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John Smith on Peter Gidal

“Thank you for depriving me of so much”

John Smith reflects on his experiences as a student of Peter Gidal at the Royal College of Art in an article on the LUX website. Read the complete text here.

“I learnt through our often heated and invariably politicised discussions that you didn’t have to like a film to get something from it, and that arguments can be stimulating and enjoyable. I realised that what you actually film is secondary to how you control its representation, that a film’s ‘drama’ can as easily be created by its material construction as its subject matter, and that meaning in film (and life) is infinitely malleable. Perhaps most importantly for my own work, I realised that filmic construction can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and that the most intense and engaging experiences can be generated by films that withhold or ration information and allow their viewers to imagine.”

Cineaste review

“Film as Film” reviewed in Cineaste

The Winter 2015 issue of Cineaste (Vol. XLI, No. 1) contains a glowing review of “Film as Film” by Los Angeles based critic Jordan Cronk. The magazine, which contains a review of P. Adams Sitney’s The Cinema of Poetry in the same issue, is now available on newstands.

“Markopoulos was notably averse to critical deconstructions of his work, which likely accounts for such a thorough philosophical inventory on his own behalf. A book such as Film as Film is therefore the perfect complement to his legacy, consolidaying the artist’s own words into a singular aesthetic testament, free of analysis yet presented with striking clarity of purpose.”

Jordan Cronk, Cineaste, Winter 2015

Temenos 2016 dates

TEMENOS 2016 will take place from 30 June to 4 July 2016.

Over three nights (Friday to Sunday), ENIAIOS IX XI will be premiered at the site chosen by the filmmaker, close to the village of Lyssarea in Arcadia, Greece. This is the only place in the world where ENIAIOS can be seen as originally envisioned by Markopoulos.

Thursday 30 June 2016: welcome dinner and reception
Friday 1 July 2016: screening of ENIAIOS cycle IX
Saturday 2 July 2016: screening of ENIAIOS cycle X
Sunday 3 July 2016: screening of ENIAIOS cycle XI

Details of bus transportation from Athens, as well as reservations for accommodation in Loutra Ireas and neighboring villages will be determined at a later date.

International travelers should plan to arrive in Athens on 29 June or early on 30 June. Departing flights out of Athens should not be earlier than 3pm on 4 July.

Please wait for further information before arranging long-distance travel. More details will posted on this site as soon as they are made available.

Sign up to receive details directly from Temenos through the new website at

Film as Film Symposium in Basel

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

Reasonably priced accommodation can be found at the Basel-St Alban Youth Hostel or at easyHotel Basel

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

Thursday 23 April 2015, at 6pm – Basel Stadtkino
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

“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