Various Difficulties

November 19, 2012By RyszardRyszard Dabek

Shot on Super-8 in downtown Newcastle NSW, Various Difficulties is an exercise in communication with the past and its ghosts.  Featuring a soundtrack by Sydney based musician John Encarnacao the film is a fragment of a larger amorphous project titled Dissolution that seeks to uncover the submerged psychic fabric of the city. There are memories here, largely obscured and forgotten but still visible to those who look. Various Difficulties screened as part of the Sound Summit Cinema Loops program  at various venues in Newcastle, 27/9 – 30/9/12.

Various Difficulties from Ryszard Dabek on Vimeo.

Film Stills From Westerns

October 15, 2012By AndrewAndrew Robards

Film Stills From Westerns is a ongoing research project designed to discover and examine the visual patterns that occur within The Western film genre.

By compiling film stills from Westerns this archival project hopes to develop a visual database which will act as a sort of map, examining how the repetition of cinematic images generates visual mythologies. 

On Landscape

October 15, 2012By AndrewAndrew Robards

On Landscape is a single channel video-loop by Sydney-based artist Andrew Robards that explores the presence of landscape in the Western. It is part of a larger body of work that Robards is pursuing that deals with the Western genre in historical cinema and its relation to contemporary culture. By repeating film stills and arranging them into geometric patterns it transforms a single linear image into an abstract multiple, examining how the repetition found in cinematic imagery creates composite visual mythologies.


September 29, 2012By RyszardGeoff Weary

LIGHT/STRIKE (an open window) is one of a series of short works created and recorded with the use of an original Sony Porta-Pak camera system, circa 1975. The unique properties of the camera render the subject matter of the film as a fragile, vaporous presence. Light/Strike was screend at the sydney Underground Film Festival on September 12 2012 as part of the Material Affection program.

LIGHT/STRIKE (an open window) from Strange Cities Productions on Vimeo.

Optimum Viewing Distance

September 14, 2012By RyszardRyszard Dabek

Ryszard Dabek
Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown 27/4  – 13/5/12

Optimum Viewing Distance is an exercise in cinematic archaeology that uses a series of feature films shot in London in the 1960s as a psychic roadmap. The title refers to a sense of historical and geographical remove as well as the placement of the viewer within the installation. The installation consists of a series of specially constructed viewing boxes that occupy an uncertain formal space; somewhere between minimalist sculpture and pre-cinematic viewing devices.Each box houses a short film shot on super-8 in London during December 2011. Each of these films revisits the location where an iconic 1960s film was shot. The films: Repulsion, Clockwork Orange and Blow-up are inextricably tied to a particular location: Kensington Mansions, Thamesmead and Maryon Park. These locations are re-imagined through a pictorial and structural approach more aligned to the vagaries of memory and the logic of dreams than the narrative confines of the original films.

Optimum Viewing Distance on the I.C.A.N. website:


August 4, 2012By RyszardARTISTS: SCA

A list of the artists from Sydney College of the Arts currently involved in the Re:cinema project:

Jade Boyd
Ella Condon
Ryszard Dabek
Clare Ferra
Angela Garrick
Emma Hicks
Jai McKenzie
Salvatore Panatteri
Stefan Popsecu
Andrew Robards
Adam Sébire
Geoff Weary