ZDB presents the cinema cycle To Film With One Hand My Other Hand, a program by Sara Castelo Branco.
Every Monday of July, at 9 pm, at ZDB’s Aquário.
Gilles Deleuze stated that the digital seems to mark the subordination of the hand to the eye: the vision becomes interior, and the hand is reduced to the finger, which only intervenes to select units that correspond to pure visual forms. Involving transitions from the biological to the technical, the optical to the haptic, the archaic to the contemporary – the iconography of the hand refers to traditions related to Renaissance painting, industrial representations, languages of gestures and touches, the ecological green hand or movements of resistance. At a time where the dynamic relationships of nature and technology come together to constitute a technosphere based on a suture between body and technique, the hand is also a survivor of manual and non-alienated forms of production in contrast to the interchangeable and abstract rhythm of machines.
Crossing different geographies and temporalities, ‘To Film With One Hand My Other Hand’ presents a selection of artist’s and experimental films that explore the role of hand as a mechanism of action, revelation, erasure or performativity, addressing subjects such as the woman’s experience and representation; the visual and symbolic language of cinematographic gestures; the systems of memory production and the deconstruction of colonial expressions in West Africa; or the relationship between humans and nature by a meditation on ecological and museological conservation.
This screening features films made by renowned filmmakers (Harun Farocki, Manoel de Oliveira or Marguerite Duras), young artists (Onyeka Igwe, Jessica Sarah Rinland or Melisa Liebenthal) or experimental filmmakers whose works were rarely presented (Maria Lassnig, Gary Beydler or Miklos Bandy & Stella Simon). The expression by Agnès Varda that name this screening program inscribes also a inherent and self-reflective connection between hand and cinema; the hand as a technical, poetic or engaged mechanism involved in different discourses, imaginaries and narratives. Sara Castelo Branco
MONDAY, 5 JULY
1st Session (76′)
Apparition (2019) – Ismaïl Bahri
Der Ausdruck der Hände (1997) – Harun Farocki
Black Pond (2018) – Jessica Sarah Rinland
MONDAY, 12 JULY
2sd Session (44′)
Fake Fruit Factory (1986) – Chick Strand
Hand Film (1966) – Yvonne Rainer
Hände: Das Leben und die Liebe eines Zärtlichen Geschlechts (1926-1928) – Milkos Bandy & Stella Simon
MONDAY, 19 JULY
3th Session (51′)
Pasadena Freeway Stills (1974) – Gary Beydler
Aquí y Allá (2019) – Melisa Liebenthal
Les Mains Négatives (1978) – Marguerite Duras
Palmistry (1973) – Maria Lassnig
MONDAY, 26 JULY
4th Session (58′)
the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered (2019) – Onyeka Igwe
The Embassy (2011) – Filipa César
A Caça (1964) – Manuel de Oliveira