[MGSA-L] Collected Writings of Markopoulos discussion and screening, Sept. 29, NYC

Rebekah Rutkoff rrutkoff at gmail.com
Sat Sep 27 12:14:02 PDT 2014

September 29, 7pm @ The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011

Tickets $10


Celebrating the publication of *Film as Film: The Collected Writings of
Gregory J. Markopoulos* (The Visible Press), filmmaker Robert Beavers,
scholars Daniel Heller-Roazen and Rebekah Rutkoff, and the volume's
editor Mark Webber will lead a discussion of Markopoulos’ unique vision of
film and the film spectator. Following the discussion will be a very rare
screening of one reel of his magnum opus, *Eniaios*.

This publication contains some ninety out-of-print or previously
unavailable articles by the Greek-American filmmaker (1928-1992) who, as a
contemporary of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, was at the
forefront of a movement that established a truly independent form of
cinema. Beginning with his early writings on the American avant-garde and
auteurs such as Dreyer, Bresson, and Mizoguchi, it also features numerous
essays on Markopoulos’ own practice, and on films by Beavers, that were
circulated only in journals, self-published editions, or program notes. The
texts become increasingly metaphysical and poetic as the filmmaker pursued
his ideal of Temenos, an archive and screening space to be located at a
remote site in the Peloponnese where his epic, final work *Eniaios* could
be viewed in harmony with the Greek landscape.

In the last decades of his life, working quietly in Europe, Markopoulos
re-edited his whole body of earlier films and dozens of new ones into one
magnum opus, *Eniaios*. It is one of the longest films ever made: the
complete film lasts approximately 80 hours and is divided into 22 cycles.
>From the moment he began to construct it, it was Markopoulos' intention
that Eniaios be projected only at the open-air site of what he called “The
Temenos,” in a field near the village of Lyssaraia, the birthplace of his
father in the Peloponnese of mainland Greece. For Eniaios, the summa of his
career, Markopoulos wished to create a deeply personal and utterly unique
cinematic experience. He chose the site for its natural beauty; he had
conceived the Temenos as a viewing space where the physical environment
would be in harmony with his idea of cinema as an instrument of
philosophical and psychological revelation. In calling his projection space
“The Temenos,” the filmmaker was invoking the religious traditions of
ancient Greece, where a portion of land was set aside for the ritual
worship of a god. The original meaning of the term “Temenos” is “a piece of
land set apart.” Markopoulos wanted his life work shown in a space “set
apart,” when after years of working in the international arena of the
experimental film, he grew disillusioned with the interrelated
commercialism of the film industry, the universities, and the art museums.
He was convinced that the grandeur of what he called “film as film”
required something radically different.

Gregory Markopoulos: The Collected Writings is made possible with support
from Axe-Houghton Foundation and Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides
Foundation, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New
York State Legislature.
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