During the program developed by FLAX @ Tin Flats, a series of screenings will take place in the parking lot which will be transformed into a drive-in theater on Mondays and Tuesdays through November 27th. Each week, an artist is invited to choose one of his/her films and a film of his/her choice – a feature, a documentary, another artist’s video – echoing his/her work. From influence to dissonance, these double features allow us to continue the discussions started in the exhibition space. Click on each date to book. Tickets will be released two weeks prior each screening. Complimentary popcorn and iced tea. https://flaxfoundation.org/initiative/drive-in-theater/
Monday, October 15 & Tuesday, October 16
Doors open at 7pm. Screening starts at 7:30pm
Rafaela Lopez, Etat d’âme State of the Mind, 2015 (17:27 min) and Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, Microcosmos: People of the grass, 1997 (77 min)
Etat d’âme, State of the Mind is a film project directed by artist Rafaela Lopez. The film combines both fiction and documentary genres as well as employing the structure of reality TV shows. “Etats d’âme” is a French expression without an accurate English translation. The translation would be situated somewhere between the literal translations “state of mind” and “state of soul”. However, “state of the mind” is not a synonym or translation of “états d’ame”. It is a subtitle that raises the game of relationship between the expression’s nuances of meanings, between intuition and conception. Etat d’âme, State of the Mind, follows the lives of a group of sculptures, made by artists from the Royal College of Art. Although the artists feature in the film, it is the sculptures which are conducting a daily retrospective, metaphysical and reflective speech upon their own existence.
Microcosmos is a fascinating documentary offering a unique look into the daily dramas played out amongst the tiny residents of a French country meadow. It is shot without dialogue and begins with an aerial view of the meadow and then drops wildly down amongst the herbs and soil of the meadow where the stage is set. Using specially designed cameras and lighting equipment, the filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou spent three years creating this single day. Utilizing astounding close ups, they give the viewer a bug’s eye view where water drops are the size of planets, and grass blades become alien skyscrapers. At this level, the bugs themselves take on an unearthly appearance, as if they were the giants, not us. The film is suitable for families and features an eclectic soundtrack with numbers ranging from opera to New Age music to highlight the action.