Jonas Mekas, Travel Songs​

Jonas Mekas, Travel Songs​

Jonas Mekas, Travel Songs (still), 1967-1981.

Bar Laika presents
Jonas Mekas, Travel Songs​
Date
November 15, 2018, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
USA

Bar Laika is proud to present Travel Songs by our neighbor Jonas Mekas.

Drawn together from two decades of itinerant shooting in Europe, Travel Songs (1967-1981, 25 minutes) evokes Jonas Mekas' improvisatory approach to sightseeing, with Assisi, Moscow, and Stockholm all filtered through his singularly animated lens. Though tuned to fine-grained particularities of landscape and culture, Travel Songs is finally a testament to the razzle-dazzle Mekas seems to find no matter where he goes.

Jonas Mekas is a Lithuanian American filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema". His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. Mekas lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Category
Film
Subject
Landscape

Jonas Mekas (b. 1922, Semeniškiai, Lithuania) was a filmmaker, poet, teacher, and archivist. After escaping a Nazi labor camp in Germany with his brother Adolfas (1925–2011), Mekas attended the University of Mainz, where he studied philosophy. In 1949, the brothers were given status as United Nations refugees and were relocated to New York City, where before long Mekas would start making films, soon becoming a part of the film community and one of the major influences in a culture that he would dub New American Cinema. In 1954, together with his brother, Mekas started the landmark Film Culture magazine, and in 1958 began his legendary Movie Journal column in the Village Voice. In 1962 he founded the Film-Makers' Cooperative, and in 1964, the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, a screening venue and one of the world's largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema. Throughout his life, Mekas made over sixty films and film installations that have been shown in musuems and festivals worldwide, and he is largely credited for developing the diaristic forms of cinema. He is the author of more than twenty-five books of prose and poetry, which have been translated into over a dozen languages and are considered classic works of literature in his home country, Lithuania. On January 23, 2019, Mekas passed away at the age of 96 at his home in Brooklyn.

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