These conversations about Spin / Verso / Contour complement the essay by Maja Naef, which was released by Revolver Publishing in 2012 as Film as Corporeal Exposition – On Spin / Verso / Contour by Hannes Schüpbach. Each of these conversations comes to different conclusions about this work, which by definition treats film as both fragmentary and gestural. Film can articulate a real encounter; it can reflect a memory, or it can become an exhibition – as expanded cinema – or a spatiality that draws the viewer in.
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40 Super 8 films from one of avant guarde cinemas overlooked masters, Joseph Bernard. Shot in Detroit + Provincetown 1975 to 85, these films have had no prior release, finally existing as a 2K scanned Blu-Ray edition of 6 hours. A full color 24 page booklet with critical assessments, past show announcements and historic context included. Bernard, a student of Stan Brakhage, worked and taught film in Detroit before returning to painting in 1986. A Beneath Detroit Project and release of Geodesic Disques - geodesic.tv
Re:Voir Video is proud to announce the DVD release of the first film compilation by French structural film-artist Christian Lebrat. The films, made between 1976 and 1985, represent the seminal work of the filmmaker and photographer, himself an important figure in experimental French filmmaking.
Christian Lebrat, born in 1952 in Paris, is an internationally acclaimed artist with a career spanning over 30 years. He is a filmmaker, video artist, performance artist and photographer, as well as a publisher, curator and writer.
This 3-volume set brings together for the first time the complete film works of Jack Chambers (1931-78), largely regarded as one of Canada’s most important visual artists. With a well-established career as a painter, he embarked on a short-lived but significant career as a filmmaker in the mid-1960s. Chambers’ artistic practice was described as “perceptual realism” and stood in counterpoint to the dominant abstract styles of his day. He completed five films in his lifetime.
A DVD+book boxset containing four restored films by Gunvor Nelson and a 124-page book of interviews and critical articles by Julie Savelli.
The Swedish-American artist Gunvor Nelson figures among the most important experimental filmmakers of her generation. Her work considerably influenced the New American Cinema at the end of the 1960s, as much by its themes (women, the body, memory, dreams) as by its formal investigations (animation, collage, found footage).
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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"Caldini emphasizes the idea of cinema as an activity of absolutely direct vision—an idea that, far from reclaimed by certain realist agendas, has always been, consciously or not, at the heart of the avant-garde."
"Anyone who has seen Caldini in action can confirm that his work environment privileges calm over agitation and reflection over continuous action. His body of work, based on anti-despair, appears eternal, dematerialized, and transcendent in the sense that its virtues and its beauty seem to reach far and beyond, and it seems to have existed since the beginning of time."
Contains Tabula Smaragdina (1996-2010), Arktis (2004), Yamanote Lightblast (2006), Zagreb Tram Station (2009) and Liquid movements (2011).
ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009 is a compilation of groundbreaking electronic media work by 100 artists who have worked in the Center's Residency Program during the last 40 years.
Devotional Cinema, reprised from filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky's lecture on religion and cinema at Princeton University, is a rare treasure of penetrating insight into the language of film. In a compelling style, somewhere between a Zen koan and a Victorian love story, Devotional Cinema makes the case for mindful viewing as a transcendent experience. In the process, Dorsky reflects upon the role of filmmaking in faith, prayer, pleasure, and the renewal of the human spirit. For Dorsky, the material nature of film illuminates a path to devotion. Devotional Cinema is a guide for makers and viewers who, like Dorsky, seek the 'elemental glory' of film." Kathleen Tyner (author of Literacy in A Digital World)