23 Jun 2016 21:00
Jan Svankmajer's Conspirators of Pleasure
We are happy to invite you to a special screening of the film Conspirators of Pleasure, masterpiece by Czech director, animator and surrealist Jan Švankmajer. Takes part of Print Screen festival, theme for this year: PLEASURE.
Czech Republic, Switzerland, UK 1996, 86 mins, no dialogue
Six characters prepare for a Sunday of elaborate and onanistic sexual shenanigans involving, among other things, bread balls, fresh carp, and a pornographic papier-mâché chicken's head! The ribald, riotous result is a tactile, toe-sucking tour de force of Švankmajerian strangeness and dark humour that must be seen to be believed.
Jan Švankmajer is the living legend of Czech
cinema and prominent figure of the Surrealist movement, an internationally
acclaimed pioneer of stop-motion animation, a director, author and artist who
has had a lasting impact on the works of Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David
Lynch, Brothers Quay and many others. He is responsible for more than 30
short and feature-length films that have won many prestigious awards along the
way. To name a few: Alice (1987), Faust (1994), Conspirators of Pleasure
(1996), Otesanek (2000), Lunacy (2005) or Surviving Life (2010).
Švankmajer was born on September 4, 1934 in Prague. His studies at the College of Applied Arts in Prague in the Stage Design Department and at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in the Department of Puppetry (directing and stage design) largely predetermined his own creative development. He did not study film and its technology - perhaps this also contributed to Švankmajer’s not being weighed down by the “cinematic art” with its excessive dedication to the technical medium and resulting depressive receptiveness. In the Magic Lantern Theatre he experimented with some film procedures, including special effects, for the first time. He made his first film in 1964 at the Krátký film Studio in Prague. The creative diversity of Jan Švankmajer, however, exceeds the limits of film. The artist is active in autonomous visual expression which he has practised since the end of the 1950s. His literary expression consists mainly of scenarios and tactile poems, while his theoretical activity has focused on research of tactile phenomena and imagination. A considerable part of the imaginative strength of Jan Švankmajer consists of blasphemous black humour and a playful viewpoint which, together with extraordinary sensibility and a penetrating critical intellect, form the determining facets of his creative personality. His work, whether film, visual, or literary, is connected with the collective activities of the Czechoslovak Surrealist group.
Print Screen is Israel's International Digital Arts and Culture Festival. Just as the "PrintScreen" function captures a screenshot of a computer, so does the festival capture a contemporary screenshot of life in the epoch of new media. The festival draws together artists, technologists and digital culture researchers for four days of programming at the Holon Cinematheque in Holon, Israel.
The sixth edition of the Print Screen Festival is all about PLEASURE and it is the largest thus far with a record setting number of performances, films and installations, created by the top digital artists in the world.
Venue:Print Screen Festival (Golda Meir 6, Holon)
23 Jun 2016 21:00
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event