The Cinema Museum, London

Unique Past Screenings at the Museum: Werner Herzog & Nathaniel Dorsky

January 2011 · Venue Hire

In October 2009 a screening of Werner Herzog’s Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995) hosted at the Cinema Museum drew a large audience . The event was part of a festival of Herzog films organised by V22 and screened across London. Herzog’s documentary explores the life and death of the 16th-century visionary composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo.

Then in May 2010 the Museum was host to a packed evening screening of three films by influential experimental US filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky, curated by a collective of visual artists The Dog Movement. 17 Reasons Why (1985-87), Variations (1992-98) and Threnody (2004) were all screened as the artist intended in 16mm at 18fps. Nathaniel Dorsky was present for a Q&A and reading from his book Devotional Cinema.

Water droplets against a multi-coloured backgroundSilence in cinema is undoubtedly an acquired taste, but the freedom it unveils has many rich rewards. The major part of my work is both silent and paced to be projected at 18fps (silent speed). It is the direct connection of light and audience that interests me. The screen continually shifts dimensionally from being an image-window, to a floating energy field, to simply light on the wall. In my films, the black space surrounding the screen is as significant as the square itself. Silence allows these articulations, which are both poetic and sculptural at the same time, to be revealed and appreciated.’

Nathaniel Dorsky