Film Series Film by Design. Bauhaus and the Moving Image

Wie wohnen alte Leute © Ella Bergmann-Michel

Mon, 04/22/2019

Harvard Film Archive

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

In conjunction with the Bauhaus Centennial, this film series will reconstruct how members of the Bauhaus—one of the most progressive art, architecture and design schools in the early 20th century—actively engaged with moving images between the years 1919 and 1933. (…)
Film sketches, abstract animations, cinematic form sequences, and colored lightplays emerged at the Bauhaus alongside new attempts to create an architectural film—or what Walter Gropius often referred to as “Bauhaus film”—that would capture the new architecture through the medium of moving images. In collaboration with the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard at the Harvard Art Museums, the two programs presented will shed light on some of the most overlooked aspects within the Bauhaus’ wide-ranging engagement with film.
Laura Frahm, Associate Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies

Monday March 11 at 7pm
Introduction by Laura Frahm
Woman with a Camera: Female Filmmakers from the Bauhaus

Symphonie Diagonale
Directed by Viking Eggeling and Ré Soupault
Germany 1924, 16mm, b/w, 7 min
Lichtspiel, Opus III
Directed by Walter Ruttmann and Lore Leudesdorff
Germany 1924, 16mm, b/w, 3 min
Lichtspiel, Opus IV
Directed by Walter Ruttmann and Lore Leudesdorff
Germany 1925, 16mm, b/w, 4 min
Spiel der Wellen
Directed by Walter Ruttmann, Julius Pinschewer and Lore Leudesdorff
Germany 1926, 35mm, b/w, 5 min
Where Do the Elderly Live? (Wo wohnen alte Leute?)
Directed by Ella Bergmann-Michel Germany 1931, video, b/w, 13 min
The Jobless Cook for the Jobless (Erwerbslose kochen für Erwerbslose)
Directed by Ella Bergmann-Michel
Germany 1932, 35mm, b/w, 9 min
Flying Merchants in Frankfurt (Fliegende Händler in Frankfurt a.M.)
Directed by Ella Bergmann-Michel Germany 1932, 35mm, b/w, 21 min
Heiterer Tag auf Rügen (Joyful Day on Rügen)
Directed by Ellen Auerbach Germany 1931, digital video, b/w, 3 min
Tel Aviv
Directed by Ellen Auerbach
Germany 1934–35, digital video, b/w, 12 min
Total running time: 77 min

Monday April 22 at 7pm
Introduction by Laura Frahm
Light Plays, Form Plays: Film Experiments After the Bauhaus

Light Machine
Directed by László Moholy-Nagy, Nathan Lerner and György Kepes
Germany 1941, digital video, b/w, silent, 3 min
Spiel der Spiralen
Directed by Alfred Ehrhardt West Germany 1951, digital video, b/w, 15 min
Corals – Sculptures of the Sea (Korallen – Skulpturen der Meere)
Directed by Alfred Ehrhardt
West Germany 1964, digital video, b/w, 12 min
Allegro
Directed by Larry Janiak US 1960, 16mm, color, 3 min
Design Workshops
Directed by László Moholy-Nagy
US 1944, digital video, color, 36 min
Night Driving
Directed by Millie and Morton Goldsholl US 1957, 16mm, color, 11 min
Lens Distortion #10
Directed by Millie and Morton Goldsholl
US ca. 1971, 16mm, color, silent, 4 min
Intergalactic Zoo
Directed by Millie and Morton Goldsholl
US 1964, 16mm, color, 4 min
Do Not Disturb
Directed by László Moholy-Nagy
US 1946, digital video, color, 20 min
Total running time: 108 min

Additional film programs in the series take place at the Harvard Art Museums’ Menschel Hall, Lower Level at 6pm:
February 28: Part 1 – Bauhaus Week, Weimar, August 1923
March 28: Part 2 – Inaugural Festivities, Bauhaus Dessau, December 1926
April 18: Part 3 – Metal Party, February 1929

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