As Hollis Frampton's photographs and celebrated experimental films were testing the boundaries of the camera arts in the 1960s and 1970s, his provocative and highly literate writings were attempting to establish an intellectually resonant form of discourse for these critically underexplored fields. It was a time when artists working in diverse disciplines were beginning to pick up cameras and produce films and videotapes, well before these practices were understood or embraced by institutions of contemporary art.
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What does it mean for film and video to be experimental? In this collection of essays framed by the concept “ex-”—meaning from, outside, and no longer—Akira Mizuta Lippit explores the aesthetic, technical, and theoretical reverberations of avant-garde film and video. Ex-Cinema is a sustained reflection on the ways in which experimental media artists move outside the conventions of mainstream cinema and initiate a dialogue on the meaning of cinema itself.
Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos contains some ninety out-of-print or previously unavailable articles by the Greek-American filmmaker who, as a contemporary of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, was at the forefront of a movement that established a truly independent form of cinema. Beginning with his early writings on the American avant-garde and auteurs such as Dreyer, Bresson and Mizoguchi, it also features numerous essays on Markopoulos’ own practice, and on films by Robert Beavers, that were circulated only in journals, self-published editions or programme notes. The texts become increasingly metaphysical and poetic as the filmmaker pursued his ideal of Temenos, an archive and screening space to be located at a remote site in the Peloponnese where his epic final work could be viewed in harmony with the Greek landscape. Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992) is a unique figure in film history, whose life’s work stands in testament to his strength of vision and commitment to the medium.
Edited by Mark Webber, with a foreword by P. Adams Sitney
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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.
Barbara Hammer is an American feminist artist known as a pioneer of queer experimental and documentary film. In concert with an exhibition of her work at the Leslie Homan Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, this volume seeks to celebrate the depth and expanse of Hammer’s five decades of art making.
Recently restored by the UCLA Film Archive, Kenneth Anger\'s difficult-to-see early films are finally collected here onto DVD, alongside optional fascinating commentary by Anger himself.
Stephanie Maxwell has been creating stunningly beautiful and original experimental animation for over twenty years. As a film artist who specializes in hand painting and engraving directly onto the surface of 35mm film stock, Maxwell employs a wide vari
Directed in 1927 by Germaine DULAC and scripted by Antonin Artaud, The Seashell and the Clergyman is generally considered to be the first Surrealist film: a key element of French cultural heritage. This box set is all the more welcome for the fact that th
The film is divided into five parts, which differ in the visual and musical structure of each other. The plot - it is about two women and their love for each other is of secondary importance.
A 3 disc set of select short, experimental, un-dependent and personal films from around the world that were featured in April, 2011 at Experiments in Cinema V6.3 film festival (see www.experimentsincinema.com for more information on this annual New Mexico film festival) is now available on EBAY. Note that all proceeds will be invested in ensuring the success of next year's festival. THANKS! to all the artists who donated their work to this promotional compilation - It is your generosity and support that keeps us going!