Screening & Lecture
July 2, 2022, 4pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Attention Line, Artists Space presents a screening, lecture, and conversation with celebrated Mexican author, teacher, and philosopher Manuel DeLanda. During the mid-to-late 1970s, while still an undergraduate at the School of Visual Arts, DeLanda produced an audacious body of short Super 8mm and 16mm films that defy rational description. He made these formally daring, ferocious films during a period where he was waging a graffiti turf war for 23rd Street, which is where he spray painted philosophical statements and defaced billboard ads. DeLanda stopped making films in 1983 to pursue computer programming and other endeavors. He has written and edited more than ten books on science, perception, assemblage theory, and other topics that, in many ways, tie back to the interests first explored in his early films. By the late 1980s, DeLanda’s movies fell completely out of circulation but were restored by Anthology Film Archives in the mid-2000s. Thankfully, DeLanda rediscovered moving image making in 2012 with his first digital work Molecular Populations, and has gone on to make many more videos that rather amazingly pick up where he left off.
For the event, Artists Space will screen three early works by DeLanda on 16mm, including The Itch Scratch Itch Cycle (1977), Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Obvious Mismatches (1978), and Judgment Day (1983). Rarely screened, these films have a punk energy and sophistication that is unparalleled in the history of underground cinema. DeLanda will give a talk after the screening followed by a conversation with Andrew Lampert.
All the films in this series were preserved by Anthology Film Archives. The Itch Scratch Itch Cycle and Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Obvious Mismatches were restored with support of the National Film Preservation.
A very special thanks to John Klacsmann at Anthology Film Archives for making this screening possible.