THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART TEL AVIV
OFF Series: The Films of Bruce Conner
June 23 & 26, 2013
The Center for Contemporary Art is proud to present the third season of the OFF Series, evenings of classic 16 mm experimental cinema and video art from the 1980s until today. OFF 3, curated by Chen Sheinberg, will be held monthly starting in February 2013 and will include six programs of work by Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Conner, Marie Menken, and a tribute to Susan Sontag.
“Notes on ‘Camp’” is the title of Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking seminal 1964 essay. The essay created a sensation of sorts by introducing the concept of Camp and its plethora of cultural connotations to mainstream audiences. Sontag defines “camp” as a modern phenomenon and sensitivity epitomized by its “love of the unnatural, of artifice and exaggeration” and of the stylized. The “camp,” she contends, is esoteric – a sort of “private code, a badge of identity […], among small urban cliques.” According to Sontag, “Camp art is often decorative art, emphasizing texture, sensuous surface and style at the expense of content.” Camp films are self-conscious, extravagant, ironic, iconoclastically anti-bourgeois and amoral celebrations of bad taste. The evening program will include three Camp-related avant-garde films from the 1950s and 1960s that are infused with “camp” spirit.
OFF Series – Part III
Andy Warhol – Screen Tests
The Films of Joseph Cornell
Jonas Mekas’s films
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? – Films of Marie Menken & Willard Maas
The Films of Bruce Conner
Notes on Camp – Homage to Susan Sontag
Tel Aviv Cinematheque