Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015.
Tonight’s films include:
Black White and Gray (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1930, 5.5 min) László Moholy-Nagy, one of the leading figures in the Bauhaus, made this short film based on the shadow patterns of his Light-Space Modulator, an early kinetic sculpture consisting of a variety of curved objects in a carefully choreographed cycle of movements. Created in 1930, the film was originally planned as the sixth and final part of a much longer work depicting the new space-time. (Description courtesy of SFMoma)
Inland Steel Company “Monostress” (Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, 1960s) Sponsored film made by Goldsholl Associates for the Inland Steel Company. The film illustrates the advances in the company’s newly designed standard steel shipping drum, or “Inland Monostress Drum.” The industrial design of the drum came about through a 1959 collaboration between the Chicago-based Inland Steel Company and European-based Van Leer Company.
Licht Spiel Nur I (Robert Stiegler, c. 1967, 3 min) “Abstracted footage shot with a camera, each frame time-exposed to create different light qualities. Cutting was based on a musical form much like a Bach fugue. The film contains both real and synthesized color.”- Robert Stiegler
Chicago & North Western Railway Co. “Great Train Robbery” (Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, 1960s, 13.5 min) A sponsored film made by the Goldsholl Associates for the Chicago & North Western Railway Company. Through a mix of live-action and animation, this PSA attempts to persuade viewers of the negative effects of a potential merger among Union Pacific, Southern Pacific & Rock Island Railroad.
Rhythm (Len Lye, 1957, 2 min) Intended as a publicity film for Chrysler, Rhythm uses rapid editing to speed up the assembly of a car. The sponsor was horrified by the results and suspicious of the way a worker was shown winking at the camera; although Rhythm won first prize at a New York advertising festival, it was disqualified because Chrysler had never given it a television screening.
Traffic (Robert Stiegler, c. 1960, 7.5 min) “An investigation of what a motion picture camera can do in the hands of a good driver” – Robert Stiegler