This program features short films about particular processes—sourcing ceramics, quarrying marble, and making books. Before each film, Walters conservators will make 10-minute presentations on objects from the collection that relate to the corresponding film’s content. Featuring Gene Mahon Makes Books (2013), Il Capo (2010), Rare Earthenware (2015) and Idem Paris (2013). All films are unrated.
Presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Festival. Maryland Film Festival members receive free tickets; please contact 410-752-8083, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the member code.
Rare Earthenware (2015)
by Unknown Fields
Film and Photography in collaboration with Toby Smith
Unknown Fields have used toxic mud from a lake in China to craft a set of three ceramic vessels. Each is sized in relation to the amount of waste created in the production of three items of technology – a smartphone, a featherweight laptop and the cell of a smart car battery. The project follows a well-concealed journey taking place across global supply chains. It retraces rare earth elements, which are widely used in high-end electronics and green technologies, to their origins. The film developed by Unknown Fields in collaboration with Toby Smith documents the voyage of these objects in reverse, from container ships and ports, wholesalers and factories, back to the banks of a barely-liquid radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia, pumped with tailings from the rare earth refining process.
Il Capo (2010)
by Yuri Ancarani
Monte Bettogli, Carrara: in the marble quarries men and machines dig the mountain. IL CAPO (THE CHIEF) manages, coordinates and guides quarrymen and heavy duty machines using a language consisting solely of gestures and signs. Conducting his dangerous and sublime orchestra against the backdrop of the sheer slopes and peaks of the Apuane Alps, the Chief works in total noise, which creates a paradoxical silence.
Idem Paris (2013)
by David Lynch
Filmed at the eponymous Idem Paris, a fine art printing studio in Paris, France, and "virtually wordless", this short film documents the lithographic process. Edited by Noriko Miyakawa and mixed by Dean Hurley.