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Introduction by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), NTU
Vampir-Cuadecuc is arguably one of the key films for understanding the transition in the Spanish film world from the period of the “new cinemas” (permitted by the Franco government) towards the illegal, clandestine, or openly antagonistic practices against the Franco regime. The film consists of shooting the filming of a commercial film El Conde Drácula by Jesús Franco. Portabella practices two types of violence on the standard narrative: he totally eliminates colour and substitutes the soundtrack with a landscape of image-sound collisions by Carles Santos. Filmed provocatively in 16mm and with sound negative, the tensions between black and white favour the strange “fantasmatic materialism” of this revealing analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema, which at the same time constitutes a radical intervention in the Spanish cinematographic institution.
This Screening is part of the public programme of Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History.
Pere Portabella (Spain) maintained since 1960s a political commitment with the movement against the Franco dictatorship. He was elected Senator in the first democratic elections (1977) and participated in the writing of the present day Spanish Constitution. Honoured with the Creu de Sant Jordi (1999), the highest recognition possible from the Generalitat de Catalunya, the award-winning filmmaker has been an irreplaceable figure in the Spanish film world for the last 50 years. His acclaimed work has been shown worldwide in major exhibitions and retrospectives, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003); and Documenta 11 (2002). Portabella will be invested Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, and was prior Associate Professor (2005-2012) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, where she served as the Founding Director of the MIT Programme in Art, Culture, and Technology. Bauer was Co-Curator for Documenta11 (2001-2002), Artistic Director for the 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002-2005). She recently co-curated with MIT List Centre for Visual Art Director Paul Ha the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) presenting eminent artist Joan Jonas.
Image credit: Pere Portabella, Vampir-Cuadecuc, 1970, film still. Courtesy of Pere Portabella and Films 59.