IFFR – Charlotte Pryce: The Wonders of Nature Day 1
Charlotte Pryce – The Wonders of Nature. 16mm Film and Magic Lantern Alchemy.
Tickets and info via https://iffr.com/nl/programma-2019.
A ‘film alchemist’ is a good way to describe Charlotte Pryce. In two programmes the L.A.-based filmmaker will present her vast collection of hypnotic 16mm short film,s as well as two mesmerising Magic Lantern performances that have never been shown outside California.
The programme The Wonders of Nature contains the films: Concerning Flight: Five Illuminations in Miniature, Discoveries on the Forest Floor 1-3, The Parable of the Tulip Painter and the Fly, Curious Light, Looking Glass Insects plus the Magic Lantern Performance W.H. Hudson’s Remarkable Argentine Ornithology. As a prelude the 1963 handmade 16mm film Mothlight by Stan Brakhage.
“My films are infused with an optical consciousness that references a tradition dating to the 16th century, when artists first made use of lenses to examine worlds hidden from sight. Questioning what is revealed and concealed by the ‘glass eye’, my films create structures of seeing that echo the mechanisms of reverie: of alert daydreaming in which the documented and the imagined are juxtaposed. Taking the form of miniature science fictions, rarely more than six minutes in length, the films are meticulously edited and deeply saturated illuminations intended to be screened in total darkness.” (Charlotte Pryce)