Vertical Cinema at Stedelijk Amsterdam 20-23 February

At the end of this month, Vertical Cinema will move on to Stedelijk Amsterdam. Early bird tickets for a reduced price now on sale at the Sonic Acts shop.

During the four days, expanded lectures & workshops will accompany the impressive screenings of the ten Vertical Cinema-works.

After two spectacular, sold-out screenings at the 2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it was hailed as one of the highlights of the entire festival, Vertical Cinema comes to Amsterdam. The programme, comprising ten new 35mm films for a vertical Cinemascope screen, will be presented at the Stedelijk Museum over four consecutive nights.


With abstract imagery, adventurous formal experiments, found footage, live laser action captured on film, immersive soundscapes and new compositions, this event is a treat for the eyes and ears. Each day a renowned international expert will present a lecture that expands on the history of vertical cinema and other experiments with the moving image in film and modern art.

Vertical Cinema is screened at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from Thursday, 20 to Sunday, 23 February 2014. With works by Joost Rekveld, Tina Frank, Johan Lurf, Björn Kämmerer, Manuel Knapp, Esther Urlus, Billy Roisz / Dieter Kovačič, Rosa Menkman, Makino Takashi / Telcosystems, and Gert-Jan Prins / Martijn van Boven.

Screenings at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: programme schedule

Thursday, 20 February
20:00: Lecture by Philippe-Alain Michaud
22:00: Vertical Cinema screening
Philippe-Alain Michaud is film curator at the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris.

Friday, 21 February
16:00: Lecture by Noam Elcott
18:00: Vertical Cinema screening
Noam M. Elcott (Columbia University, NY) specialises in the history of modern art and media in Europe and North America, with an emphasis on photography and film. He has published essays about James Welling, Man Ray, Moholy-Nagy, the London Film-Makers’ Co-op, and others, and is currently working on a book, provisionally entitled Artificial Darkness: An Art and Media History, 1876-1930.

Saturday, 22 February
16:00: Lecture by Erica Balsom
18:00: Vertical Cinema screening
Erica Balsom lectures in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at the Film Studies Department, King’s College, London, and is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013).

Sunday, 23 February
16:00: Lecture by Bart Rutten
18:00: Vertical Cinema screening
Bart Rutten has been collection curator department of paintings and sculpture at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2008. His work as a curator covers the whole field of the visual arts, with special attention for film and video art, conceptual art and installation art.

Buy tickets in advance now to benefit from a reduced entrance fee.

Experience Vertical Cinema at home by ordering the Vertical Cinema publication at It is also sold in the Stedelijk Museum’s bookshop.