The Dóra Maurer and the Béla Balázs Studio two-day film series surveys the short films made by visual artists working in Budapest in the last two decades of Hungary’s socialist era. It primarily focuses on the work that was produced and distributed by the Béla Balázs Studio (BBS), a former state-sponsored filmmaking facility. In 1973, the studio began granting membership and resources to artists and composers who had no previous experience making films. This invitation came as part of the BBS’s Film Language Series, which was aimed at investigating the tools, techniques and structure of film through experimental filmmaking. This platform enabled visual artists such as Dóra Maurer to make to create inventive works that could not have found official support in the art context.
This screening presents three of the films Dóra Maurer made as part of the BBS’s Film Language Series and its later development, the K/3 group. Much like the films on display in Tate Modern’s free Dóra Maurer exhibition, these films explore aspects of filmmaking such as camera movement, duration and the film frame.
Maurer’s films are paired with works by artist and animator Ágnes Háy and the late artist and filmmaker Gábor Bódy, who initiated the Film Language Series. Together the programme explores the ways in which these artists expanded the tradition of structuralist filmmaking.
Gábor Bódy, Four Bagatelles [Hungary] 1975, 35mm, black and white, sound, 28 min, Hungarian with English subtitles
Dóra Maurer, Triolets No. 1 [Hungary] 1977, 16mm, black and white, sound, 15 min
Ágnes Háy, Metronom [Hungary] c.1980, 16mm, black and white, silent, 3 min
Dóra Maurer, Inter-Images 1–3 [Hungary] 1989–90, 16mm, colour, sound, 17 min
Dóra Maurer and Zoltán Jeney, Kalah [Hungary] 1980, 35mm transferred to digital, colour, sound 10 min