1 Micro/Macro: The World Inside/Out: The Cinema Museum, London SE11 7.45pm
Here is the introduction to the latest innovative programming from the Cinema Museum: This is a stunning selection of films and video art on the exploration of the unknown at both a microscopic and macroscopic level. Following up NASA’s Curiosity landing on Mars in early August, this programme of moving image will bring you into the inner world of science and the vastness of outer space. Covering a period over 100 years, it traces a fascinating path from early microcinematography to Soviet footage of solar storms by Artavazd Peleshian, and his rarely seen Our Century. Footage and works showing the magnitude of the ‘Micro’ and the ‘Macro’ are here opposed, claiming that distance and closeness are one and the same, and that their contrast becomes a symbol of awestruck wonder.
Here is the full programme:
Hidden Beauties of Nature: Pond Life (E.J. Spitta, 1908, 7 mins) Digibeta transferred to DVD
Secrets of Nature – Magic Myxies (F. Percy Smith, Mary Field, 1931, 11 mins) Digibeta transferred to DVD
Powers of Ten (Charles and Ray Eames, 1968, 9 mins) DVD
Metazoa (Lane Hall, Lisa Moline, 2008, 3 mins) NTSC QuickTime
I ♥ Neutrinos: You Can’t See Them but They are Everywhere (Jennifer West, 2011, 37 secs) Roll of Specialised Film for Scientific Use transferred to Hi-Definition video
Our Century (1982, 47 mins) 35mm
Extract from Our Century here.
2 Duke Mitchell Film Club 16mm night: King's Cross Social Club, 7pm
This is also screening as part of the Scala Beyond season, a six-week season celebrating all forms of cinema exhibition across the UK, from film clubs to film festivals, picture palaces to pop-up venues. You can find more details here at the website.
Here is the introduction to tonight's happenings from the Duke Mitchell Facebook page: Here at The Duke HQ we have had a dream for a while: to spend an entire evening in the company of reels of film, shown from an old-school projector, transforming our little space into a true cinema. And now that dream can come true.
For the past year or so The Duke has been feverishly collecting reels of 16MM film: from all over the world, containing anything and everything you can imagine – and now the time has come for us to unleash upon you our best curated bits!
In true Duke fashion we’re reluctant to reveal the actual details of the programme: suffice it to say there’ll be no feature - instead we’ll have reels and reels of 16MM goodness: shorts, trailers, adverts, promotional videos, sex, violence, pub etiquette– and there’s even a rumour that a childhood friend may come visiting from deepest, darkest Peru.