516 ARTS welcomed the Experiments in Cinema festival for a pop-up installation of experimental films in the upstairs gallery. This year, the annual celebration of international cinematic experimentation presented by Basement Films focused on cinema and video art from Cuba, which represents the first time that such a comprehensive study of alternative cinematic practices from Cuba has been staged in the United states.
On view at 516 ARTS was Three In One Flags by Nestor Siré from Cuba, among others. Before the reception, Siré gave a free public presentation about current trends in expanded cinema installation work from Cuba. Siré‘s presentation was followed by a reception to view the installation and meet other visiting Cuban artists and scholars. Also featured at 516 ARTS were video works by Izabella Pruska-oldenho (Canada), Timo Kahlen (Germany), Narda Azaria Dalgleish (Scotland), Beth Hansen (USA) and Dustin Zemel (USA).
Experiments in Cinema was made possible by the generous support of the Department of Cinematic Arts at UNM, the McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Albuquerque Film Office, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Instituto Cervantes, the University of Hertfordshire and Coventry University (UK), and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.