Pièce Touchée

Martin Arnold

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Martin Arnold, Pièce Touchée (still), 1989.

An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories Pièce Touchée
Martin Arnold

15 Minutes
Courtesy of Light Cone, Paris

September 6–20, 2021

Based on a single, 18-second shot from a relatively unknown 1950s Hollywood movie, this classic film constructs a new narrative out of the choreographies and emotions that lay hidden in the source material. Using the optical printer as a microscope, Arnold re-animates the individual frames from the original film and amplifies the inadvertent movements and hesitations of the actors. By insisting on these cracks that appear in the hyperscripted world on the screen, Arnold acts out an almost physical excorcism of gender codes.

Pièce Touchée is presented as part of the program An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories, curated by Lukas Brasiskis and designed to precede the online symposium The State of the Moving Image (September 17–19).

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Contemporary Art, Gender
Video Art, Montage, Appropriation Art
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Martin Arnold is a filmmaker and artist whose work has been shown at more than 180 international film festivals, including Cannes, Rotterdam, and New York. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Main Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1998), and the Honors for Art in Cinema by the State of Austria (1994) and the Province of Lower Austria (1995). In addition to festival screenings, his films have been shown at various cinematheques such as the Cinémathèque française in Paris, the Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels, the National Film Theatre in London, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Cinematheque of the MoMA in NYC. Martin’s work was also included in museum exhibitions at such venues as the Witte de With Art Center in Rotterdam, the Bozar in Brussels, the Barbican Art Center in London, the Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Hamburger Kunstverein, among others. He has taught at several universities and art schools, such as the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1995), the San Francisco Art Institute (1996/97), Bard College (2000/01), Binghamton University (2004 - 2007), CalArts (2008), the Stadelschule in Frankfurt (1999), and the FAMU in Prague (2009/10).


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