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Public Domain Day

The Public Domain Day is celebrating works of art which enter into the public domain because their copyrights have expired. These works can be freely enjoyed, used, changed, republished by everybody. Worldwide, this The Public Domain Day is celebrated on the first of January, and this year we celebrate, with a slight delay, the works of authors and artists who died in 1944. In Brussels, the Public Domain Day is celebrated by a yearly event that is organised by Constant, CRIDS (Centre de Recherche Informatique et Droit, FUNDP Namur), Cinema Nova and the Royal Library of Belgium.

The afternoon takes place at the Royal Library and is dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the writer of Le Petit Prince. He
is a special case because he ’died for the fatherland’ and that delivered him a copyright extension of 30 years according to the French law. In Belgium as in the rest of the world, his work is free of rights since 1th January 2015.

The evening programme takes place at Cinema Nova.

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Workshop

Krazy Cut

Hands on comics workshop around George Herriman / Krazy Kat with Stéphane Noël, Pascal Matthey and other comic artists. Erwin Dejasse will contextualise the work of Herriman.

We know Krazy Kat thanks to the expressive powers of the drawings in and the strangeness of the universe in which he appears. His arrival in the public domain is the occasion to dissect the talent of the comic artist George Herriman and we do this literally: with scalpel and glue.

Together with whoever feels like joining them, Stéphane Noël, Pascal Matthey and some other comic writers will throw themselves at this with dedication. On the programme: savage remounting cutting and pasting of strips, complete removal of personages from a drawing, rewriting of gags using the text of The Little Prince of de Saint-Exupéry.

A printer and photocopier and a selection of strips allow us to improvise on the spot. The resulting works will be micro-difused in fanzine form and published on the collaborative website www.grandpapier.org.

Art historian Erwin Dejasse, who is specialised in comics, will contextualise this extra ordinary work.

07.02 > 18:00
Free


Performance

Botopera

Performance "The death of the Authors, 1943 / Le Charme discret de la botoisie/The Discrete Charm of the Botoisie"

Fats Waller, Nicolas Tesla, Beatrix Potter, Sergei Rachmaninov and Henri La Fontaine are some of the many artists who have left this world during the second world war. These authors will be reanimated in the form of a "chatbot": a small software program that automatically intervenes in a chat conversation pretending to be human. The bots, the public, the printers and the projected images work together in this interactive performance.

With : BotsWaller, NICKola tesla, Beatrix Plotter, Rachmanibot, henrIRC lafontaine & their plotters.

+ Monsieur Fantomas

Ernst Moerman, 1937, BE, 35mm > video, silent, , 17'

Sreening of "Monsieur Fantomas" by Ernst Moerman (1937) with an introduction by Geraldine Cierzniewski of the Cinematek.

07.02 > 20:00
Free


Live Soundtrack

Inferno

Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro, 1911, IT, 35mm, silent, st int it fr nl, 71'

Live Soundtrack by Jean-Philippe Salou and Benjamin Chaval on Italy’s first long feature film, "Inferno" (1911) based on Dante’s work.

Inferno is considered to be the first Italian feature film. It is an adaptation of the first verse of Dantes Divina Comedia. Its ambition was to elevate cinema from the context of funny fairs to the level of the high arts. Composed of impressive scene’s that are inspired by the graphics of Gustave Doré, "Inferno" surprises with its liberty and by the recurring display of nude bodies. Thanks to the many visual tricks, double exposures and superimpositions, the film stunned spectators at the time. Without a doubt seeing the film today will still be a spectacular experience.

07.02 > 21:30
Free


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