Lights down For a show in the dark Vantage point the back row Where the screen fills your eyes
Watch her before you now Her gaze thrown far and wide See the picture begin to move Bold magic of cinema Before your unquenched eyes She raises her hands And shapes a world
She fashions a world And runs through it Peoples it with towering thoughts Covers it with high-standing dreams Places to run free and grow wild Up on the screen Flickering bravely in the dark
Now your gaze seeks her Catches her only here and there A soul playing coquette Revealing itself in fleeting moments
Watch her from the edge of your seat She is running in fields Her hair trailing electric sparks Her face thrown back Arms outstretched to two horizons Laughter darts across her lips Leaves around her fall Pages of unwritten memories Following their wilful aimless path She runs through them You watch from the edge of your seat
Her laughter trails distant But the picture remains Moved only to the next screen
– Kenton Turk
One year onward Never forgotten, our dear Claudia 12.01.1960 – 26.06.2016 Team DL
Directors Lounge Screening Urban Research Special Topophilia – Landscapes and Harbours | Claudia Guilino
Thursday, 30 June 2016 21:00 Z-Bar Bergstraße 2 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Two shorts and one feature about the interference of the technical world of shipping and oil with landscapes and the city. Twice the Port of Los Angeles is the starting point for visual exploration. One goes up north along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the other examines the harbor at night. The harbor of Veracruz on the other hand is the place for a histographical reconsideration of the Mexican harbor from a very personal point of view.
Topophilia by Peter Bo Rappmund surveys the 800-mile length of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and travels alongside the conduit as it bobs above and underground from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields to its terminus at Valdez. The extreme linearity and continuity of the pipeline acts as a pivot point to reorganize the landscape and offers new and idiosyncratic ways to visually reconsider topography. The film confronts the extreme beauty of the North-American landscape with the seemingly safe infrastructure of oil transport.
Veracruz Without Ship by Teresa Delgado & Jakob Kirchheim. A documentary melodrama with privatizations and without lovers. A poetic walk through Veracruz, port of European exiles and Mexican oil, of melodrama and of the rhythm danzón. // Since 1938 Lázaro Cárdenas government offered political asylum to thousands of Spanish republicans who were fleeing war and persecution. They arrived to the port of Veracruz, unreachable paradise for the defeated who could not leave Spain. We revisit this myth of the grandparents and confront it with the present in 2014. In this year the PRI government is opening the doors to private investment of multinationals in a natural resource which Mexicans consider their own: oil. Oil plays an important role in the Gulf of Mexico and Mexican oil was nationalized by Cárdenas government in 1938.
Port Noir by Laura Kraning. Within the machine landscape of Terminal Island, the textural strata of a 100 year old boat shop provides a glimpse into Los Angeles Harbor’s disappearing past. Often recast as a backdrop for fictional crime dramas, the scenic details of the last boatyard evoke imaginary departures and a hidden world at sea.
Program addition: We are deeply mourning the loss of our close friend Claudia Guilino and will show two videos by her
Stony Sleep 6 min 24s 2011 Abgesang, kupferfarben 3 min 52s 2009
Claudia Guilino was part of the Directors Lounge family from the early days, supporting our project with love and enthusiasm. Claudia passed away on June 26. She will be deeply missed.