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Drive-In Theater: Rafaela Lopez

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Tin Flats

1989 Blake Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90039

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RSVP mandatory. Complimentary popcorn and iced tea.

Doors open at 7pm. Screening starts at 7.30pm

This fall, France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) is partnering with Tin Flats for three exhibitions and a series of weekly screenings presented in the parking lot of Tin Flats, which will be transformed into a drive-in movie theater.

Discovering the city of LA takes long hours of driving. Many writers compared the windshield of a car to a screen. All surroundings are seen through this lens. It seems like a very natural phenomenon and is formative in our experiences of Los Angeles and California. This is an important point of view in the process of discovering the city, in a very cinematographic way.

During the 10 weeks of the program developed by FLAX at Tin Flats, a series of screenings will take place in the parking lot which will be transformed into a drive-in. Each week, an artist is invited to choose one of his/her films and a film of his/her choice - a feature, a documentary, another artist’s video - echoing his/her work. From influence to dissonance, these double features allow us to continue the discussions started in the exhibition space. Each program will be screened twice, on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On October 15th and 16th, we will present FLAX artist in residence Rafaela Lopez’ video Etat d’âme, State of the Mind with the now classical documentary Microcosmos directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou.

Etat d’âme, State of the Mind is a film project directed by artist Rafaela Lopez. The film combines both fiction and documentary genres as well as employing the structure of reality TV shows. “Etats d’âme” is a French expression without an accurate English translation. The translation would be situated somewhere between the literal translations “state of mind” and “state of soul”. However, “state of the mind” is not a synonym or translation of “états d’ame”. It is a subtitle that raises the game of relationship between the expression’s nuances of meanings, between intuition and conception. Etat d’âme, State of the Mind, follows the lives of a group of sculptures, made by artists from the Royal College of Art. Although the artists feature in the film, it is the sculptures which are conducting a daily retrospective, metaphysical and reflective speech upon their own existence.

Microcosmos is a fascinating documentary offering a unique look into the daily dramas played out amongst the tiny residents of a French country meadow. It is shot without dialogue and begins with an aerial view of the meadow and then drops wildly down amongst the herbs and soil of the meadow where the stage is set. Using specially designed cameras and lighting equipment, the filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou spent three years creating this single day. Utilizing astounding close ups, they give the viewer a bug’s eye view where water drops are the size of planets, and grass blades become alien skyscrapers. At this level, the bugs themselves take on an unearthly appearance, as if they were the giants, not us. The film is suitable for families and features an eclectic soundtrack with numbers ranging from opera to New Age music to high-light the action.

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