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Date(s) - 04/11/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Auditorium Level 6 FOYLES


STRANGE UMBRELLAS 15# presents a special selection of shot films and unique performances at Ray’s Jazz Cafe, Foyles Bookshop London.


– Karen Yasinsky, Audition, Color and Black and White, 4 minutes.
Karen Yasinsky is an artist working primarily with animation and drawing. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY, UCLA Hammer Museum, L.A. and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her animations have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including Museum of Modern Art, NY Film Festival’s Views from the Avant Garde and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies. She is a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome.

Website: http://karenyasinsky.tumblr.com/index

– Thorsten Fleisch, Energie! Black and White, 5 minutes.
Bio: Born in Koblenz, Germany in 1972 he began experimenting with super 8 film while still at highschool where he also exhibited his first film, a super 8 loop. Shortly after his studies at the Städelschule he made ‘Blutrausch / Bloodlust’ which not only got him a lot of attention but also the Ann Arbor Filmcoop Award.His film ‘Energie!’ was screened at more than 150 festivals and received numerous awards. His films have been screened at film festivals worldwide including New York Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Int. Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Art Festival, Melbourne Int. Film Festival and many more. He worked for Gaspar Noé’s film ‘Enter The Void‘ and made visuals for Basement Jaxx‘s live tour in 2009. He has also worked for the TV series ‘Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman‘ on the Science Channel in 2011. For the Samsung Smartfilm Award in 2014 he was the mentor for the experimental film category. Recently he released his first video game ‘Teslapunk’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The game is due to come out for the Nintendo Wii-U in spring/summer 2014. He lives and works in Berlin.

Website: http://fleischfilm.com/

– Karel Doing: Audiovisual Improvisation with ensemble ( Douglas Benford, Steve Beresford, Jack Goldstein et all)
Bio: Karel Doing is an artist and filmmaker who is working across analogue and digital formats, inquiring the medium and its perception. His work includes experimental films, expanded cinema, installations and documentaries. He has screened widely in a variety of venues ranging from established institutions like Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and Cinémathèque Française (Paris) to numerous DIY artist run spaces in Europe, Asia and America. After being based in Arnhem and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) he is currently living and working in London (UK), finalizing his practiced based research project and thesis ‘Ambient Poetics and Critical Posthumanism in Expanded Cinema’ at the London College of Communication.

Website: http://www.doingfilm.nl/

– Pierre Bouvier Patron: A digitised painted super8 film. Untiled 2minutes30, Color.
Bio: Born in Lyon, France, Pierre Bouvier Patron is a visual artist based in London. He is currently working in different media such as digital video and film, exploring the boundaries between them and creating moving image works, performances and installations. He has developed many practices and skills are wide in the arena of experimental film, documentary films, music videos. He studied cinema at the Université Lyon II Lumiere of Lyon. He is currently involved with No.W.Here, a film laboratory based in London, . He has been involved in video screenings and video performances internationally, solo or in collaboration with musicians such as Syd Kemp or the artist Blanca Regina. His work has been shown in Lyon, Kike Keller, Madrid (Spain), at Strange Umbrellas and The Yard (London).

Website: http://pierrebouvierpatron.tumblr.com/about


Mandhira de Saram (violin) & Steve Beresford (piano and electronics) – Live visuals by whiteemotion

Tania Chen (piano and voice) & Blanca Regina ( electronics, voice and visuals)

Jack Goldstein – (piano)

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