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JEAN PAINLEVÉ: SILVER, PHOTONS AND LIQUID CRYSTALS
25th April 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:30
JEAN PAINLEVÉ: SILVER, PHOTONS AND LIQUID CRYSTALS screens at Tate Modern (25 APR 18:30):
Explore the captivating short films of Jean Painlevé, whose documentary work has inspired artists from Pablo Picasso, Philippe Parreno to Joan Jonas. Best known for his 1934 film THE SEAHORSE and other portraits of marine creatures, Painlevé used the microscope and modern optics to reveal the natural world in intricate detail, be it animal, vegetable or mineral. This screening presents a selection of Painlevé’s rarely seen abstract films on liquid crystals, photons, diatoms and silver nitrate. The programme includes five short films made between the early 1930s and the late 1970s, three of which have not been screened since Painlevé’s lifetime.
“There would have been no New Wave without Jean Painlevé and his unsinkable camera.” Jean-Luc Godard
- Electrolysis of Silver Nitrate [Electrolyse du nitrate d’argent] 1932, 35mm transferred to digital video, black and white, silent, 3 min
- Diatoms [Diatomées] 1968, 16mm, colour, sound, 17 min, French with English subtitles
- Liquid Crystals [Cristaux Liquides] 1972, 16mm film transferred to digital video, colour, silent, 10 min extract of 40 min, French with English subtitles
- Photons [Les Photons] 1974, 16mm transferred to digital video, colour, silent, 10 min extract of 18 min
- Phase transition in Liquid Crystals [Transition de Phase dans les Cristaux Liquides] 1978, 16mm transferred to digital video, colour, sound, 7 mins
The screening is followed by a discussion with Marie Jager, Director at the Archives Jean Painlevé in Paris.