19 until 22 Feb 2014

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
19 until 22 Feb 2014, 11 pm until 11 pm
Main language
English (thur - sat), Dutch (sun)
Tickets only sold in advance at www.sonicacts.com/shop

The Stedelijk Museum and Sonic Acts are very pleased to present the innovative film project Vertical Cinema, . Vertical Cinema explores the changing conditions of screening film: what happens to the viewing experience when it shifts from horizontal to vertical?

For Vertical Cinema, Sonic Acts invited celebrated experimental filmmakers and visual artists to make ten new audiovisual works on 35-mm celluloid for a specially developed, monumental, vertical cinemascope projection. The result is a spectacular collection of abstract films, experiments in form, found footage, films which have been chemically processed, and live laser action. The vertically-projected films are aurally and visually delightful and trigger a new, almost spatial experience of cinema.

The complete film program of Vertical Cinema can be seen in the space around the monumental staircase of the Stedelijk, from Thursday, February 20, to Sunday, February 23, 2014, with new films by Joost Rekveld, Tina Frank, Johann Lurf, Björn Kämmerer, Manuel Knapp, Esther Urlus, Billy Roisz / Dieter Kovačič, Rosa Menkman, Makino Takashi / Telcosystems, and Gert-Jan Prins / Martijn van Boven.

An additional program of lectures by international speakers focuses on the history of vertical and other forms of expanded cinema and explores the future of the audio-visual experiment.


Thursday, February 20, 2014 (sold out)

  • 8 pm: Lecture by Philippe-Alain Michaud (curator of film/video art, Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris)
  • 10 pm: Screening of the Vertical Cinema film program

Friday, February 21, 2014 (sold out)

  • 4 pm: Lecture by Noam Elcott (assistant professor of modern and contemporary art and media, Columbia University, New York)
  • 6 pm: Screening of the Vertical Cinema film program

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • 4 pm: Lecture by Erika Balsom (assistant professor of film studies, King’s College, London)
  • 6 pm: Screening of the Vertical Cinema film program

Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • 4 pm: Lecture (curator department of paintings and sculpture)
  • 6 pm: Screening of the Vertical Cinema film program

Other information

The publication Vertical Cinema, compiled by Sonic Acts, is available in the shop at the Stedelijk and can also be ordered from www.sonicacts.com/shop

In addition to the program in the Stedelijk, a Synchronator workshop will take place at STEIM on Friday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. explaining the background, techniques, and use of the equipment and providing ample opportunity to experiment with the Synchronator. It will be run by Gert-Jan Prins, Bas van Koolwijk, and Tina Frank.

More information at: www.sonicacts.com

For more information about Vertical Cinema, see: www.verticalcinema.org


Philippe-Alain Michaud is the curator of the film and video collection of the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris. His books include Le Peuple des Images (2002) and Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion (2007). Michaud has organized many international exhibitions and is also an advisor for the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Erika Balsom is assistant professor of film studies and liberal arts in the department of film studies at King’s College London. Balsom is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013).

Noam M. Elcott is assistant professor of modern and contemporary art and media at Columbia University, New York. He specializes in the history of modern art and media in Europe and North America. Elcott has published extensively, including studies on James Welling, Man Ray, Moholy-Nagy, and the London Film-Makers’ Co-op. He is currently working on a book entitled Artificial Darkness: An Art and Media History, 1876-1930.

Bart Rutten has been collection curator department of paintings and sculpture at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2008. Prior to the reopening of the museum he has been actively working on arranging the collection which has been exhibited again since September 2012. He played a central role, both in compiling the classical modern art and contemporary art on the top floor of the historical building. His work as a curator covers the whole field of the visual arts, with special attention for film and video art, conceptual art and installation art. From 2005 to 2008, Rutten worked as the curator of the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch and before that as the Head of the Presentation Department for NIMk. He has always been very interested in the cross pollination between the visual arts and other fields of visual or popular culture, and in the way that art is embedded in society. In addition to his position at the Stedelijk, he is a member of a number of advisory boards, including the One Minute Foundation, and has been a guest speaker talking about the history of video art for various art courses and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. He talks about a contemporary artist every month for the AVRO broadcasting station in the “4 art” section of the Kunstuur (Art Hour), and he writes a monthly column about an important work of art in the weekend supplement of De Volkskrant.