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SX-70 (1972) by Charles and Ray Eames
SX-70 (1972) by Charles and Ray Eames

Cinema Sunset presents: selected films from 1952-1972 by Charles and Ray Eames with an introduction by Esmé Valk.

Part I
House, After Five Years of Living (1955)
Parade: or Here They Come Down Our Street (1952)
S-73 (Sofa Compact) (1954)
Solar Do-Nothing Machine (1957)
Day of the Dead (1957)

Part II
Tops (1969)
Aquarium (National Fisheries Center and Aquarium) (1967)
Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair (1960)
SX-70 (1972)
The Expanding Airport (1958)

Runtime total program: 93 mins

Besides their major contributions to modern architecture and furniture, the American designer couple Charles and Ray Eames also worked in the fields of fine art, graphic design and film. From the 1950’s to the 1970’s the Eameses created over eighty-five short films, often featuring their own designs and explanations of advanced mathematical and scientific concepts. The couple approached filmmaking much as they approached their design work by putting the same depth of research, insistence on quality and attention to detail into it. They applied a self-developed and an incredibly time-consuming way of printing to their films, which gave them a unique color quality.

Their most well known film The Powers of Ten used as an educational film in schools gives a dramatic demonstration of orders of magnitude by zooming out of the earth. This film is not part of the screening, but can be seen here

House, After Five Years of Living was made as an exercise in looking at and experiencing the architecture of their own ‘Eames house’ through the medium of film. Just like House the short film Day of Dead uses still images in a filmic way to create an intense experience, in this case the day-of-the-dead celebrations in Mexico. In Tops, the Eameses show their skill of turning an observing way of looking into a visual spectacle. Tops and many others of the their films feature Elmer Bernstein’s music that turns the movies into “visual tone poems”.

For the May Cinema Sunset, artist and ADA member Esmé Valk selected a special program of the Eameses’ films. Valks interest in their work lays in the tactile quality with which they portray materials and how their films defy categorization. In her own work Esmé Valk has been researching social choreography as a medium to study movement through a multitude of media.

Please note: Due to the increasing light conditions we start half an hour later to the usual 19:30.

Practical Information:
Thursday 20 May 2010 | 20:00
ADA project space, Bree 93B, Rotterdam
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tel: 06-23980265

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