Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:30pm
Casting

Presented by Marysia Lewandowska and Maria Lind

Casting is a manufacturing process where a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowed to solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process.

Casting in the context of film is inextricably linked to the manufacturing of desire.

But the metaphors of acting, molding, and breaking out of the mold take on a different meaning when confronted with political circumstances in which the films were produced. Marysia Lewandowska and Maria Lind engage in a public conversation accompanied by an archival selection of films--all made in Poland between 1965 and 1980 by artists, amateur filmmakers and TV companies--concerned with casting women into different social roles.

Ewa i maz (Eve and Her Husband), K. and J. Czoska, 16mm, 1968/69, 7 mins
A wicked satire on gender stereotyping. Eve whiles her life away in endless pleasure as Adam (?) the robot/husband attends to her every need. And even in bed, Eve prefers a soft toy to the dull company of a robot/husband.

Wizyta Tierieszkowej w naszym miescie (A vist from Tereshkova to Our Town), multiple authors, 8mm, 1968, 7 mins
An astonishing documentary of the first woman cosmonaut in space Valentina Tereshkova visiting small-town Bielsko Biala. A real celebrity with visible charm, Tereshkova arrives by motorcade through a jostling press, greets fawning dignitaries and a vast, adoring crowd. An unofficial and tender portrait of local history in the making.

Konkurs na spikerke (Casting for a Newsreader), 1972, 2 mins
Several young women auditioning for a newsreader position at a local TV station. Each responds to different demands imposed by a panel of producers. Their responses range from reading the news of the day concerning a Russian delegation's trip to Paris to personal impressions of walking a dog.

Symbioza (Symbiosis), T. Junak, 16mm, 1969, 10 mins
This documentary reveals an interdependence between women and machine in a textile factory. Ancient imagery is edited to a musical rhythm; intense concentration enables arms, fingers, feet and machinery to weave fabric and film together.

Gwiazda byç (A Star Is Born), H. Urbanczyk and B. Bialek, 16mm, ca. 1970s, 9 mins
Young smiling women, scantily dressed, dance endlessly. Our gaze fuses with that of a gaggle
of men sitting in cinema seats. We’re witnessing an audition for a feature film, and through looking, become part of the process itself.

Ziemia (Earth), Z Zinczuk, 16mm, 1976, 3 mins
An experimental homage to agricultural labour. An old woman plants seedlings, and as the camera pulls back from her task she shrinks to the size of an ant compared to the enormity of the field before her.

Anatomia (Anatomy), T. Wudzki, 16mm, 1974, 3 mins
Anatomia is an erotic poem. Shot in extreme close-up, and accompanied by a heightened sound track; flesh, smoke, paint and pencil take on an extraordinary materiality.

A czy my to jacy tacy… (Are We Cool or What...?), E. Kral, 16mm, 1974/75, 9 mins
The imagined and depicted seduction of women is wittily punctured through a critique of advertising, media glamour and branding.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish born artist living in London, currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY.

Maria Lind is a curator and writer, currently Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY.

Tickets - $7, available at door.