The CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music will explore the theories, histories and practices of Visual Music. It features two days of talks and presentations from international scholars, artists, students, curators and researchers (August 14-15), plus a final half day of special sessions. Set in Sonoma County’s wine country, the symposium also features several special events.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, August 16, 2018 (All day)
Thirteen rare films featuring pre-computer abstraction, using a variety of techniques including early oscilloscope experiments, color organs, hand-drawn sound, animation drawn directly on film, painted scrolls, and optical printing. Films from the archive of Center for Visual Music.
Richard “dr.” Baily and John Buchanan: experiments in spore presents three personal art films by Baily, a Hollywood computer graphics visionary (from Tron to Fight Club, Solaris and more), assisted by John Buchanan. It features xtacism (2005), aura (2007), and Baily's Nightwaves (1977), made at Cal Arts. aura was completed posthumously by John Buchanan. Music by Richard Baily.
"These pieces are meant to be environmental background "fill" intended to enhance the space that people inhabit, and not be the foreground element in anyone's awareness, like ambient music, you can check in on it, and leave it for awhile, and check into it again with a different level of focus and concentration, and then leave it again..." - Richard "dr" Baily
Robert Seidel’s work “is an immersive experience, a sensuous dip into light, color, movement, sound and change” - Los Angeles Times
Seidel, who studied at the Bauhaus University Weimar, creates video installations, media façades and experimental films. Seidel pushes the boundaries of abstraction to the sublime and organic through his approaches drawn from scientific visual analysis and digital extensions of painting and sculpture. The DVD collects his major films, videos and documentation from his projections and installations from 2001 to 2014.
Center for Visual Music presents the first in a series of DVD releases: Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films. This long-awaited DVD contains ten of Fischinger's classic Visual Music films plus many Special Features.
Still from Epilogue (2005), copyright Jordan Belson
Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane Saturday, March 26th, 19:30h LACMA - Bing Theatre 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90036 Presented in association with Center for Visual Music
Born in Chicago and raised in the Bay Area, Jordan Belson trained as a painter before turning his attention to film-making after discovering the abstract films of Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren and Hans Richter. Since 1947, Belson has explored consciousness, transcendence, and light in a visionary body of work that has been called "cosmic cinema": brimming with vibrant color, mandalas, liquid forms and mesmerizing rhythms.
In 1957-59, Belson collaborated with sound artist Henry Jacobs on the Vortex Concerts, early multimedia events that combined new electronic music with Belson’s visual effects projected on the 65-foot dome of the California Academy of Science’s Morrison Planetarium. The program at LACMA features rarely screened films including Caravan (1952), Séance (1959), Cycles (1974, made with Stephen Beck), a new preservation print of Chakra (1972), and Belson's latest film, Epilogue (2005), funded by the NASA Art Program and commissioned by the Hirshhorn Museum (produced on video). The program also includes Allures, Light, Music of the Spheres and Samadhi. Program introduced by Cindy Keefer, curator and archivist, CVM.
For more about Jordan Belson (biographies by Moritz and Keefer, bibliography, filmography, Vortex resources, new articles, etc.), or the Belson DVD, please visit the official Belson Research site at: www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Belson
Since 1947, Bay Area artist Jordan Belson has explored consciousness, transcendence, and light in an extraordinary body of abstract films that has been called "cosmic cinema." This program features rarely screened films including Caravan (1952), a new preservation print of Chakra (1972), and the Bay Area premiere of Epilogue (2005), a distillation of 60 years of visionary images synchronized to a symphonic tone poem by Rachmaninoff.
$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium).
Join us for a celebration of the life of Elfriede Fischinger (1910-1999), widow of the avant-garde filmmaker and painter Oskar Fischinger. This special evening features an Art Exhibition of selected photographs, artifacts and Paintings by Oskar Fischinger, a Reception, and Home Movies and Videos of Elfriede. Highlights include Oskar’s first Stereo Painting (1949), The Lumigraph film (1970) by Elfriede, and unshot animation drawings by Oskar. Proceeds from the evening, which includes a silent auction, will benefit the Fischinger preservation, conservation and digitization work underway at Center for Visual Music, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 archive dedicated to preserving and promoting the Fischinger films and legacy.
Can't attend? Please consider making a donation of the ticket price ($40) to the Fischinger preservation and digitization project. Your donation is tax deductible; Center for Visual Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. You can donate online here, or contact CVM for additional methods: www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger/FundingNeeds.htm
Images from Oil paintings by Oskar Fischinger, to be exhibited at the Fischinger Celebration. Images (c) Fischinger Trust