Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam by Delugan Meissl opens with the exhibition Found Footage

5 April - 3 June 2012

EYE opens on April 5th 2012 with Found Footage: Cinema Exposed. The exhibition and accompanying film program reveals how artists and filmmakers utilize the virtually inexhaustible reservoir of images that can be found in film archives, on Internet, TV and DVD. This found footage serves as raw material with which they make new works and give new meaning to existing moving pictures. Participants include Douglas Gordon, Bruce Conner, Aernout Mik and Matthias Müller.
The exhibition presents fifteen works of art and installations. In total, it takes up an area of 1200 m2 and can best be described as a landscape of freestanding projection screens, monitors, flat screens and 16mm projections in which the rattling projector is also a component of the work.
Found Footage: Cinema Exposed elucidates the historical use of found visual material and examines the complex techniques and motivations with which the makers analyze the “grammar” of the moving picture.
The exhibition is in keeping with a tradition at EYE of presenting archive material in a new context; in the eighties and nineties, EYE – then still the Filmmuseum – took the lead in inviting filmmakers to make new films from unknown film fragments from the collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by a film program and 264-page publication with texts by Tom Gunning and exhibition curator Jaap Guldemond among others.

The Vienna office of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects has translated EYE Film Institute Netherlands into a remarkable design that has been received with enthusiasm by the press and public alike. EYE is the first major arts institution to make the leap over the IJ, and it’s here that the Institute will grow into an inspiring cultural meeting place.
EYE’s new location will feature four modern film auditoriums: one with 300 seats, two with 120 seats and one with 80 seats. There is ample room for exhibitions, educational activities and other events. Workrooms, a film lab, a shop and a café complete EYE’s headquarters. The terrace will offer a great view over the water. EYE’s new location is in Overhoeks, Amsterdam’s new urban district named after the prominent Overhoeks Tower on the former Shell research site.