Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series Binghamton University – Rose Lowder
November 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Events sponsored by Department of Cinema & Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series:
Rose Lowder in person with the following 16 mm silent films
FORYANNFROMROSE | 2014 | 3 min • TURBULENCE | 2015 | 7.5 min • TARTARUGHE D’ACQUA | 2016, | 24.5 min • BOUQUETS 11-20 | 2005-09 | 14 min, France, ca 50 min.
The Bouquets films, like most all of Lowder’s films, are characterized by a rapid-fire perceptual workout generated by frame-by-frame photography. She exposes her scenes at alternating increments, introducing a vibration or alternation between two distinct positions or, in many cases, subjects, thereby depriving cinema of its standard capacity to replicate “normal” vision. This natural look, we might call it, is replaced with a tense, heightened dialecticism, which electrifies that which might otherwise mistake for being inert. Although the Bouquets (and other Lowder films) contain all sorts of images drawn from in and around Lowder’s home in provincial France, the image which has become her standard recognition baseline (a kind of cine-avatar, if you will) is the flower, either in isolation or dispersed across gardens in color-organized beds. Lowder’s flowers don’t just sway in the wind. Her single-frame shifting whips the flora into a kind of molecular frenzy. Frequently, another view—a hillside, a home, even an animal—will intersect with this flower motion, its dominant melody allowing the unexpected content to function as counterpoint. – Michael Sicinski, TIFF Wavelength 2011