Previously at the ICA - Films
11 May 2014 – 20 May 2014
Purge and the ICA present the films of Frans Zwartjes in their original 16mm format. Acclaimed as 'the great cinema magician' in his native Holland, and widely considered 'Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker', Zwartjes is also a painter, craftsman and musician: a polymath who defies categorisation, following in and ultimately expanding a tradition of great Dutch masters.
Zwartjes creates 'highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films which achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism.'
Championed by Susan Sontag ('the most important experimental filmmaker of his time') and Amos Vogel (distributor of Zwartjes’ films in the US), and recently subject to a large retrospective at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, this ICA screening is the first time that these films have ever been shown in the UK in their original format.
To mark the occasion, Purge has produced an album comprised solely of never-before heard music composed and recorded by Zwartjes between 1966 and 1999. Screen-printed by hand and signed by the artist, the album is available in an edition of 50 cassette tapes. Attendees to the screenings can buy the cassette and associated poster on the day (subject to availability).
The cassette is also available via pre-order on the Purge website for £11 including postage.
The event on the 11 May will be introduced by Simona Monizza (archivist and curator, EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam).
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.