Field Experiments: Towards New Sensibilities

The first day’s programme presents short, experimental 16mm films produced from the Goethe Institut workshops held in Manila and Bangkok from 1986 to 1992. These workshops provided filmmakers with the opportunity to be whimsical, exploratory and collaborative. 

There will be a post-screening dialogue between Christoph Janetzko, Ricky Orellana and Gallery curators Clarissa Chikiamco and Cheng Jia Yun. This conversation touches on the experiences of the Goethe-Institut filmmaking workshops in the 1980s and 1990s. Christoph Janetzko taught the workshops, and Ricky Orellana is the Director and the Audiovisual Archive Head at Mowelfund Film Institute which partnered the Goethe Institut in Manila. This conversation is pre-recorded.

The 2021 edition of Field Experiments is part of Expanded Frames, a project made possible with the support of Embassy of France in Singapore, Goethe-Institut Singapore & the Franco-German Cultural Fund. 

Rating: M18

KIDLAT / LIGHTNING

By Joey Agbayani

Philippines | In Filipino with English subtitles | 1989 | 8 min 57 sec | 16mm film converted to digital video file | PG13 (Some Mature Content)

In this comic book satire, a truth-seeking journalist goes up against a crooked politician and his private army. Like Pinocchio’s nose, the newsman’s pencil acts as a barometer of the lies being fed to him by an unflinching politico as they play a game of cat and mouse in his search for the truth.

 

 

DUMI / DIRT

By Tad Ermitaño

Philippines | In English | 1990 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 4 min 20 sec | PG

In the year 2125, a documentary on the “xenobiological” essay is made by Restituto A. Calampangan, Head of Analytical Service at the Philippine Orbital Research Center.

 

 

BUGTONG: ANG SIGAW NI LALAKE / RIDDLE: SHOUT OF MAN

By RJ Leyran

Philippines | No dialogue | 1989 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 3 min 25 sec | NC16 (Some Violence)

This optically printed film pieces together violent scenes from deteriorating found footage.

 

 

KALAWANG / RUST

By Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III and Jimbo Albano

Philippines | In English | 1989 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 6 min 10 sec | M18 (Some Sexual Scenes)

Combining footage of war and sex, this sepia-toned film proposes that fascism inevitably leads to global annihilation.

 

 

THE GIRL FROM BIKINI ISLAND

By Luis Paredes Quirino and Donna Sales

Philippines | In English | 1990 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 9 min 21 sec | NC16 (Sexual References)

This film follows secret agent D’d Dick as he saves a tourist town from a deadly vicious vamp.

 

 

PILIPINAS: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PHILIPPINES, MR. JANETZKO?

By Regiben Romana

Philippines | No dialogue |1989 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 5 min 52 sec | PG

This abstract film merges the outtakes of an action flick with noise, news broadcasts and hardcore music, resulting in a powerful, raw collage recalling Filipino politics and culture.

 

 

SA MAYNILA / IN MANILA

By Mike Alcazaren, Josephine Atienza and Ricky Orellana

Philippines | No dialogue | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 1989 | 6 min 59 sec | PG

This black and white film presents an impressionistic portrait of a Philippine metropolis.

 

 

KORDILYERA IMAGES

By Cooper Resabal

Philippines | No dialogue | 1986 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 5 min 51 sec | PG

This short film contrasts traditional songs and attire from the Cordillera region with the urban environment, highlighting the effect of neo-colonialism on the culture of the Cordillera people.

 

 

MIX ONE AND TWO

By Rox Lee

Philippines | In English | 1990 | 16mm film converted to digital video file | 5 min 21 sec | PG (Some Nudity)

Both calming and critical, a song about the Philippine eagle is accompanied by images of the land and sky. This film reveals the impact of indiscriminate urbanisation on the natural environment.

 

 

CEASEFIRE COUNTRYSIDES

By Eli Guieb III

Philippines | No dialogue | 1986 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 9 min 36 sec | PG

In Ceasefire Countrysides, repetitive camera movements—such as dolly, track and tilt—are combined with protest songs to produce a strident political statement.

 

 

TELECHANTE

By Kasemson Bhamsupha, Chavalit Sattathamsakul, Paisit Panpurksachat and Yonghong Sae-Tiew

Thailand | No dialogue | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 9 min 15 sec | PG

When the bell rings, it is a signal that “Suad Pan Yak” (a chant from the Sukhothai period 800 years ago) will spread all over the land. What would happen if doctrines, prayers and rituals were combined with modern technology?

 

 

LAND OF LAUGH

By Manit Sriwanichpoom, Yutthasak Choomphonsatien, Siwaporn Pongsuwan and Kompin Kemgumnird

Thailand | In Thai with English subtitles | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 13 min 54 sec | PG

Found footage and scenes of places of amusement are woven together in this rich collage evoking the chaotic contemporary landscape of Bangkok.

 

 

UNDER TABOO

By Jerdsak Poolthup, Pimpaka Towira, Sirivan Pothai and Sasivimon Chaungyanyong

Thailand | No dialogue | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 9 min 22 sec | PG

Under Taboo explores the unspoken dynamics between people through a study of the elemental forces of fire and water.

 

 

THOUSANDTH BIRTH

By Mana Suealek, Wilailuck Suvachittanont, Surachai Jiracharoenvongsa, Chaiwat Lochotinant and Nida Kanchanawetchakul

Thailand | No dialogue | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 6 min 45 sec | PG

Thousandth Birth traces the contours of monuments and landmarks in the city against a soundscape of noise, traffic and electronic music. The result is a disorienting portrait of the city as a site of rupture and change.

 

 

…FARANG, ETC.

By Wattanapun Krutasaen, Tippawan Ornsri, Kittipong Mongkol and Parinda Onrit

Thailand | In English | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 10 min 25 sec | NC16 (Some Drug Use)

This film is a short but vivid work that explores the tourist’s experience of compressed time and the consumption of spectacle in 1990s Bangkok.

 

 

CITY DOG

By Koson Trongtosak, Sathien Preedasa, Amnuay Mangmeesri and Chavalit Potisri

Thailand | In Thai with English subtitles | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 8 min 3 sec | NC16 (Brief Nudity)

The claustrophobia of urban life is articulated through intense traffic and innovative camera work in City Dog.

 

 

BOONTHING

By Hamer Salwala, Saipin Kulkanokwan and Orawan Ovathasarn

Thailand | In Thai with English subtitles | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 12 min 35 sec | NC16 (Some Nudity)

Boonthing combines excerpts from mainstream sources like newspapers and television to explore how bombardment of information may complicate the truth.

 

 

FILM THERAPHY

By Pracha Suweeranont, Nimit Pipithkul, Somchart Bangjang and Soontorn Mesri

Thailand | No dialogue | 1992 | 16mm converted to digital video file | 8 min 17 sec | PG

Film Theraphy employs a close study of the human face to reflect on the trappings of technology and the disorienting effect of the rapid modernisation in Thailand during the 1990s.

 

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