 1963, 46 min

Friday 24 April 2015, at 9am – Basel Eikones Forum
Colloquium and Discussions
Erika Balsom, Rebekah Rutkoff, Mark Webber, François Bovier, P. Adams Sitney, Luke Fowler, Markus Klammer, Maja Naef
 
Friday 24 April 2015, at 3:30pm – Basel Stadtkino
Seconds in Eternity
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Sorrows, 1969, 6 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Gammelion, 1968, 54 min
Artist’s Talk: Luke Fowler: Markopoulos Measures: A personal take on his work in light of our current digital/film economy
 
Friday 24 April 2015, at 6:30pm – Basel Stadtkino
Towards the Temenos
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Through a Lens Brightly: Mark Turbyfill, 1967, 14 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Political Portraits, 1969, 12 min (excerpt)
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Eniaios II, Reel 4: ὁ τῆς ὄψεως κόσμος (The Cosmos of Sight), 1947-91, 25 min
Discussion: Robert Beavers with Lucy Parker, Ian Wooldridge, James Edmonds: Temenos Archive and the Restoration of Eniaios

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos will be on sale at these events priced €25 or 30 CHF.

Artforum review

“Film as Film” reviewed in Artforum

Erika Balsom has written a wonderful article on Gregory J. Markopoulos and “Film as Film” for the March 2015 issue of Artforum. The conclusion is below, but you can read the full article online at www.artforum.com.

“The cultic aura that surrounds Markopoulos is intense, and Film as Film does little to diffuse it. Sometimes it can feel as if Markopoulos’s edict regarding the behavior of the ideal spectator remains in force today. In making available texts that had been exceedingly difficult to access, this collection represents a tremendous primary resource that at last illuminates a central personality of experimental cinema. But this is not a book that seeks to challenge the narrative that this sometimes self-mythologizing filmmaker crafted about himself. Markopoulos believed that unquestioning devotion was the best way to honor the creator, but critical perspectives are important as well. In addition to facilitating access to this material, one of the great contributions of Film as Film is its implicit demonstration of the need for further scholarship that will place Markopoulos’s films and writings in conversation with historical realities and differing points of view.”

Erika Balsom, excerpt from “Future Projections”, Artforum, March 2015

 

Times Literary Supplement review

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“Film as Film” reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

The current issue of the Times Literary Supplement contains a full page review of “Film as Film” written by David Collard”. The article appears in the print edition dated 23 January 2015, and is only available to view online by subscribers.

“Markopoulos was a prolific if rather unpolished writer but this substantial volume, which is beautifully illustrated and impeccably edited, shows his writings are consistently absorbing. Although they tend increasingly towards the grandiose and metaphysical, they thankfully avoid the arid theoretical dicsourse that surrounds experimental film.”

Erratum: The opening paragraph contains a few factual errors. Markopoulos moved from the US to Europe in 1967-68 (not 1972), and it is not true that he refused to do interviews – many appeared in journals and newspapers, or on European radio and television broadcasts.

Jonas Mekas on Markopoulos

Jonas Mekas on Markopoulos

A previously unpublished diary entry by Jonas Mekas has been published by The Brooklyn Rail to run alongside Markopoulos’ important essay “Towards a Complete Order” (1974). In this text, Markopoulos writes about the moment in which he decides to re-edit his entire body of work into what became Eniaios. “… the prints that now exist have become but work prints, a fitting jest to the speculators of my work, known and unknown.”

Jonas Mekas was one of Markopoulos’ most faithful and enthusiastic supporters. In his diary entry, which dates from 1965, Mekas recalls Markopoulos’ extraordinary and assured method of editing – “Gregory was editing, with film strips hanging down from the ceiling to the floor, so that the south side of his room looked like a willow tree …” – perfectly describing the photograph by Jerome Hiler that appears on the cover of Film as Film.

These articles appear in the Dec/Jan print issue of The Brooklyn Rail but are also online here.

Give “Film as Film” This Christmas !

Give “Film as Film” This Christmas !

“In all this vastness, within a grandeur of purpose, Searching, standard is being established. In the morning sky, a brilliant star is visible above this Winter. Still another star, suspended near the moon in the clear crisp air Wills the place; the many worked sites of the temenoi, towards the Temenos.”
—– Gregory J. Markopoulos, Entheos
—– 31st of December, 1978

It is almost too late to receive mail order copies of Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos before Christmas 2014, but the book is currently available for purchase at several select outlets in Europe and North America.

London, UK
BFI Southbank Shop
ICA Shop
Koenig Books Charing Cross Road
LUX Shop

Vienna, Austria
Österreichisches Filmmuseum
Koenig Books Museumsquartier

Paris, France
Re:Voir / The Film Gallery
Jeu de Paume Librairie
Centre George Pompidou / Flammarion

Berlin, Germany
Pro-QM

Amsterdam, Netherlands
EYE filmmuseum Store

New York City, USA
Anthology Film Archives
Book Culture

Columbus, USA
Wexner Center Store

San Francisco, California
SF Cinematheque

Santa Barbara, California
Chaucer’s Books

Toronto, Canada
TIFF Shop
Images Festival

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