Event The Rare Event

The Rare Event

QFF Screening

28 July 2018

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Queensland Film Festival and the IMA present The Rare Event, a screening of three films that explore the relationship between art and knowledge, theory and lived experience. The films take a subversive, magical, surreal approach to dissecting our understanding of the world. The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion exploring how films and contemporary art draw on the concept of magic in its execution and staging. Panelists include curator Ellie Buttrose, artist Chantal Fraser, and curator Amy-Clare McCarthy.


Kenneth Anger Invocation of My Demon Brother 1969 | 12 minutes
Assembled by Kenneth Anger from scraps of his film Lucifer Rising, this short presents strobing scenes of occult ritualism with a soundtrack by Mick Jagger. Courtesy NFSA.

Ben Rivers and Ben Russell The Rare Event 2018 | 48 minutes
On the surface, The Rare Event is a documentary of a three-day forum, featuring an impressive cast: Albert Serra, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Étienne Balibar, Timothy Morton, and Jean-Luc Nancy, among others. However, Rivers and Russell have produced a structural analysis of a philosophical discussion in-the-round, with surreal elements, like a wandering ‘green man’, immersive sound, and digital imaging. Courtesy Lux

James Benning L. Cohen 2018 | 48 minutes
‘The banal and the breathtaking coexist.’—Erika Balsom. A single take of Oregon farmland captures a solar eclipse, with darkness engulfing the landscape. Relentlessly static imagery is accompanied by the drone of unseen planes. Then the scene is bathed shadow as animals begin to howl.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.