Matters of Being #1 – Ordinary Sounds
May 6, 2020
iii workspace, The Hague
Doors open: 19:30
Screening: 20:00 – 21:45
Entrance: Sliding scale €5-€10
Matters of Being is a screening series at iii curated by Nele Brökelmann and presenting documentary films about artists, thinkers, scientists, as well as experimental films by artists and independent filmmakers. Matters of Being wants to allow our minds to wander and stumble upon new associations in the illuminating darkness of the cinema setting.
No ideas but in things (2012) is a documentary about the American composer Alvin Lucier by Viola Rusche and Hauke Harder. Lucier is famous for his work I Am Sitting in a Room (1969), which is introduced as a central structuring device in the film. The two filmmakers are aiming to portrait the composer through his methods and works, accompanying him on concert travels to The Hague and Zug in Switzerland.
Concentrating on sound itself, Lucier’s works reveal its acoustical and physical properties. During his process of composing he eliminates all unnecessary aspects in order to make the phenomenon itself as clear as possible. To find another equivalent to Lucier’s composing, the documentary keeps a slow pace.
“No Ideas but in Things” is one of Alvin Lucier’s favorite quotes by the American poet William Carlos Williams. The poet had a similar working method as Lucier, writing about his immediate surroundings, and thereby amplifying what is already present. To introduce the evening we will screen a part of Williams’ lengthy poem Paterson.