HENRI PLAAT & BARBARA METER (DUTCH MASTERS)
Location: Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt
The COUCH.CLUB is the place in the Impakt Festival for highlighting the backgrounds of the program. There are lectures about net.art. Artists elucidate their ideas and enter into a discussion with each other and with the audience. By showing films, filmmakers explain their inspirations and their way of looking. The couch.club also offers artists the opportunity to give demonstrations and ‘sneak previews’. With respect to the music program, there is a small workshop and a special performance concert by Goodiepal from Denmark. For the couch.clubs in ’t Hoogt, the normal entrance fees will be charged, while those in Kikker will be free of charge.
Both Henri Plaat and Barbara will be interviewed by Kees Hin in this combined COUCH.CLUB. The short films and film fragments they selected will be the starting point for a discussion of their works. See also page 13-14.
First, BARBARA METER will show her film selection, in which two key works of the experimental cinema from the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies will be combined with more recent works.
Malcolm le Grice (UK, 1970, 16 mm double projection, 7:00 min)
Kurt Kren (Austria, 1967, 16mm, 7:00 min, silent)
Guy Sherwin (UK 1975-2004, 16mm, 3 min)
Matthias Muller (Germany, 1991, 16mm, 6:00 min)
HENRI PLAAT will follow a completely different approach and delve deep into the past with fragments from films that deeply impressed him in his childhood days. World War Two and adventures by small boys are recurring elements in his film selection, which includes:
Germania Anno Zero
Germania anno zero
Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1948)
Kamennyy tsvetok / The Stone Flower
Aleksandr Ptushko (Soviet Union 1946)
Thief of Bagdad
Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell a.o. (UK, 1940)
Carl Theodor Dreyer (France/Germany, 1932)
HEES HIN directed more than sixty documentaries and television films. He is associated to the ‘Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten’ in Amsterdam as an advisor.
Barbara Meter― Artist
Barbara Meter (1939) studied Dutch and graduated in 1963 from the Dutch film academy. Apart from programming amongst others Electric Cinema in the seventies and teaching film, she made a great number of experimental films, feature films and documentaries.
Henri Plaat― Artist
Henri Plaat (1936) received his education as an artist at the Amsterdam ‘Kunstnijverheidschool’, the predecessor to the current Rietveld Academy. He is a visual artist who has been working with film since 1968, while continuing to paint, draw and make collages. In his films, Plaat combines a mild absurdum with documentary images he records on his travels through Europe, Asia, America and North Africa. These two styles are connected in his works through association. Fragments of reality – apparently unimportant villages on far mountain slopes, a turning fan in beautiful black and white, a man with an enormous lollypop... all the images are equally curious. The mystery of beauty is celebrated with exquisite compositions in the beautiful colours of the kodachrome 16mm reversal film.