By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Complete with a video mapping installation, live remixes of films and an immersive performance by German musician and artist Robert Henke, the audiovisual festival Live Cinema will return to Rio de Janeiro for its 9th edition on August 6th. Continuing through August 9th, two nights of events will take place at Oi Futuro Ipanema while Cine Odeon and Parque Lage will host one event each during the festival.
This year’s edition will open with “01 +01 = 01” an audiovisual performance by Danil Limaverde and Antonio Hofmeister. During the free performance, which will take place outside of Oi Futuro Ipanema, Limaverde and Hofmeister will video map, project visuals on the structure, while providing live musical accompaniment.
Born in 1991, Limaverde is a music producer and composer whose work includes the soundtrack for Canal Brasil’s feature film “A Morte de J.P.Cuenca.” Hofmeister, born in 1992 is a digital artist and creator whose works merge technology and art in the exploration of new forms of expression.
On Friday, August 7th, two filmmakers, Emílio Domingos and Simplicio Neto will “remix” their films live in Oi Futuro Ipanema’s theater.
During his performance on Friday, filmmaker and musician Simplicio Neto as his alter egos “DJ Simpla da Dýnamo” and “VJ Simpla of PHUNK” will re-edit and re-dub his award-winning film “Carioca era Um Rio” live while accompanied by his band, Os Nefelibatas, in which he serves as singer-songwriter.
When asked by Joca Vidal about the differences between VJing and directing Neto said; “In fact, I always felt that VJing and directing are like day and night. The old cinema still has the ways of a closed work. Yes, there is much improvisation on set, but all of that complexity is domesticated later in the editing room, the errors are fixed, the best parts are built later and are closed in a finished work that still craves, like a book or a classical painting, to be an eternal work. But the VJ makes a movie in real time, a live issue, a work in making the eternal, the ephemeral. It’s open, never finished, so much of a ‘work in progress’.”
Additionally on Friday night, director, DJ and social scientist Emílio Domingos will “remix,” his new documentary “Deixa na Régua,” live. Best known for his award-winning documentary “A Batalha do Passinho,” about the passinho dance movement and its surrounding culture, Domingos takes an inside look at barber shops in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas in “Deixa na Régua.”
Finally, headlining the festival, German composer, musician, artist, engineer and programmer Robert Henke will present his newest project “Lumière II” on Saturday, August 8th at Cine Odeon and discuss the creative process behind the project at Parque Lage on Sunday, August 9th.
One of the main creators of the popular Ableton Live music software and a founding and former member of the Monolake project, Henke is well-known for building machines like the Monodeck MIDI controller and software like Ableton Live, Max for Live and Granulator.
In his various installations, Henke creates art through the formation of music and sounds by machines combined with moving lights and their reflections on different shapes and structures to reveal the relationships between space and sound.
“Lumière II” premiered on February 19th earlier this year in Paris and is a further exploration of Henke’s original installation “Lumière,” which debuted in 2013.
For more information and for the Live Cinema complete program, see the official website.
What: Live Cinema
When: Thursday, August 6th through Sunday, August 9th. Performance time vary, see the official website for more information.
Where: Oi Futuro Ipanema, Rua Visconde de Pirajá 54, Ipanema. Cine Odeon, Praça Floriano 7, Cinelandia. Parque Lage, Rua Jardim Botânico 414, Jardim Botânico.
Entrance: Entry to “01 +01 = 01” will be free; entry to the film remixes will be R$10-R$20; entrance for the “Lumière II” presentation will be R$10-R$20; and the Henke discussion at Parque Lage will be free.