Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel Eisenberg: The Unstable Object

"Daniel Eisenberg's films are celluloid tapestries woven together out of histories and memories, night and day, daily life and reflection…"       
- Ulrike Ottinger


"The cinema of Daniel Eisenberg makes the present waiver. These rigorously formal films are timepieces that are at once documents of the dynamic present, and an interrogation of the meanings produced from the materials our culture uses to connect to the flow of time." 
– Jeffrey Skoller

Jack H. Skirball Series

What do a luxury automobile, a wall clock, and a cymbal have in common? Daniel Eisenberg’s (Persistence, Something More Than Night) latest film, The Unstable Object (2011) is an elegant and visually sensual essay on contemporary models of production. Interested in the ways “things” affect both producer and consumer, Eisenberg travels to a Volkswagen factory in Dresden, Germany, where individualized cars are hand-built by high-tech specialists; to Chicago Lighthouse Industries, where blind workers produce wall clocks for government offices; and to a deafening cymbal factory in Istanbul, Turkey, where sought-after cymbals are cast and hammered by hand, exactly as they were 400 years ago. Through sequences sympathetic to each site and subject that highlight the senses of sight, sound, and touch, The Unstable Object quietly probes the relationships our global economy creates among individuals around the world.

In person: Daniel Eisenberg

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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THU 3/22
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff