Directors Lounge Screening
Txema Novelo
Double Feature

Thursday, 22 February 2018
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Double Feature
*Déjalo Ser*
+ *Tercer Ojo, Tercer Mente, Tercer Mundo*

Txema Novelo from Mexico City is joining us for a Berlinale special to present a double feature of his new film „Déjalo Ser“ together with compilation of music videos that he created for alternative rock musicians in Mexico. Since Novelo started creating super-8 films for a punk music label he has managed in Mexico City. In the following years, he expanded his creative production in an exponential curve, with making his own films, with exhibitions of drawings and installations.
Novelo’s production at the same time stays faithful to his own spirit, and you could truthfully say, spiritual search for life, art, music and an alternative way to look at the world, which at the same time is mixed with irony and a good portion of humor.

“Déjalo Ser” is the story of a Rock Mexican band, who’s lead singer is suffering from a lack of inspiration. After a mysterious meeting with a foreign singer, the band embarks with her on a journey to Oaxaca in search of a mysterious psychoactive medicine. A trip inspired by Antonin Artaud exile into Mexico, a search for a primitive, deeper and purer reality.

Shot on Super 8mm with sync dialogues, this guerrilla style road movie, plays homage to George Kuchar’s films and transgression cinema in a unique Mexican way. Produced by LE FRESNOY under the tutelage of invited artist and film legend Bela Tarr, ‘Let it be’ has accomplished in the first six months of its completion a special mention at the Morelia International Film Festival, and a selection for international competition at Clermont Ferrand 2018 in France.

“Tercer Ojo, Tercer Mente, Tercer Mundo” (Spanish for: Third Eye, Third Mind, Third Word) is a selection of recent videos for musician, Novelo has supported for many years. They are shot in different formats of super-8, 16mm, 35mm film and digital video and in one way or the other make reference to avant-garde films. The films, and the music, are inspired by a desire for life and identity in a world of media domination, capital and crime, without ever taking things too seriously. They are full of iconographical quotes to rock and pop of the era that rock music still had a promise, and if it was the three minute fame promoted by Velvet Underground (or Andy Warhol), or when music was “my religion”. On the other hand, to the German audience and between the lines, they also show, a great deal of Mexican life and urban culture from the perspective of contemporary youth. Their relation to nature and Mexican popular culture, and the reality of urban live become the backdraft for audiovisual imaginations.

Artist Link:
http://www.txemanovelo.com/
https://issuu.com/txemanovelo

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Directors Lounge Screening:

Txema Novelo
Visions from Mexican Underground

Thursday, 27 June 2013
21:00
Z-Bar
Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Txema, artist from Mexico who just finished his Emare Residency in Bourges will present his newest video „Still Movie“, and a selection of his works related to Vale Vergas Discos, his music label involved with Mexican underground music.

Txema usually works with 16mm or super-8 and each of his films is related to a music piece starring the musicians. However, unlike commisioned „music videos“, these films show the artist’s visions for the tunes, the videos taking up a life and a story for themselves, and mixing urban life, images of nature and mythology. „Still Movie“ will be presented for the first time in Germany, as work-in-progress with 4 of 5 planned chapters of tribute to Walter Schmidt a largely influential first generation Mexican punk musician. Txema Novelo: ‘I share the same church as Dan Graham: „Rock’n Roll is my religion“’

The artist will be available for Q&A.

Artist Links:
http://www.valevergasdiscos.com/

http://yau.com.mx/artists/txema-novelo

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