LET'S GO UNDERGROUND!
Cult films by Babeth Mondini-VanLoo
Babeth Mondini-VanLoo is one of those rare creatures able to walk through life with an incredible creative inner force which has the beautiful power to imbue everybody and everything on her path with humanism. In her chameleon-like approach to life and art, from her early punk days to her latest Buddhist involvements, she has evidently been inspired by Joseph Beuys credo: ‘no separation between art and life; life is art and art is life.’
This evening is a rare chance to encounter some of her earlier work. The selected films will shine a light on her close involvement with the punk scene, a rich and creative period initiated during her San Francisco years in the late 70’s while working for the magazine Search and Destroy. Armed with a Bolex, she began to film the concerts and interview the punk bands, a practice which continued back in Amsterdam in the 80’s and 90’s.
The films in the program have been recently preserved by the Eye Filmmuseum and will be introduced by curator Simona Monizza (Eye) and Babeth Mondini-VanLoo.
Zaterdag 14 december, 20:30
Let’s Go Underground! Cult films by Babeth Mondini-VanLoo + Q&A
Underground – Circuit du Theatre
Babeth Mondini-VanLoo | 1991 | 10’ | 16mm, bw, sound
EN Filmed in a fall-out shelter underneath the Amsterdam subway, this film depicts Mondini-VanLoo’s personal contribution to the manifestation Circuit du Theatre while maintaining its autonomy as a work of art realised within the filmic medium. The film stars: Oxygen; Maureen Carey; Anna Hay; Grace de la Luna; Zyklus; Koos Roseboom; Toek; Marien van Oers; Reinout Heeck; Paul van Wees; Stefan Wills.
Berlin Wall And The Sex Pistols
Babeth Mondini-VanLoo | 1978 | 15’ | 16mm blow-up, color and bw, optical sound
EN Through her work for the magazine Search and Destroy in San Francisco, Mondini-VanLoo met several prominent punk bands (including the Sex Pistols) whom she interviews and films. Intrigued by Holidays in the Sun, Johnny Rotten’s song about the Berlin Wall, the next time she is in Berlin she clandestinely films the wall and includes edited footage of the Sex Pistol’s last concert with Sid Vicious at Winterland in San Francisco.
Kiss Napoleon Goodbye
Babeth Mondini-VanLoo | 1990 | 35’ | 16mm, color, sound
EN ‘The fiction film Kiss Napoleon Goodbye was a collaboration between singer Lydia Lunch, who wrote the script and acted the main part and myself as director. It was shot in Oud Amelisweerd, a former villa of Louis Napoleon, once king of Holland. All actors were musicians or artists. Singer Huub van der Lubbe played Napoleon and singer Henry Rollins was the male lead actor’ – Babeth Mondini-VanLoo