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An evening of images and music, on fog and smoke machines 

Line Describing A Cone (Anthony McCall, 1973) 
Home is The Sea - Up in Smoke (Manuel Padding, 2012, live!) 
Island Monologue (Charlemagne Palestine, 1976)

Line Describing a Cone (ANTHONY McCALL, USA, 1973, 30', 16 mm) is a key work in the field of expanded cinema, which aims to go beyond the usual procedures of a film screening. A "solid light film", as McCall calls it, it offers a poetic experience that is as powerful as it is simple, transposing the magic of the cinema from the surface of the screen to the body of the projection room, inviting viewers to move in space (and fog) and to "touch" the cone of light. The result, according to P. Adams Sitney, is "the most brilliant case of an observation on the essentially sculptural quality of every cinematic situation".

In Home is The Sea - Up in Smoke, MANUEL PADDING, a multimedia musician and artist based in The Hague, presents an audio-visual performance for tape (audio and video), video projectors, and fog machines: an immersive, almost existential experience. No up, no down, no sideways, just what is around us. The fog as space-time continuum where we exist and experience a complete life in a single moment.

In Island Monologue (USA, 1976, 15', video), CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE tries desperately to escape from the thick fog that envelops the island of St-Pierre, off Canada. This unusual physical situation functions as a metaphor for psychological confinement. The film is not devoid of humour, with the fuzzy quality of the black and white video further reinforcing the density of the fog. Projection in the presence of the artist.

Anthony McCall
Manuel Padding
Charlemagne Palestine