Film is Her Notebook
Sri Salaya Theater
Film is Her Notebook (Bangkok Program)
An afternoon of 16 mm film screenings and discussion with German filmmaker Ute Aurand and Indonesian film programmer Lisabona Rahman.
In 2018 Lisabona spent time at the Arsenal Film Archive in Berlin in a residency program. Her focus of interest at the time was women filmmakers’ work on film. It was during this search that she met with filmmaker Ute Aurand who is not only making films in this method, but she is also an active programmer who shares and collect other women’s works.
Lisabona discovered that Ute Aurand many women have been using film as a sort of notebook to record personal surroundings which is later presented in form of a film. The film as a medium has a dimension of physicality, just like a notebook or a diary would, which contains records of the filmmakers’ live and her emotions. Yet differently from a diary (or home movies), these films are made to be shared with the public therefore creating an interesting mix between personal documentation and artistic expression.
This program is jointly presented by Lisabona Rahman and Ute Aurand, with support of the Goethe-Institut (Jakarta & Bangkok), the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin) and Lab Labalaba (Jakarta).
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Film is Her Notebook
with a discussion with programmer Lisabona Rahman
1. A Portrait of Ga, Margaret Tait (UK, 1952, 16 mm film, color, 4 minutes, English)
In filming her mother, Ga, in her familiar environment on Orkney Tait asks the wider question of how much the camera can reveal of the person.
2. Notebook, Marie Menken (USA, 1962, 16 mm film, B&W and color, 11 minutes, English)
A compilation of personal images shot by Marie Menken. When she was alive, the compilation dynamically changes from time to time as she kept on editing it.
3. Colour Poems, Margaret Tait (UK, 1974, 16 mm film, color, 11 minutes, English)
A combination of hand-scratched animation, stop motion as well live footage edited together in a flow of colors and forms.
4. O-de-ka-ke Diary, Utako Koguchi (Japan, 1988, 16 mm film, color, 47 minutes, Japanese)
A woman’s record of her journey, both in a physical and emotional senses, through cityscapes and nature.
Rasendes Grün mit Pferden (2019, 16 mm film, 82 minutes, German, English)
with a discussion with filmmaker Ute Aurand
Rushing Green with Horses is a collection of brief moments, filmed between 1999 and 2018 on journeys, at home, with friends and alone. They are private gestures that attract my attention, spontaneously filmed beyond narration or documentary: Anton in his apartment in Lichtenberg, Lilian and Nanouk 10 days old, Jón’s 94th birthday, Sofia dancing, James and Robert transport the 16mm projector, snow at Cape Cod, Detel in her atelier, Franz and Sabrina get married, a trip to Detroit, a stormy sea in black-and-white, Alma and Ernie at the Brandenburger Gate. We see the same people at various ages, as a child, as a teenager, as a young woman… sometimes hear someone speaking, hear music, or silence. Somewhere in the middle of the film there is a handwritten sentence that appears upside down before it gets turned around: “A child asleep in its own life”.
About Ute Aurand:
Ute Aurand, born in Frankfurt/Main, West Germany in 1957 and raised in Berlin, studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1979 to 1985. Alongside her own film work she has been curating film programs since 1990 – the monthly “Filmarbeiterinnen-Abend” (1990-1996) and the series “Sie zum Beispiel” (1995–96). She is co-founder of the group “Filmsamstag” (1997–2007) as well as of the series “Großes Kino, kleines Kino,” experimental films for children, Arsenal. She has taught at the Universities of the Arts in Hamburg and Bremen as well as at the HGKZ in Zurich. In 2015 she initiated a Bolex workshop. Her films have been seen at international film festivals.
About Lisabona Rahman:
Lisabona Rahman worked as cinema programmer since 2006. She took up a specialization in film preservation and curatorial studies from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in 2013, as well as film restoration technique from the L’immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, Italy. Lisabona currently is based in Jakarta and works as a freelance consultant on film restoration and archival film programming.