Vermland (basement), Vermlandsgade 61, 2300 Copenhagen S
Welcome to the book launch of Filmögon's latest publication VAMPYR by Jakob Ohrt on March 26th at Vermlandsgade 61, 17:30. Along with the publication, a reading by Rasmus R. Streith from his essay featured in the publication and a photograph by Jakob Ohrt are presented. The evening will also feature Tony Conrad's Joan of Arc, a shelved soundtrack to a 1967 film by Piero Heliczer with the same title. The publication will be available the whole evening, in both a Swedish and English edition, for a special price.
The doors open at 18:00. At 18:30 VAMPYR is introduced by Filmögon & Jakob Ohrt, followed by a reading from the publication with Rasmus R. Streith.
The publication is based on images of the original set models of Carl Th. Dreyer’s film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928). The models were handmade by the art director Hermann Warm and are now stored in the archives of The Danish Film Institute. Using an early digital camera, which transfers images directly to a DVD format, the artist Jakob Ohrt has documented the set models in a 16:9 aspect ratio, giving the impression that they are stills from a film. Accompanying the grainy digital images is an essay written by the artist Rasmus R. Streith. Together, text and images form a work of fiction with the models as protagonists and the archive as the set, an archeology of cinematic ruins, forgotten objects and memories. The publication lends its title from another film by Carl Th. Dreyer and as Jakob Ohrt himself puts it: "Vampyr (Vampire) because Joan of Arc is immortal. Because the project exists by sucking the blood of an existing work. Because the vampire as a character, like Joan of Arc, goes hand in hand with film history. A found title for a found set. A neglected corpse, hidden away in a coffin."
The publication is 72 pages and is designed and edited in collaboration with Åbäke. VAMPYR is supported by Kulturrådet, Svensk-danska kulturfonden and Fondet for Dansk-Svensk Samarbejde.