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November 12th to 14th, 2017 James N. Kienitz Wilkins : Vessels / Containers

James N. Kienitz Wilkins: Vessels / Containers

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VISIONS presents a retrospective of works by dynamic filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins. Something of a modern-day, digital anthropologist, Wilkins uses cinema to unearth the artefacts of our contemporary world. From the strangest of places, such as franchise contracts, town hall transcripts, FAQ pages, PDFs and the various flotsam and jetsam of technological evolution, Wilkins channels the terms and conditions of our contemporary lives in beguiling and touching ways. With a healthy appreciation for the absurd, Wilkins variously employs uncanny performances and unexpected archival material to take a creative and very frank look at what it means to participate in the modern world – as an artist, as a citizen, as a filmmaker, as a film viewer. Eschewing current trends, each of Wilkins’ films is a different vessel, exhibiting its own distinct style and structure to shape and be shaped by particular acts of discovery and creation. VISIONS is proud to present a programme of new works that reveal to us the world of devices, platforms and vectors that we hold in our hands but also within which we find ourselves contained. (Benjamin Taylor)

PROGRAMME 1 : Common Carrier
Common Carrier | United States | 2017 | 78 min | English, English subtitles

PROGRAMME 2 : The Andre Trilogy
Special Features | United States | 2014 | 12 min | English
TESTER | United States | 2015 | 30 min | English
B-ROLL with Andre | United States | 2015 | 19 min | English, English subtitles

PROGRAMME 3 : Public Hearing
Public Hearing | United States | 2012 | 110 min | English

PROGRAMME 4 : Terms & Conditions
Indefinite Pitch | United States | 2016 | 23 min | English, French subtitles
Mediums | United States | 2017 | 38 min | English

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