Alberto Cabrera Bernal
Against Cinema
Video (Super 8 and 16 mm transferred to digital file)
Colour and b/w, sound, 9 min., 2010, Spain
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Introduction
As I was going over the material I was buying, fiction films and documentaries, both
in Super 8 and in 16 mm, I began to select the images based on a single theme -actors
who were always facing backwards to the camera. Then I edited that footage without
the slightest narrative development. The only explanation I can give for my decision
to recount these specific moments is the unseen signifying power which resides in them,
their violent magnetism.
Screenings
Matadero Madrid, Contemporary Art Center (Workshop "Cinema as Object: Aproppriation
and Interventionist Practices". Madrid, Spain, Sept. 2010)

Rompan Límites, Experimental Film Festival (Uruguay, Oct. 2010)
La Fábrica Art Gallery (Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 2010)
Madrid Experimental Cinema Week (Madrid, Spain, Nov. 2010)
Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania, Dec. 2010)
Athens International Film and Video Festival (OH, USA. April 22 - 28, 2011)
Australian International Experimental Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia. April - May 2011)
Chicago Underground Film Festival (Chicago, USA. June 2011)
ArtFest Film Festival (Harrisburg, USA. May 2011)

Videoholica International Video Art Festival (Varna, Bulgaria. August 2011)
Independents' Film Festival (Tampa, FL, USA. September 2011)
Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries (Bulgary, September 17, 2011), curated by Pavlina Mladenova
New England Underground Film Festival (Connecticut, USA. October 2011)
Cinemateca Brasileira (São Paulo, Brazil. October 2011)
Lucca Film Festival (Lucca, Italy. October 2011)
Anthology Film Archives, NewFilmmakers NY (Fall Series, New York, USA. October 4, 2011)
Flicker Spokane Film Festival (Spokane, WA, USA. October 22, 2011)
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2011)
Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State, Malaysia, Dec. 2011)
Dredsner Schmalfilmtage (Dresden, Germany, January 2012)
Video, Video Spinning Top (Sofia, Bulgaria. March 2012)
Rome Independent Film Festival, Poéticas del reciclaje: Metraje encontrado (Rome, Italy, April 2012)
Instituto Cervantes, Poéticas del reciclaje: Metraje encontrado (Paris, France, May 2012)
Experimental Film Festival Portland (Portland, USA, May 2012)
Vertical Cinema (Cardiff, Wales, July 2012)
Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico, D.F., Mexico. September 2012)
Experimentica 2012: Unseen, Vertical Cinema (Cardiff, Wales, November 2012)
Awards
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