LADA Screens – Liz Rosenfeld

Proliferations – Part I
Liz Rosenfeld
23 minutes
Online from 13 July – 31 August

 

This month's LADA Screens features Proliferations – Part I by filmmaker and performer Liz Rosenfeld.

The film will be shown at the LADA Screens launch event, alongside a selection of other works by Liz and films from LUX’s archive which explore women cruising, bodies and desire. These include Dyketactics by Barbara Hammer (1974), Liz’s remake of this film (Untitled) Dyketactics Revisited (2005) and Gentlemen by David Farringdon (1998). 

The screenings will be followed by a discussion between Liz Rosenfeld and curator/reserarcher Phoebe Patey-Ferguson who runs the Gut Reactions series at LADA.  

Liz Rosenfeld is a Berin based filmmaker and performer is the current artist in residence for the Goethe Institute LUX Residency 2017. This event is produced in collaboration with LUX.

About Proliferations- Part I

Filmmaker and performer Liz Rosenfeld has developed this new project in the wake of her first feature film FOXES, and in collaboration with the sonic duo HacklanderHata. For this project they have built off their research into the unwanted & censored culture of the early 20th Century Russian avant-garde.

This new film pines towards a future vision that surpasses generally accepted structural limitations of the human condition. The piece moves beyond the capabilities of human perceptive apparatuses, the ego, dimensions of time and space, notions of gender, sexuality, and other societal norms.

Dyketactics, Barbara Hammer, 4min, 1974

A popular lesbian ‘commercial,’ 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of ‘kinaesthetic’ editing. “The images are varied and very quickly presented in the early part of the film, introducing the characters, if you will. The second half of the film slows down measurably and all of a sudden I found myself holding my breath as I watched the images of lovemaking sensually and artistically captured.” – Elizabeth Lay, Plexus.

(Untitled) Dyketactics Revisted, Liz Rosenfeld, 7min, 2005

Bodies move freely through an ambiguous urban “utopia”…or do they? Shot on 16mm film and digital video, allow yourself to be led through the space where bodies exist independent of social codes. Dreamy landscapes, androgynous figures, skin, and concrete, masquerade through a fantasia of fluid forms referencing history while looking into the future. Inspired by Barbara Hammer's film Dyketactics made in 1974.

Gentlemen, David Farringdon, 15 min, 1988

I have tried to give a truthful picture of a taboo subject in an unbiased way, which I hope gives some reason to an occupation perceived by many as unreasonable – the gay sex/desire/frustrations in toilets. D.F.

Biography

Liz Rosenfeld is currently The Goethe Institute artist in Residence at The Lux. During her residency, Liz will continue her creative body of research that she has been working on for the last year and half regarding the themes and characters in her first feature film, a futuristic queer speculative fiction work, FOXES. During her time at LUX, Liz will conduct creative research regarding questions dealing with queer dystopia, a positive embrace of apocalypse, invisible genocide, and drawing parallels between the way information was publicly disseminated in the early days of the AIDS/ HIV crisis, and the current state of climate change and environmental destruction. Check The Lux website for a series of events related to Liz's work at The Lux. Liz is a Berlin based artist utilizing disciplines of film, video and live performance, to convey a sense of past and future histories. Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through the moment and the ways in which it is lived and remembered. She explores how we identify ourselves with in/out community and social poly-relationship configurations. She is part of the Berlin moving image collective, nowMomentnow.

Liz is a Berlin based artist utilizing disciplines of film, video and live performance to convey a sense of past and future histories. Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through the moment and the ways in which it is lived and remembered. She explores how we identify ourselves with in/out community and social poly-relationship configurations. Rosenfeld is part of the queer/feminist Berlin based moving image production collective NowMomentNow, and is also one of the founding members of the food-performance group foodGASM, a satellite project of nowMomentnow, which explores the intersection of creative labor, food and industry. Since her move to Berlin in 2008, Rosenfeld continues to work as a performer, artistic collaborator, and film/video director. She has received several grants from the city of Berlin in support of her performance and film work. She is currently working with the Berlin-based production company AMARID BIRD Films on her new film works. Her film work is represented and distributed by Video Data Bank.

Banner image credit:

Liz Rosenfeld – Glimpse of Manipulated Still (White Sands, New Mexico)

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