In conjunction with the exhibition “Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other,” the New Museum presents Constructing Views, a series of contemporary Brazilian film and video that explores relationships between visual art and film, while portraying a playful and poetic perspective on the world. Constructing Views is curated by João Dumans with additional support from Maria Chiaretti, Assistant Curator and Producer.

Free of conventions that imprison the functions of daily life, cinema allows one to experience the utopia of a new space—dreamed or invented—a space susceptible to all types of games, inventions, and conflicts, which respects its own law but does not negate its effect on life and the real world. Constructing Views features a selection of films that is not easily limited by the parameters of traditional cinema. Instead, these works take the form of contemplations, interventions, and performance documentation, comprising three distinct programs of short experimental cinema works produced by Brazilian artists within the last decade. In addition, the series includes three important contemporary independent feature films: Aboio by Marilia Rocha; Andarilho by Cao Guimarães; and Lands by Maya Da-Rin. In these works, a realistic (documentary and factual) approach to the world reconciles itself with invention and fable, underscoring a sensitivity and range of social and historical contexts rarely explored in Brazilian cinema. Common in these works are a creative and productive independence, the refusal to follow formulas, and the impulse to bring new forms and new stories to life on the big screen. This distinct and adventourous approach—as opposed to industrial notions of cinema—has made an major mark on experimental production of Brazilian film in recent years.

Limite (1931), by the pioneering Brazilian experimental filmmaker Mario Peixoto, completes the program. Limite is a work that became legendary not only for its formal qualities, but is also recognized as one of the first major works of Brazilian cinema. Unfortunately, due to conservation issues that have plagued the film for the more forty years, this unknown masterpiece has rarely been seen since its initial release.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 19

4:30 p.m. – Program 1
6 p.m. – Program 2
7:30 p.m. – Program 3

Friday, August 20
4:30 p.m. – Lands
6 p.m. – Program 1
7:30 p.m. – Aboio

Saturday, August 21
3 p.m. – Program 2
4:30 p.m. – Limite

Sunday, August 22
3 p.m. – Program 3
4:30 p.m. – Drifter

Thursday, September 16
4:30 p.m. – Aboio
6 p.m.- Limite
7:30 p.m.- Drifter

Friday, September 17
4:30 p.m. – Limite
6 p.m. – Program 2
7:30 p.m. – Drifter

Saturday, September 18
3 p.m. – Program 3
4:30 p.m. – Lands

Sunday, September 19
3 p.m. – Program 1
4:30 p.m. – Aboio

FEATURE FILMS

Historical Fiction
Limite, by Mário Peixoto, 1931, 95 min

Contemporary Features
Aboio, by Marília Rocha, 2005, 73 min
Drifter, by Cao Guimarães, 2007, 80 min
Lands, by Maya Da-rin, 2009, 74 min

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM PROGRAMS

PROGRAM 1
Objects of desire, Marco Paulo Rolla, 1999, 9 min
Unus Mundus—Confrontation, by Cinthia Marcelle, 2005, 8 min
Imprescindíveis, by CarlosMagno Rodrigues, 2003, 5 min
Paradise Hotel, Sara Ramo, 2005, 6 min
Sentinela, by Cristiano Lenhardt, 2008, 5 min
Nightmare, by Janaína Tschape, 2001, 4 min
Éternau, by Gustavo Jahn, 2006, 20 min

PROGRAM 2
From the window of my room, by Cao Guimarães, 2004, 5 min
man.canoe.ocean, by Marcellvs L., 2005, 13 min
KO, by Dellani Lima, 2008, 5 min
Saint Emilion, by Ilan Waisberg, 2009, 7 min
Constelations, by Marilá Dardot, 2003, 15 min
Landscape Theory, by Roberto Bellini, 2005, 4 min
Flash Happy Society, by Guto Parente, 2009, 8 min
Tokyo, by Rodrigo Matheus, 2008, 6 min

PROGRAM 3
Red Project, by Luiz Roque Filho, 2006, 5 min
Wild Life, by Wagner Morales, 2006, 9 min
In Progress, by Gisele Motta e Leandro Lima, 2007, 8 min
Black Hole, by Cinthia Marcelle e Tiago Mata Machado, 2008, 5 min
Collecting Mist, by Brígida Baltar, 1998-2004, 16 min
Hommage to William Turner, by Tiago Rocha Pitta

Photograph: Still from Limite by Mario Peixoto.

August 19, 2010 – September 22, 2010

Events at the New Museum

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