Outdoor Cinema: Shapeshifting (4 short videos)

zaterdag, 16 juli

Outdoor Cinema: Shapeshifting (4 short videos)

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“mOOn Over tOwns mOOn
we open the courtyard again this year to share our friendship and love for films during summer nights. We screen bold and fearless racing girls on Friday night, four short video works of artists who undertake journeys to find mythical, pointless, missing and everlasting stories on Saturday. On Sunday, Moons of Cavia will end with a classic underground feature film. Afterwards the moon won’t really disappear, yet it might appear to grow

*A poem by e.e. cummings.

Doors and bar open at 20:00
Films start at 22:00

SHAPESHIFTING: 4 short videos

In the famous words of Bruce Lee, "empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water". Humans' brain, heart and blood are for 80 percent made of water. Humans are bodies of water. Our watery embodiment challenges the persistant humanistic view on corporeality, and instead imagines its beyond.
The 4 short videos are made of documentary, essay, fantasy and footage in which the artists themselves undergo different forms of shapeshifting by making real or metaphorical journeys. Their bodies seem to travel through historical and imaginary spaces while changing their shapes and identity like water, or like moons that grow full and empty.

There will be a midnight talk with the artists after the screening.

The Temple of Nehalennia
Lucy Cordes Engelmen | 2022 | 12’

Lucy's ongoing research plumbs the newly discovered drowned land that is now the North Sea, glacial erratics, and a Neolithic Netherlands' marine goddess, Nehalennia, whose name translates loosely between, "she who is close to the sea" and "she who is close to the salt"...in the longer of the works, Lucy draws on an Icelandic myth of the selkie mother returning to her underwater realm. The meditative experimental narrative floats around the longing of the human child who the mother has left behind, now a sensory scientist, and desperate to communicate with their mother through the exchange of gifts.

Landing: Microlight flight over Cullinan Mine
Laura Emsley | 2013 | 4'

In many of her works Laura travels to caves that she films, dwells in, recreates or writes about in order to experience what knowledge could be. This time Laura journeyed to South Africa in search of the untold story. After arriving in Cullinan, South Africa, she managed to co-opt a micro-light flyer. By diverting from the usual tourist attractions, and convincing the pilot to take a different route, she found herself flying over a very large hole in the earth where the largest diamond in the world was found in 1907.

Where the Heart Goes
Yun Choi | 2021 | 31’

In the video, imaginary costumed bodies are hanging around temporarily installed objects that were part of Yun's 2020 exhibition called ‘Where the Heart Goes’. The objects of the exhibition space are summoned into contemporary art folklore by digitally rearranged Kitsch, filtered images, scattered sounds, and banal sayings that evade reality. Yun’s work explores a longing for where the heart goes in the context of a formal art institution that feels endless and pure, yet fickle and temporal.

The Boat, the Train, the Road
Yuchen Li | 2022 | 45'

This essay film follows the trajectories of three Chinese immigrants in Tanzania, through Yuchen’s lens. Each of them arrived in a different time in the 1940s, 1970s, and 2010s, all with different political contexts. We listen to their personal, thus political, stories, and reflect on the narratives of anti-colonialism from China and Africa. Yuchen's work revolves around diasporic narratives in relation to cultural identity and ancestral memories while she attempts to pose these questions within collective conversation.

Datum & tijd: 

zaterdag, 16 juli, 2022 - 22:00


  • bar/café
  • film


  • free
  • tegen donatie
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, (legally) founded by a squatters movement in 1983, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


  • film

opening times: 

We're open a couple of days in the week. Look us up to find our monthly program.
Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.