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Room H.264


Room H.264

Jan 5 — Jan 15, 2018

Location: William Fox Amphitheater

2018. Jeff Reichert (b. 1978, Northfield, New Jersey. Resides in Brooklyn), Damon Smith (b. 1968 in Houston, Texas, Eric Hynes (b. 1974, Staten Island, New York. Resides in Brooklyn). Video installation.

In his 1982 documentary Room 666, German director Wim Wenders asked the question “Is cinema a dead language, an art which is already in the process of decline?” to directors including Steven Spielberg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and others.

Nearly 35 years later, the makers of Room H.264 interviewed filmmakers in a hotel room to answer the same question.

Combining their unedited responses with material from the original film, this installation explores how we make, view, and critically engage with movies. The interplay between monitors highlights issues that have arisen in the transition to a world of ubiquitous screens and interfaces, where choices about how to experience moving images are now integral to daily life. The piece creates a running dialogue between past and present notions of screen culture, and the state of the cinematic arts today.

Presented in conjunction with First Look 2018
Participating filmmakers:
Firas Fayyad

Charlie Lyne

Jennifer Brea

Lana Wilson

Hendrick Dussolier

Iva Radivojevic

Daniel Cockburn

David Osit

Dan Sallitt

Ken and Azazel Jacobs

Ashley Connor

Jordan Inman

Adam Dietrich

Jean-Pierre Rehm

Michael Koresky

Kellan Hayley Marvin

Nanfu Wang

Alexander Koberidze

Marie Viognier

Varun Bajaj

Blake Williams

Mo Scarpelli

Miao Wang

Marc Nemcik

Alexandra Watkins

Garrett Bradley

Andrew Ahn

Farihah Zaman

Andrew Neel

Kyle Smith

Damon Smith

Caitlin Mae Burke

Luke Meyer

Tim Sutton

Daniel Patrick Carbone

John Wilson

Elisabeth Subrin

Sierra Pettengill

Zach Clark

Robert Greene

Pacho Velez

Kirsten Johnson

Eric Hynes

Sean Price Williams

Jeff Reichert
The furniture for this installation was generously provided by The Paper Factory Hotel.