02.17.2004

Markopoulos’ ENIAIOS Benefit Screening

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Date/Time: 17/02/2004 12:00 am


Markopoulos’ ENIAIOS Benefit Screening
Temenos, Inc. New York is organizing a benefit screening hosted by Anthology Film Archives on February 17, 2004. The evening will present a program of films by Gregory J. Markopoulos and will include a preview of one film from ENIAIOS, Markopoulos’ final and culminating film achievement.
Proceeds from this event will support the premiere of the first cycles of Gregory Markopoulos’ ENIAIOS at the Temenos site in Arcadia, Greece in late June 2004 and the restoration of further cycles. Information about the ENIAIOS premiere will be available at the benefit screening.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Time: 6:30 p.m. reception, screening begins at 7:30
Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street
Suggested Admission: $20
RSVP: mail@the-temenos.org or 917 860 1839
The program will consist of three Markopoulos films and one film by Robert Beavers.
Gregory J. Markopoulos: Swain, 1950; Sorrows, 1969; and Portrait of Gilbert
and George (from ENIAIOS III).
Robert Beavers: Early Monthly Segments, 1967­1970/2002
If you are interested in supporting the Temenos in producing the ENIAIOS screenings, and would like to make a contribution beyond the $20 suggested admission, please contact Sara Reisman via email at mail@the-temenos.org or by telephone at 917 860 1839.
Temenos, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1994, is dedicated to the development of individual and noncommercial filmmaking through the restoration and exhibition of films by the late Gregory J. Markopoulos. In an effort led by filmmaker Robert Beavers, who worked closely with Markopoulos for nearly thirty years, Temenos, Inc. in New York – as well as the Temenos Association in Zurich, founded in 1999 – were created to support these endeavors. Much of Markopoulos’ film work was not seen during his lifetime because the monumental film cycles of his final work, ENIAIOS, never became available as projection copies. The Temenos Archive in Zurich maintains the organic unity of Markopoulos’ films and all related materials, The archive also provides access to the writings of G. J. Markopoulos and R. Beavers and other valuable documents on their work. The 22 film cycles of ENIAIOS which Markopoulos conceived to be presented at the site near Lyssaraia in Arcadia, are currently being restored and printed at Cinema Arts film lab.
Markopoulos’ contributions to film form begin with his earliest work of the 1940s, develop through the subsequent decades, and culminate in ENIAIOS, on which he worked during the final years of his life. His important innovations, such as editing with the smallest unit of film (the single frame), and the simultaneous narrative of past, present, and future, or his most individual use of colour, are all directed towards the representation and resolution of complex emotions. These innovations prefigure many contemporary practices in the arts. The TEMENOS grew out of a need to preserve the films and to create a specific setting in harmony with the work for its presentation. The idea of the TEMENOS, itself, helped to sustain Markopoulos’ vision and allowed him to endure the solitude necessary to realize ENIAIOS over many years. The dangers inherent in such a vision were that his work might have been lost without reaching its public.
In 1980, Gregory J. Markopoulos and Robert Beavers held the first of a series of open-air screenings on the terraced fields near the village of Lyssaraia in the Peloponnese. These screenings took place nearly every year during the 1980’s. Their intention was to present the films in an environment conducive to their full appreciation.
Since the mid-1990’s, the films of Gregory Markopoulos have received renewed public recognition through their exhibition by numerous institutions, including the New York Film Festival 1997; Rotterdam International Film Festival 1999; Istanbul Biennial 1999, Auditorium du Louvre 1998, 2000, and 2002; and the Whitney Museum of American Art 1996 (retrospective exhibition), 1999, and 2000. All events have been coordinated by Robert Beavers through the Temenos Archive. Although Markopoulos’ films are now recognized as highly innovative works of art by the most esteemed film institutions around the world, the ideal setting for his films remains the Peloponnese.
For more information about Temenos, Inc., visit http://www.the-temenos.org

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