10 December 2016
Close Up Filmcentre, London

A cinematic seance is dedicated to the invocation of a hearty spirit powerful enough to exorcise the vile and bile of contemporary politics while providing a counterpoint to omnipresent slick mercantile aesthetics. The criss cross selection brings together films from around Europe, revealing surprising links between the involved makers and thinkers.

Five Angels / Richard Ashrowan
2016 | 5 min | Colour | HD video

A personal take on Brexit and alternate possibilities for governance.


Dolls vs Dictators / Martha Colburn
2011 | 11 min | Colour | 16mm to HD video

This stop-motion animated film commissioned by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens NY (archive), 'Dolls VS DIctators' features the merchandise doll-versions of film and television stars (re-imagined as flat puppets) to fight ten top living Dictators (living in 2010). The dictators announce themselves by spelling their name and indicating their country, after which soon ensues a battle between the dolls and dictators. The dolls kill using yarn, feather bullets, karate and puffballs. With a soundtrack written and performed by Gregory Saunier.


La La Leni / Oliver Bancroft & Louis Benassi
2013 | 8 min | Colour | 16mm to HD video

The sun reflects off the polished chrome parts of the fetish machine, the frame is a blue cloudless sky. All around there is a Technicolour glow. We see nothing apart from the "model" like a "new woman" of the Weimar. In athletic swimsuit she looks around like a panoptician while cranking the instrument, nothing is captured soon time is indicated by an approaching, phalocentric phantom. The shadow cast from a redundant factory chimney.


Media Blackout I / Deniz Johns
2016 | 4 min | B&W | HD video

Media Blackout I is part of a series of works Deniz Johns is currently undertaking as part of her research, which revolves around models of political aesthetics and filmic constructions in experimental film and video. The series is inspired by actual media blackouts carried out in Turkey following several suicide attacks. Media Blackout I explores the concept of visibility/accessibility in media.


They Call Us The Enemy / Pim Zwier
2015 | 7 min | B&W | DCP

Shining boots, stripes on shoulders and medals pinned to the chest: the theatrical pomp and circumstance which the military uses contrast sharply with the chaos it causes.


Priya / Alia Syed
2011 | 14 min | Colour | 16mm

Priya is an extended aerial shot of a twirling Kathak dancer. The footage was buried in various organic materials deteriorating the initial image in an attempt to shift cultural specificity and linear narratives of time and space. Rituals of burial expound successive memories of entombment; the skin of the film becomes the body of the dancer, fracturing time into a darkly evocative, psychological space.


Sans-Titre (24xH2O) / Thomas Chatard & Anotoine Ledroit
2015 | 23 min | Colour | 35mm

In 2008, we discovered 35mm trailers abandoned on shelves for years. Trailers are witnesses of a double disappearance (cyclic movement of oblivion due to the intensive frequency of movie releases on cinema screens, current changing in the world of cinema where the film gives way to digital). We deposited, buried and secretly abandon these coils in different locations to allow time, the elements, gradually altering the emulsion. France, Finland, Germany, Guinea, hidden treasures. After 6 months, 1 year, 3 years ... we returned to these landfills, and recovered the damaged coils. Fiction willingly gives way to organic and rhythmic, offering a return to magic.