Pre-Conference Keynote

Lewis Klahr

» June 28th, 19:00, Centre Pompidou, Cinéma 2.

Screening and Q&A: LEWIS KLAHR, SIXTY SIX (2002-2015, 90min.)

Free for NECS conference participants and members (subject to availability; normal tickets 6 euros).

American filmmaker Lewis Klahr has been collecting images and sounds since the late 1970s, investigating their historical, mnemonic as well as aesthetic potential. Like a distant echo of André Breton’s question – “why should I not grant to dreams what I occasionally refuse reality, that is, the value of certainty in itself” – Klahr’s work explores the twists and turns of the unconscious, where existentialist quest, melancholia and popular iconography mingle. At the crossroads between surrealist collage and bygone Hollywood classicism, his feature film Sixty Six (2002-2015) offers itself as an immersion in the pop universe of the 1960s which the artist translates into a mythological tale.
The projection will be followed by a conversation between Lewis Klahr, Emmanuelle André and Martine Beugnet (both Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7)

Lewis Klahr, Sixty Six, 2002-20014,vidéo HD, coul., son, 90min. (détail), © Courtesy Lewis Klahr

Born in 1956, Lewis Klahr lives and teaches in Los Angeles. He studied at SUNY Purchase College (New York) and at the University of Buffalo, where the discovery of the films of Stan Vanderbeek, Harry Smith, Bruce Conner, and Joseph Cornell proved decisive for the development of his own work. In 1977, Lewis Klahr started to create 8mm and 16mm animated collages. In 2007 he began to experiment with digital filmmaking. His films draw on mythological imagery, American cinema, Pop Art, comics, and photo novels, breaking away from the archetypical codes of representation. His work has been widely shown and features in international collections including the MoMA’s. It has garnered prestigious awards such as the Wexner Center for the Art (2010) and the Brakhage Vision Award (2013).
This event is organized as part of the « Technological Uncanny » project funded by UDPN (Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés), the LARCA and the CERILAC, and headed by Emmanuelle André, Martine Beugnet (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7)), Nicole Vincent and Camille Kurtz (Université Paris Descartes – Paris 5).