OPENING NIGHT @ ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
Doors at 7 pm, Screening, Performance at 7:30 pm
For the opening night of the festival, Anthology is pleased to partner with MONO NO AWARE to present a special evening in celebration of the pioneering artist Carolee Schneemann. The evening will center around Schneemann's rarely-screened, 16mm dual-projection film KITCH’S LAST MEAL, with special additions to the program to be announced.
KITCH’S LAST MEAL, Carolee Schneemann
1973-78, 54 min, double-16mm projection, sound on CD. Preserved by Anthology with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The third part of her autobiographical trilogy (including FUSES and PLUMB LINE), KITCH’S LAST MEAL documents, among other things, the demise of Schneemann’s cat comrade, Kitch. Presented in varying configurations and lengths over the years, KITCH’S was shot in Super-8mm and shown simultaneously on two projectors with one image arranged above another. This configuration is duplicated in Anthology’s preservation, and the sound is played from CD in an attempt to keep the ‘live’ nature of the film intact. If you have not seen it before, KITCH’s undoubtedly stands as one of Schneemann’s most emotionally gripping and cathartic works.
“Domestic imagery filmed weekly for three years in a country house where my partner and myself are observed by our 19-year-old cat in the normal routine of domestic intimacy and our work as artists. … The ordinariness of the activities of the couple in association with the disjunctive sound builds towards a disconcerting invisibility – beyond what is here manifest.” –C.S.
Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the exhibition, preservation, and study of independent and artist film and video. anthologyfilmarchives.org