History, Memory, Texture Artists’ Films on 16mm
This four-night screening series showcases a number of artists who work primarily on 16mm. These meticulously constructed 16mm films reflect on the density of time and history as they fade into abstract, sometimes difficult to recover memories. Reflecting what Jeffrey Skoller has called the postmodern avant-garde’s tendency toward evocation rather than representation, these films and these artists reflect on worlds that are ephemerally slipping beneath our grasp.
All films will be screened on 16MM
• Daniel Eisenberg, Persistence, 1997, 86 minutes
“Eisenberg, the child of Holocaust survivors, returns to Germany and Poland to make sense of a history (at once personal and public) and its manifestation in both the present and the past. His return to Europe, and especially the sites of his ancestry and their aniihilation is by no means unique. However, Eisenberg does it three times: 1981, 1987, 1997. The resulting films thus produce their own historical trajectory and their own contribution to history.
For part of Eisenberg’s filmic strategy in Persistence was to create of establish filmic documents of the present day which might by used by someone in the future. In other words, just as Eisenberg himself has relied heavily on found footage, there is a self-conscious awareness on his part of producing found objects/footage for future use.” –Nora Alter
Daniel Eisenberg prints provided by Oberlin art library; all other prints provided by Canyon Cinema
This event is presented with support by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art.