Image: A still from The Flat by Jan Švankmajer

Image: A still from The Flat by Jan Švankmajer

Film Night
A series of short films selected by Babu Eshwar Prasad

April 28, Friday | 7 pm
C 13, Pamposh Enclave, New Delhi - 110048

A series of experimental films that respond broadly to the ideas of home, time and nature. Selected by one of the participating artists Babu Eshwar Prasad, the film night was part of the programming of C 13.

The films that were shown include:

PLYMPTOONS by Bill Plympton / 6 min / 1991
Bill Plympton (born April 30, 1946) is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist, and filmmaker best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated Short Your Face and his series of shorts Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog and Horn Dog.

by Peter Tscherkassky / 16:19 minutes / 2005
Peter Tscherkassky (born October 3, 1958) is an Austrian avant-garde filmmaker who works primarily with found footage. All of his work is done with film and heavily edited in the darkroom, rather than relying on recent advances in digital film.

LAMPA by Roman Polanski / 8 minutes / 1959
Lampa is one of Polish director Roman Polanski's early short films. The eight-minute piece, released in 1959, was the diploma film of a classmate of his, Krzysztof Romanowski, who was the cinematographer of the film directed by Polanski.

MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid / 1943
Meshes of the Afternoon is a short experimental film directed by
wife-and-husband team Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film's narrative is circular and repeats several motifs, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper–like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook and an ocean. Through creative editing, distinct camera angles, and slow motion, the surrealist film depicts a world in which it is more and more difficult to catch reality.

THE FLAT by Jan Švankmajer / 13 mins / 1968
A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

COCOON (KOZA) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan / 20 mins / 1995
A reflection on aging and the asperity of nature.

About C 13
The event was a part of the programming of C 13, an exhibition which is a collaboration between FICA and artist Priyanka Choudhary. Between 2010-17, Priyanka used C 13 as a studio space and has now extended an invitation to other practitioners to rethink the possibilities of a studio space. The FICA Reading Room was also housed in the building for the period of three weeks. We invited Susanta Mandal to respond to this project of inhabiting C 13 - a home, a studio, an abandoned site that is being interpreted and experienced differently by each of the exhibiting artists and to come up with a structure for the Reading Room. He designed a self-contained unit, a mobile structure with all the architectural elements of a building. FICA Reading Room is a space for discussions and over the next three weeks we will hold many informal conversations in this room.