In doing so, the initiators are picking up the success of the film festival from last year, when “artist films at kino international” were shown to mark the opening of Berlin Art Week in 2016. The main programme of the festival will be shown on Wed., 13 September 2017 at Kino Arsenal at Postdamer Platz. This festival will be dedicated solely to artist films from and about Los Angeles. Parallel to this, an exhibition will be held with works by Stephen Prina and Christopher Williams, two artists from Los Angeles who engage with the medium of film in terms of structure.
Despite all their differences, Berlin and Los Angeles can both look back at a long film tradition. Both cities share a lively experimental film scene. While in Los Angeles aspects such as light, landscape, Hollywood, and performance play an important role, in Berlin questions of the political, of urban development, migration, and institutional critique are central. Against this backdrop, a comparative look from Berlin at film and video art in Los Angeles is instructive on several levels. The organizers this year once again will offer free admission to all film screenings. This seeks to provide a broad audience access to art films that are otherwise only shown at galleries or fair booths—and now on the big screen, with a technically excellent presentation and often for the first time in their genuine format. la > x thus offers an opportunity to see outstanding and rare film works and to participate in the framework of the festival in a vital partnership between the two cities.
Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Alex Hubbard, Ryan Trecartin, Kerry Tribe