SO HAPPY. A SELECTION OF JOYFUL REBELLIONS FROM THE ARGOS DISTRIBUTION CATALOGUE [12TH RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES, CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES, MADRID]
Since 1997, the ’Rencontres Internationales’ have been presenting in Paris and Berlin an international program between new cinema and contemporary art - film, video, installation, net art and multimedia concert. Known for the richness and quality of their program, the ’Rencontres Internationales’ are today a European cultural event of first scale. In 2007, the ’Rencontres Internationales’ open up to a third city, Madrid, where an exceptional edition will take place.
Asked to compile a screening program for these first ’Rencontres’ to be held at Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes, Anke Buxmann and Maria Palacios Cruz decided to borrow the title from Joëlle de la Casinière’s 1973 film So Happy in which de La Casinière, barefoot against an abandoned and ravaged metropolitan background, promotes her book Absolument nécessaire ("Absolutely indispensable") in the streets of New York. Nothing is true, anything goes. Her joy, freedom and social commitment are shared by the three videos which Argos will present in Madrid. The selected works by Charley Case, Sarah Vanagt and Joëlle de La Casinière herself are all jubilant rebellions with the street as a common background. Revealing great sensitivity to political and social debate, the videos in this program militate for a freedom of expression and movement somehow naïve but absolutely joyful.
Sarah Vanagt, Little Figures
2003, 35mm to video, 15’47", colour & b/w, sound
Joëlle de La Casinière & Michel Bonnemaison, Rose de Lima
1975, 16mm to video, 39’59", colour, Spanish spoken, English subtitles
Charley Case, Friday, June 18, 1999, City of London
1999, video, 8’12", b&w, sound