e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Filipa César and Louis Henderson, Sunstone | Part Four — Optics of Truth: Media and Alternative Facts
Tuesday, March 23—Monday, April 5, 2021
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Filipa César and Louis Henderson, Sunstone (still), 2018.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Filipa César and Louis Henderson’s Sunstone (2018), on view from Tuesday, March 23 through Monday, April 5, 2021.

Sunstone tracks Fresnel lenses from their site of production to their exhibition in a museum of lighthouses and navigational devices. It examines the diverse social contexts in which optics are implicated, contrasting the system of triangular trade that followed the first European arrivals in the “New World” with the political potential seen in Op art in post-revolutionary Cuba. Incorporating 16mm celluloid images, digital desktop captures, and 3D CGI, the film also maps a technological trajectory: from historical methods of optical navigation to new algorithms of locating, from singular projection to multi-perspectival satellitic visions. Registering these technical advances progressively through the film’s materials and means of production, Sunstone creates “a cinema of affect, a cinema of experience—an Op film.”

Sunstone is presented here as one of four films in Part Four | Optics of Truth: Media and Alternative Facts the fourth of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.  

True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists‘ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary, the porous borders between cinema and its reception, as well as the politics and poetics inherent to the moving image and imaging technologies. Since 2011, she has been researching the origins of the cinema of the African Liberation Movement in Guinea Bissau as a laboratory of resistance to ruling epistemologies. The resulting body of work comprises 16mm films, digital archives, videos, seminars, screenings, publications, ongoing collaborations with artists, theorists, and activists, and is the basis for her Phd thesis at FCSH-New University of Lisbon. César’s genre-bending film and video work bridges contemporary and historical discourses, which also features in her writings. César premiered her first feature-length essay film Spell Reel (2017) at the Forum section of the 67th Berlinale. Selected exhibitions and screenings have taken place at the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010); Manifesta 8, Kunstwerke, Berlin (2013); SAAVY Contemporary, Berlin (2014-15); Tensta Konsthall, Spånga (2015); Mumok, Vienna (2016); Contour 8 Biennial, Mechelen, Gasworks, London, MoMA, New York (2017); The Harvard Art Museums, Boston (2018); and HKW, Berlin (2019), among others.

Louis Henderson is a filmmaker who is currently trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition, defined by racial capitalism and the ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. Since 2015, Henderson has been collaborating with the curator, producer, writer, and performer Olivier Marboeuf on a variety of projects including talks, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, a play, short films, and the production of a feature film. Henderson has shown his work at places such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands; Doc Lisboa, Portugal; CPH:DOX, Copenhagen; New York Film Festival, US; The Contour Biennial, Belgium; The Kiev Biennial, Ukraine; The Centre Pompidou, France; SAVVY Contemporary, Germany; The Gene Siskel Film Center, US; Gasworks, London; and Tate Britain, UK. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France.

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