Our guest bloggers today are Ben Dorsen ("B") and Dori Thayer ("D"). Ben is going to be a senior at Indiana University where he is majoring in journalism. Dori is a recent graduate from DePauw Univeristy where she studied art history.
The Indianapolis International Film Festival has teamed up with the IMA to bring you films from around the globe this summer. The festival shows films across varying degrees of filmmakers from award winners to emerging talent. Kicking off today, July 14, the festival will screen over 100 films in ten days.
Commonalities in themes, motifs, and subjects regularly cross genres of artistic expression, including art and film. From this thought, we compared a few of IMA works with the films being shown at this year’s festival. Feel free to enjoy the films and pursue the galleries (and 100 Acres) to see which medium conveys a preferred representation of the theme, imagery, or subject addressed.
We have provided a brief description of our thought processes and the connections between the two. Which do you prefer: On the Screen or In the Gallery? Vote below and enjoy the week of films!
GREEN WAVE vs. THE QUINTET OF THE SILENT (Bill Viola, 2001)
D: The Quintet of the Silent shows a diverse array of emotions through a slow motion video that stretches a single minute into fifteen by Bill Viola, an artist who was the pioneer of video art. A singular emotion is found in this charged and dynamic animated movie poster for Green Wave, an Iranian film that shows how technology can change and shape a society. The emotive qualities of both film stills relay different effects but draw us to empathize with these characters.
APOCOLYPSE vs. EDEN II (Tea Mäkipää, 2010)
D: This film is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and Mäkipää’s sculpture is a vessel for harboring those who have survived an environmental disaster or the results of extreme climate change. The dichotomy between these two works shows survivors stories amidst apocalyptic destruction. For the full effect, visit the vessel and guard house in 100 Acres.
THE PERFECT HOST vs. STILL LIFE WITH A CHINESE PORCELAIN JAR (Willem Kalf, 1669)
B: The Perfect Host is a psychological thriller centered around the somewhat accidental meeting of two strangers and the chaos that follows. The home and domestic life (or some twisted version thereof) seems to be the focal point of the film’s drama. Thus I selected Still Life with a Chinese Porcelain Jar as it is a seemingly tranquil domestic scene that, upon closer look, is actually quite dark and eerie in its austerity.
SCREAMING MAN vs. BATTLE BETWEEN CARNIVAL AND LENT (Jan Miense Molenaer, 1633-1634)
B: The highly anticipated and celebrated A Screaming Man seems to be quite biblical, both thematically (Isaac and Abraham are mentioned in the film’s description) and in its depiction of conflict and choices. Set in Chad, it would have been the obvious choice to go for a work of African art. However, I find the Battle Between Carnival and Lent to be thematically appropriate as it is intentionally chaotic in its representation of Biblical conflict and confrontation.