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El helicóptero

Dora García

video, color, 16:9, Basque & Spanish spoken, English subtitles, BE/ES, 2016, 23’10”

Happening by Oscar Masotta, 16 July 1966
Happening again and filmed by Dora García, 12 September 2015

In 1966 Argentinian author, critic and psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta organised three happenings (or anti-happenings). These happenings still surprise us today because of their handling of audience, events, signs, narratives and haunting. We feel contemporary to this peculiar handling or perhaps not quite yet. El helicóptero is the first chapter of a larger film titled Segunda Vez which dwells on the idea of “happening again”, not only with respect to re-enactment, but even more so in the context of fantastic literature, visionary fiction and alternative history.

For more details, check Segunda Vez.

Camera Vincent Pinckaers
Editing Dora Garcia & Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Actors Itsaso Arana, Rosa Rojo, Blanca López de Sabando, Félix Flores, Gorka Lariz, Jokin Suarez, Josune Azurmendi & Alejandro López
Sound recording Bruno Schweisguth
Sound design & mixing Laszlo Umbreit at Herculeslab
Color grading Fairuz
Co-commissioned by LUX and Independent Cinema Office, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by TABAKALERA
With the support of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, KASK / School of Arts Gent, Atelier Graphoui & LUCA School of Arts

El helicóptero has been on display at the following locations:

MEER Gent, (BE) Sunday, Aug 26 2018 kunstmuseum Trondheim, (NO) May 26–Sep 16 2018 Reina Sofia Madrid, (ES) Apr 18–Sep 3 2018 Macba Barcelona, (ES) Mar 23–Sep 11 2018 Beirut Art Center Beirut, (LB) Apr 12–Jun 4 2017 MUAC Mexico, (MX) Apr 6–Aug 13 2017 Sala de Arte Joven Madrid, (ES) Mar 29–May 21 2017 Playground Leuven, (BE) Nov 17–Nov 20 2016 Crossroads London, (GB) Oct 6–Oct 9 2016 LUXPLAYER London, (GB) Oct 1–Oct 31 2016 National Academy of Arts Oslo, (NO) Friday, Sep 30 2016 Biennial Gwangju, (KR) Sep 1–Sep 9 2016 Contemporary Arts Cinema Dundee, (GB) Aug 19–Aug 25 2016 MK Gallery Milton Keyness, (GB) Thursday, Jul 28 2016 Film Festival Hull, (GB) Wednesday, Jun 29 2016 Loop Fair Barcelona, (ES) Jun 2–Jun 4 2016 Regent Street Cinema London, (GB) May 13–May 14 2016 HOME Manchester, (GB) Apr 8–Apr 30 2016 Queen's Film Theatre Belfast, (GB) Apr 5–Apr 7 2016 Hyde Park Picture House Leeds, (GB) Apr 1–Apr 7 2016 Rio Cinema London, (GB) Apr 1–Apr 7 2016 Chapter Cardiff, (GB) Mar 25–Mar 31 2016 Eden Court Theatre Inverness, (GB) Mar 11–Mar 17 2016 Arnolfini Bristol, (GB) Saturday, Mar 5 2016 JW3 London, (GB) Feb 26–Mar 3 2016 Arts Picturehouse Cambridge, (GB) Feb 22–Feb 25 2016 Duke of York's Picturehouse Brighton, (GB) Feb 19–Mar 2 2016 Clapham Picturehouse London, (GB) Feb 19–Feb 25 2016 Harbour Lights Picturehouse Southampton, (GB) Feb 13–Feb 18 2016 East Dulwich Picturehouse East Dulwich, (GB) Feb 12–Mar 16 2016 Little Theatre Cinema Baths, (GB) Feb 12–Mar 10 2016 Duke's at Komedia Brighton, (GB) Feb 12–Feb 25 2016 Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool, (GB) Feb 12–Feb 25 2016 City Screen York York, (GB) Feb 12–Feb 25 2016 Regal Picturehouse Henley-on-Thames, (GB) Feb 12–Feb 15 2016 Tate Britain London, (GB) Monday, Feb 8 2016 Tabakalera San Sebastian, (ES) Saturday, Dec 19 2015