This definitive volume of texts by Canadian writer and media artist Mike Cartmell includes a collection of essays written across three decades that examine reading and desire. Lacan, Blanchot, Sebald and Melville lead the charge. In his later years Mike developed a unique and unusual essay style, making ample use of quotations and multiple voices, weighing in on fringe media moments with an exuberant experimentalism.
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This book offers an oral history collage of Toronto’s underground movie collective called the Funnel. Between 1977-89 they built four theatres, fought censorship, made artist’s films, published catalogues, ran an art gallery, showed and distributed movies from around the world. Here at last is the story told by people who were there.
Legendary—yes, infamous--experimental filmmaker Paul Sharits comes to life in two ways in 'I Was a Flawed Modernist': Collected Writings of and Stories about Paul Sharits. A cinema studies page turner, one section of this book features oral histories of the colorful artist, many of which come from artists of their own renown such as Carolee Schneemann, Robert Longo and Tony Conrad. The other section offers all of Sharits' available writings, many of them—including letters to Stan Brakhage and Henry Holmes Smith--previously unpublished.
The celebrated critic and film scholar Annette Michelson saw the avant-garde filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s as radically redefining and extending the Modernist tradition of painting and sculpture, and in essays that were as engaging as they were influential and as lucid as they were learned, she set out to demonstrate the importance of the underappreciated medium of film. On the Eve of the Future collects more than thirty years’ worth of those essays, focusing on her most relevant engagements with avant-garde production in experimental cinema, particularly with
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Ways of Worldmaking is the first comprehensive monograph on British experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers (born 1972). In recent years, Rivers has been celebrated as one of the most important experimental filmmakers of his generation. The series of exhibitions collected in this book explore the diversity and breadth of his work. Often following people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds.
Un recueil de textes de chercheurs, d'artistes et de critiques explorant les relations que la filmographie de Morgan Fisher entretient avec les nombreux autres domaines de création de l'artiste et cinéaste américain.
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In a career spanning five decades, Robert Beavers has distinguished himself as one of the most important American avant-garde filmmakers. From My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure, his cycle of 18 films made across Europe since 1967, to Pitcher of Colored Light (2007) and The Suppliant (2010), intimate portraits shot in the U.S., Beavers has produced a deeply original film language framed by his use of colored filters and mattes.
Dóra Maurer once said that the theme central to her work is “movement in respect to the conceptual and factual effects of displacement”. And indeed, her extensive oeuvre produced since the end of the 1960s consistently documents movement and displacement, specifically with regard to systematics and structurality.
A crucial figure in 1960s-70s avant-garde film, Paul Sharits was a pioneer of structuralist cinema, an approach to filmmaking that emphasizes and explores the formal dimensions and physical properties specific to the medium. A deeply committed and visionary artist, Sharits began exploring the potential of the single frame and the flicker effect in the mid-1960s, and continued to make many films that took as their subject the filmstrip itself.
Bearbeitungsklappe [Editing Flap] is a book of drawings. It is also a piece of experimental video art. The book consists of ninety-five drawings that resulted from editing a video recorded through the letterbox of the artist's house in Niederbrechen, Germany. Each drawing in the publication shows an edited version of twenty-four events that took place while the video was being recorded, such as people returning from trips to the shops, cars transporting their owners to work or a cat going about its daily business.