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Alternative Visions

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
7:30 p.m. The Unstable Object
Daniel Eisenberg (U.S./Germany/Turkey, 2011)

West Coast Premiere
Introduction / Jeffrey Skoller
In Person / Daniel Eisenberg


On the occasion of the release of the book POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg, edited by Jeffrey Skoller, PFA presents the West Coast premiere of Eisenberg's latest film The Unstable Object.

What do a luxury automobile, a wall clock, and the cymbal have in common? Daniel Eisenberg's latest film, The Unstable Object, is an elegant and visually sensual essay on contemporary models of production. Interested in the way things affect both producer and consumer, Eisenberg travels to a state-of-the-art Volkswagen factory in Dresden, Germany, where shoppers look on as their individualized cars are hand-built by high-tech specialists; to Chicago Lighthouse Industries, where blind workers produce wall clocks for federal government offices; and to a deafening cymbal factory in Istanbul, where today's most sought-after cymbals are cast and hammered by hand, exactly as they were four hundred years ago. Each location highlights one of the senses of sight, sound, and touch. The Unstable Object quietly probes the relationships our global economy creates between individuals around the world.

Over the last three decades, Eisenberg has forged a unique body of films that has become internationally recognized for connecting the traditions of the personal avant-garde film and historical documentary.

On Thursday, November 3, Daniel Eisenberg will present his 1997 film Persistence at San Francisco Cinematheque.

After the screening, Jeffrey Skoller and Daniel Eisenberg will sign copies of POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg, a collection of essays edited by Skoller. The book features essays by some of the most respected writers of contemporary film and media art, including Raymond Bellour, Nora Alter, Tom Gunning, Skoller and Christa Blümlinger. The book is the first survey of Eisenberg's work, placing it in the context of contemporary theory and experimental media practice.

—Kelly Shindler

• (69 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist)