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Open Eye: Martin Čihák

Wen. March 22nd 2017 at 7pm
FAMU, Smetanovo náb. 2, P – 1,
room U1, 1. floor

Photo FAMU and CAS FAMU invites for a lecture of the cycle of guest lectures:
Martin Čihák: Cinegeometry of the Film Avant-garde

Cinegeometry is a film-science theory which stems from the parallelism of the film and geometric perception that allows us to inspect the shape of a film work as a result of a creative operation which is equivalent to the section of the lateral surface of a rotary cone by a planar surface. Similarly to music, having its underlying harmonies that can be expressed mathematically, behind the world of avant-garde film, we can perceive relations between conic sections. Through the insight into the cine-geometric world, we can, in retrospect, understand the phenomena of the cinematographic world and arrive at answers to such questions which we had not been able not only to ask but even to think about.
Due to time constraints which do not allow us to spend more time on examples, I suggest that the students get familiar, separately, with at least the following films that will serve us as representatives for easy sorting of individual disciplines of the film avant-garde:

Absolute Film – Hans Richter Rhythmus 21 (1921)
Pure Cinema – Fernand Léger Le Ballet Mécanique (1924)
Avant-garde Film – Alex Hammid and Maya Deren Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Assemblage Film – Bruce Conner A Movie (1957), Robert Breer Eyewash (1959)
Structural Film – Peter Kubelka, Adebar (1957), Kurt Kren 15/67 tv (1967)
Spontaneous Film – Jonas Mekas Walden: Diaries, Notes And Sketches (1969)

Martin Čihák (born 1964, Hradec Králové) studied teaching at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, later, he studied editing at FAMU and he did his postgraduate studies in the Department of Cinema Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. In 2013, he published in NAMU the expanded version of his dissertation called Composition Techniques of Film Avant-Gardes called The Underground River of Cinema. As a co-author and editor he contributed to the publication called On Research of Forms of Montage Structures (PAF 2016) and Distance Montage of Artavazd Peleshian (NAMU, 2017). Currently, he works as a lecturer at the Department of Editing , FAMU. Since the mid-eighties, he has been occasionally making films as an independent filmmaker or as a hired cinematographer, film editor and script editor.

Posted on: 20. 3. 2017, Editor KF FAMU