Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius: four-day cinema

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A four-day cinema featuring the films of Stefan (1910-1988) & Franciszka (1907-1988) Themerson, Chris Marker, Jean Pierre Gorin, Eric Van Zuylen, Hollis Frampton, and others. Screenings introduced by short talks leading up garden paths. November 28, 29, 30 and December 1. Organized by Angie Keefer and Robert Snowden as part of a year-long project dedicated to Stefan & Franciszka Themerson, taking place at the CAC, the ICA London, The Los Angeles Public Library, and the Banff Centre, Canada.

Stefan and Franciszka Themerson were artists who made films, images, texts and books. In 1948, they founded the Gaberbocchus Press, which published over sixty titles between 1948 and 1979, with the purported aim of producing "best lookers rather than best sellers." Their stable included Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, Kurt Schwitters, Bertrand Russell, Barbara Wright, and the Themersons, themselves. In the late 1950s, the basement of the Gaberbocchus press became Common Room, a weekly meeting place where the likes of these convened for talks, recitals, screenings and performances. The Themersons' work wears a complex anti-categorical truth. It is mostly lacking in that requisite dose of the-world-as-represented-by-anybody-else. Above all, they were committed to an ethic. They privileged decency of means over grandiosity of aims. For more information on the Themersons please visit their archive.

Angie Keefer is a writer, editor, amateur librarian and occasional engineer. Along with Dexter Sinister, she is co-founder of The Serving Library, a nonprofit artists' organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop; and co-editor of The Bulletins, The Serving Library's bi-annual publication.

Robert Snowden is a writer and curator. Having recently closed The Chrysler Series, he is currently itinerant, with exhibitions in Amsterdam, London, and Los Angeles, and is writing an essay about his grandmother that is about halfway out the surreal moonshot. 

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