Anemic Cinema (2160x1023)
Anémic Cinéma (1926)

Presented by Fed Square with the support of ACMI & Insite Arts

Surreal Shorts with live score by Peter Knight & Dũng Nguyễn

Unclassified (All Ages)


Tue 20 Feb 2024

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Join us out in Fed Square as we breakout of the confines of filmmaking convention with these silent shorts that fuse together Surrealism, Dadaism, and broader twentieth century experimental practice to bizarre effect. For the first time, musicians Dung Nguyen and Peter Knight present their new jazz scores to these works live on stage.

Meshes of the Afternoon

Dir. Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid, 1943, USA, 14 mins.

A residential streetscape intersects with the protagonist's dreamscape in Maya Deren's seminal mid-century experimental film.

Anémic Cinéma

Dir. Marcel Duchamp, 1926, France, 7 mins.

Through a series of shots of spiral patterns in motion, optical illusions transcend the confines of the two-dimensional in one of Marcel Duchamp's modernist masterpieces.

L'étoile de mer (The Starfish)

Dir. Man Ray, 1928, France, 21 mins.

Inspired by a poem written by famed Surrealist Robert Desnos, Man Ray directs a parade of moments in a couple's lives that flow together with woozy effect.


This very special outdoor screening and performance is free to attend. Arrive early to grab a deckchair or bring your own chair or picnic rug.

Event duration

60 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Free. No tickets required, drop by.


Digital Facade (Big Screen)
Fed Square, Melbourne

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About Peter Knight

In recent years Peter has emerged as a significant international force in contemporary music, with commissions, collaborations, and performances with artists including, Anthony Braxton (USA), as a soloist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Nicole Lizée (Canada), Hand to Earth (Arnhem Land/Korea), Senyawa (Indonesia), Baliphonics (Sri Lanka), and Alvin Lucier (USA). His most recent release is a solo record on ROOM40, Shadow Phase, which was named among Best Releases of 2022 by Headphone Commute.

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