The 1970s was an enormously creative period for experimental film. Its innovations and debates have had far-reaching and long-lasting influence, with a resurgence of interest in the decade revealed by new gallery events, film screenings and social networks that recognise its achievements. Professor Laura Mulvey, and writer/director Sue Clayton, bring together journalists and scholars at the cutting edge of research into 1970s radical cinema for this collection.
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Slow Writing is a collection of articles by Thom Andersen that reflect on the avant-garde, Hollywood feature films, and contemporary cinema. His critiques of artists and filmmakers as diverse as Yasujirō Ozu, Nicholas Ray, Andy Warhol, and Christian Marclay locate their work within the broader spheres of popular culture, politics, history, architecture, and the urban landscape. The city of Los Angeles and its relationship to film is a recurrent theme.
Art theory has always had a major component in writing, or the illustration of the artists’ own ideas around their trajectory and working methods. To be more specific, writing has been a way for artists to ponder on their own activity, to identify certain trends they felt close to, to articulate a reflection on a given medium and challenge preconceived ideas.
This book explores music/sound-image relationships in non-mainstream screen repertoire from the earliest examples of experimental audiovisuality to the most recent forms of expanded and digital technology. It challenges presumptions of visual primacy in experimental cinema and rethinks screen music discourse in light of the aesthetics of non-commercial imperatives.
“Approaching the Exquisite Corpus” was an alternative title we considered for this DVD release. It would have indicated how the films introduced here from my early Super 8 phase already evidence an artistically consistent path leading to my most recent production to date, The Exquisite Corpus, and highlighted my endeavor since the 1980s to make the specific qualities of the analog film medium sensuously tangible in the form of “exquisite ecstasies”.
Warsztat Formy Filmowej is a Polish-English publication edited by Marika Kuźmicz and Łukasz Ronduda.
The book is a compilation of the achievements of Warsztat Formy Filmowej, which was an avant-garde group operating at the Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT im. L. Schillera) between 1970 and 1977.
«Me gustan las cosas que están fuera de control. En cierto punto, el artista se pondrá firme, detendrá al medio y lo domesticará, utilizándolo para cultivar los campos de su propia imaginación. Pero, por el momento, el toro corre a su antojo. (…) Las corrientes que avanzan entre nosotros y que los artistas externalizan han madurado, contienen múltiples impulsos y brotan efusivamente, de forma incontrolable y hasta ahora desconocida. Hasta los artistas de vanguardia, sentados junto al público, se sorprenden y repiten: “¿Qué demonios está pasando?”.»
This is the inspiring story of The Flaherty, one of the oldest continuously running nonprofit media arts institutions in the world, which has shaped the development of independent film, video, and emerging forms in the United States over the past 60 years. Combining the words of legendary independent filmmakers with a detailed history of The Flaherty, Patricia R. Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald showcase its history and legacy, amply demonstrating how the relationships created at the annual Flaherty seminar have been instrumental in transforming American media history.
The artists included on these discs have donated their work to EIC. Experiments in Cinema is a volunteer-run festival so all proceeds from sales go directly into ensuring the continuation of EIC. Be the first on your block to collect the whole set of DVDs!
Stan Brakhage’s body of work counts as one of the most important within post-war avant-garde cinema, and yet it has rarely been given the attention it deserves. Over the years, though, diverse and original reflections have developed, distancing his figure little by little from critical categories. This collection of newly commissioned essays, plus some important reprinted work, queries some of the consensus on Brakhage’s films. In particular, many of these essays revolve around the controversial issues of representation and perception.