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“I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers


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“I am not a filmmaker. For me, film is the extension of language. I begin with poetry, then visual art, and finally cinema which brings together several different elements of art … the difficult thing of course, is the harmony between these elements.” —Marcel Broodthaers

Poet-turned-visual artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) employed film throughout his career, producing documentaries, animation, and fictional shorts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Broodthaers incorporated film into gallery installations and performances, and occasionally presented avant-garde works in commercial movie theaters.

Today, the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is home to more than 22 titles by the artist, many of which are extremely rare. Drawing on poetry, cinema, and the visual arts, “I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers presents a multidisciplinary investigation of Broodthaers’s filmic practice and his conceptual legacy within contemporary art.

This program is part of the Walker’s annual academic partnership with the University of Minnesota’s department of French and Italian, the graduate minor in moving image studies, the department of cultural studies and comparative literature, and the department of art.

All screenings and programs are free and open to the public.

Mediatheque Playlist: Body Humor

February–March 2017
From silent film to performance art, Body Humor is a collection of shorts that explores physical comedy. Presented in conjunction with the program “I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers, this playlist will be available to select and view during the months of February and March.

Discover the history of cinema in the Walker’s newly remodeled self-select cinema. The Bentson Mediatheque is a place to make new discoveries in moving image and get reacquainted with old favorites. Choose from more than 200 titles from the Ruben/Benston Moving Image Collection, or select one of our specially curated playlists accessible via touchscreen controls. Unique to the Walker, the Bentson Mediatheque offers a one-of-a-kind cinema experience.

Funding

Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generourly provided by the Bentson Foundation.