Peter Weibel's performances differentiate themselves from other actions performed in the 1960s, for instance in Vienna and California, firstly, through their relation to media and secondly, through their relation to politics. His body politics is body critique that is simultaneously a critique of traditional forms of representation as well as identity politics. Unlike classical body artists Weibel did not only search fort he emancipation of the body, for instance through the sexual revolution but liberation from the body in the age of its constructability via media and gene technology. (Peter Weibel)
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Holly Fisher has been active since the mid-sixties as an independent filmmaker, printmaker, teacher, and film editor. Her experimental short works and long-form essay films are explorations in time, memory and perception.
Filmmaker, painter, and multimedia artist, Joyce Wieland (1930–1998) created startlingly original art, influenced by feminism, nationalism, and environmentalism. In 1971 the National Gallery of Canada celebrated Wieland with its first solo show dedicated to a living Canadian woman artist.
Johanne Sloan is Professor of Art History at Concordia University.
In the second enhanced ebook by Editions Light Cone, Rose by Rose Lowder, Lowder explains her unique approach to the film image and shares her experiences over almost half a century of creative work. Allowing the reader to move seamlessly between viewing and reading, the enhanced ebook format permits an in-depth exploration of moving images informed by the artist’s own words. Lowder’s reflections are accompanied by extracts she has selected from each of her films as well as an essay by critic and curator Enrico Camporesi of the Musée nationale d’art moderne in Paris.
The Sublimity of Document: Cinema as Diorama is a collection of in-depth, substantive interviews with moving-image artists working "avant-doc, that is, making films that explore the territory between documentary and experimental cinema.
All of the films collected on this DVD have in common a focused and precise observation of spatial structures. Whether interiors, spaces that have to do with the material or cinematic spaces, whether the city of Calcutta or specific places in Vienna: Sche
Bärbel Neubauer has been creating animation and experimental films since 1980 and composing music and film music since 1991. An Austrian artist living in Germany, Neubauer works in a variety of film mediums including 70mm, 35mm and digital formats. Her practice spans handmade filmmaking techniques of painting and scratching directly on to celluloid through to digital 3D abstract animation.
\"This film splendidly develops the main traits of Brakhage‚\' s films: no hero, visual sensuality, fluidity of movement and montage, a passion for color.\"
Scott MacDonald explores the cinematic territory between the traditional categories of "documentary" and "avant-garde" film, through candid, in-depth conversations with filmmakers whose work has challenged these categories. Arranged in an imaginative chronology and written to be accessible to any film-interested reader, the interviews in Avant-Doc chart half a century of thinking by inventive filmmakers such as Robert Gardner, Ed Pincus, Alfred Guzzetti, Ross McElwee, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Michael Glawogger, Susana de Sousa Dias, Jonathan Caouette, Pawel Wojtasik, and Todd Haynes. Recent breakthroughs by Amie Siegel, Jane Gillooly, Jennifer Proctor, Betzy Bromberg, and Godfrey Reggio are discussed; and considerable attention is paid to Harvard's innovative Sensory Ethnography Lab, producer of Sweetgrass, Leviathan, and Manakamana. A rare interview with pioneering scholar Annette Michelson begins Avant-Doc's meta-conversation.