November 23, 2008 - Tate Modern - Expanded Cinema for Rothko
November 23, 2008

Expanded Cinema for Rothko

Malcolm Le Grice
Horror Film 1 1971
© The artist

Expanded Cinema for Rothko
28 – 30 November 2008

All events free –
first come, first served


Level 2 Gallery

London SE1 9TG

Nearest tube: Southwark

+44 (0) 20 7887 8888

To celebrate the current blockbuster exhibition at Tate Modern, Rothko, this unmissable weekend features an accompanying series of dynamic moving image installations and performances by Malcolm Le Grice, and the debut of The Room, a new live film and music collaboration by Luke Fowler, Keith Rowe, Peter Todd.

Expanded Cinema for Rothko: The Room
Luke Fowler, Keith Rowe, Peter Todd
Friday 28 November, 19.00 – 19.45
Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern

The Room is the first event in an ongoing series of collaborations by three artists. 16mm films by filmmakers Luke Fowler and Peter Todd are intertwined with live guitar improvisation by legendary experimental guitarist Keith Rowe. The filmmakers work independently, recording in different rooms, then bring the films together for each unique performance.

Expanded Cinema for Rothko: Malcolm Le Grice
Saturday 29 November – Sunday 30 November
Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern

Malcolm Le Grice is one of Britain’s most innovative filmmakers. Originally trained as a painter, he has consistently explored the experience of moving images within the art gallery as much as the cinema. This two-day presentation, held in conjunction with the Rothko exhibition, focuses on his dynamic use of colour and abstraction through a series of multiple screen installations and performances.

The daytime programme consists of two repeating installations for three screens, including over 10 works:

Saturday 29 November, 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 30 November, 10.00 – 17.00

The evenings will feature three live performances by Malcolm Le Grice: Horror Film 1, Threshold, and Berlin Horse

Saturday 29 November, 20.45
Sunday 30 November, 18.00

1. Horror Film 1, 1971, 14 minutes, 3 screens
Horror Film is a live performance work, first presented in 1971. It shows three layers of changing colour on 16mm film, mapped by Le Grice’s body as he moves away from the projection, exploring the presence of the body and its complex colour shadow.

2. Threshold, 1972, 17 minutes, 3 screens, music/sound Malcolm Le Grice
Threshold explores the concept of an edge, one where transformations occur or are restricted, such as the border of a state; or where one optical experience transforms to another; or the point at which abstraction occurs. The performance is a live improvisation by the artist experimenting with the abstract colour fields of the film by moving the projectors. The central image is of border guards at a frontier post. It also includes a short section of computer-generated abstract animation made at the Government Atomic Energy Laboratory in Britain in 1969.

3. Berlin Horse, 1970, 9 minutes, 2 screens, soundtrack by Brian Eno
Berlin Horse is based on two sequences of film, one of a horse being exercised, shot in the village of Berlin near Hamburg northern Germany, and another found piece of early newsreel showing horses being led from a burning stable. Both pieces of film have been refilmed and visually treated then combined, creating a poetic drama as the two images and narrative are integrated.

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