Humour is difficult to do well in art. It takes many forms and approaches, and there are countless attempts and examples; some of them exhilarating, some of them stupid, some of them even exhilaratingly stupid. In so-called experimental film, humour can often be a refreshing component in a cinematic mode. This programme explores a particular, eclectic approach to humour in artists’ films, in which the mechanics of the medium itself play some role in the articulation of comedy and meaning. Guest curated by filmmaker, curator and film preservationist Mark Toscano (USA), this programme features a diverse range of works by artists including Karissa Hahn, Dean Snider, Gus Van Sant and Lori Felker.
Karissa Hahn Regal (2015) 16mm / 2.5min
Lori Felker Broken New: Disaster (2012) digital / 4 min
Dean Snider HEY! (1981) 16mm / 1fr
Alee Peoples & Mike Stoltz Spotlight on a Brick Wall (2016) 16mm / 8 min
Curt McDowell A Visit to Indiana (1970) 8mm + 16mm / 10 min
Mariah Garnett Signal (2012) 16mm / 7 min
Chris Langdon The Last Interview with P. Passolini (ca.1975-76) 16mm / 6 min
Susan Rosenfeld Now Playing (1983) 16mm / 8 min
Mike Henderson Pitchfork and the Devil (1979) 16mm / 15 min
Robert Nelson The Awful Backlash (1967) 16mm / 14 min
Gus Van Sant Little Johnny (1972) 16mm / 1 min
Run time: 75 minutes
CURATED BY: Mark Toscano
This film is screening as part of the IFI & Plastik Festival of Artists Moving Image (March 24th – 26th) in association with the IFI, Lux and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.