Kumu Art Film Festival 2018
31.10–4.11.2018 at Kumu Auditorium
The Kumu Art Film Festival KuFF takes place for the third year in a row and forms a part of the Kumu Art Museum’s research and exhibition project focussing on the 1990s. Other events in the project besides KuFF are the exhibition X-Files. Registry of the 1990s (02.11.2018 – spring 2019, curators Eha Komissarov and Anders Härm) in the contemporary art gallery of Kumu, and the conference Lost and Found Spaces: Displacements in Eastern European Art and Society in the 1990s (01.–03.11.2018) in the Kumu auditorium.
The 1990s were a tumultuous time, so recent and yet getting more distant each year. Kumu’s 1990s project highlights the paradoxes of the era and reviews the messages and tools that shaped the culture of those days.
One of the aims of KuFF is to examine the borders and possible definitions of the art film, as well as the relations between visual art and cinematography. The programme of the third KuFF focuses on everything new introduced into this relationship by the 1990s.
In dialogue with the exhibition X Files, KuFF will present video art from the 1990s by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian artists.
PXL 2000 film showings
One of our sub-topics this year will be a comparison of Estonian and European film and video art of the 1990s with what was happening in North America at the same time. The KuFF workshop is called PXL 2000, after the Pixelvision camera, which is little known in Europe but achieved iconic status in North America.
The PXL 2000 is a camcorder produced by the Canadian company Fisher Price in the 1990s as a children’s toy. The camera records one-pixel black-and-white footage on magnetic audio tapes. The camcorder was soon discovered by video artists, for whom the simple plastic camera and one-pixel visual became the characteristic features of the experimental films of the decade.
In the first showing, you can see films from Pixelvision pioneers, the feminist authors Sadie Benning and Peggy Ahwesh, the indie film maker Michael Almereyda, who started his career with PXL 2000, and many others.
In the Pixelvision showing on Sunday, we screen the clips completed in the workshop, comparing the aesthetics of the one-pixel camera to the possibilities of modern digital video technology.