• 'The Walking Picture Palace' at Anthology and Light Industry

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    The Walking Picture Palace
    Curated by Mark McElhatten.
    October 2, 6, 8 & 9 at ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES  - 2nd Avenue and Second Street
    October 7 at Light Industry
    Sunset Park Brooklyn at 55 33rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 3rd Floor

    Consummate filmmaker and author of DEVOTIONAL CINEMA, Dorsky returns to the New York Film Festival this year on Saturday October 4th at Views from the Avant – Garde with the premieres of two new films, WINTER (2007) and SARABANDE (2008). On the occasion of his return and his visiting semester at Princeton, we present this selection from his oeuvre.
    Dorsky will be here in person to present all three programs on October 2, 6 and 9

    - INGREEN (1964, 12 minutes, 16mm, colour, sound)
    - PNEUMA (1977-1983, 28 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)
    - TRISTE (1974-1996, 18.5 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)

    Thursday, October 2 at 8:00.

    - A FALL TRIP HOME (1964, 11 minutes, 16mm, colour, sound)
    - ALAYA (1976-1987, 28 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)
    - SONG AND SOLITUDE (2005/2006, 21 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)

    Monday, October 6 at 7:00.


    - Summerwind (1965, 14 minutes, 16mm, colour, sound)
    - Arbor Vitae (1999/2000, 28 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)
    - The Visitation (2002, 18 minutes, 16mm, colour, silent)

    Thursday, October 9 at 7:00.

    All the artists are expected to be present.
    - Binghamton, My India by Ken Jacobs (ca. 1971-72, 25 minutes, 16mm, silent)
    - Death Of P’Town by Ken Jacobs (1961, 7 minutes, 16mm, colour, sound. Starring Jack Smith.)
    - Hotel Cartograph by Scott Stark (1983, 11 minutes, 16mm, colour, sound)
    - Today! by Jessie Stead & David Gatten (2007/2008, ca. 35-40 minutes, digital video, colour

    Monday, October 6 at 9:00.

    A Tenderfoot Walking Picture Palace at Light Industry
    55 33rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 3rd Floor Brooklyn    
    Films by Stom Sogo, Luther Price, Miranda Raimondi, Julie Murray, Scott Stark, Phil Solomon with several World Premieres and surprises.
    Including a new 3D Chromavision piece by a surprise artist. Glasses will be available at cost for the first fifty people.

    Tuesday October 7 at 8:00.  Light Industry


    - Children  (2008, 7’, 16 mm B&W silent)
    - Interlinea  (2008, 5’, 16mm colour, silent  24fps)
    - Volto Sorpresso Al Buio (1965, 16mm, Silent, 18 Fps)
    - Tracce Di Tracce
    - Communzione Con Mutazonie (1969, 16mm , B&W, 18 FPS, 7')
    - Farfalio (1993, 16 mm, B&W/Colour, silent, 18 FPS, 10')
    - Secomdo Il Mio Occhio Di Vetro  (1972, 35mm, B&W, sound, 10')
    - Del Tuffarsi E Dell’ Annegarsii (1972, 35mm B&W, sound, 11')
    - "Anonimatografo" (dedicato ad Alberto Farassino) (1972, 16 mm, B&W, sound, 30')
    - Cineforon (1972, 16mm, B&W, sound, 10')

    Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00.


    - Suspension (2008, 16mm Double Projection, B&W/Colour, silent, 10'
    - Pharmacy by Bruce Checefsky (2001. 35 mm B&W, 4' 38'')
    - Greenwood Cemetery by Daniel Riccuito (video 3D with Pulfrich filter, 10')
    - Taureg by Bruce Checefsky (2008, silent version, 16mm, B&W, 7' 30'')
    - Alone At Last by Ken Jacobs (2008, digital, 2')
    – Phosphene Dreams by Kerry Laitala (2008, digital)
    - Refraction Series by Chris Gehman (2008, 35mm, silent, colour, 5' 30'')

    Group show – Other artists and works to be announced.
    Wednesday, October 8 at 9:00.


  • tank tv : Ken Jacobs (1/10-30/11)

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    Little Stabs at HappinessKen Jacobs Online Exhibition
    Curated by Mark Webber
    1st October - 30th November 2008

    Ken Jacobs (b.1933) has been active as a filmmaker, performer and teacher for the past five decades. Rigorous and dedicated, his work is characterised by a keen eye for formal composition and a fierce political consciousness.

    As a central figure of the generation that defined independent filmmaking during the post-War era, Jacobs contributed to the liberation of cinema from technical and ideological conventions. Beginning in the 1950s, he developed an 'urban guerrilla cinema' out of poverty and desperation, shooting improvised routines on city streets. The early works Star Spangled to Death, Little Stabs at Happiness and Blonde Cobra feature a nascent Jack Smith, years before the renegade artist produced his own films.


  • Kill your timid notion 2008

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    Kill Your Timid Notion
    A step across the border between sound and image
    A festival of experiment sound-film/ music-image
    Dundee Contemporary Arts
    10-12 Oct 08

    Your eyes see what, like 10 or 15 images a second; that¹s 10Hz.  Your ears can hear 15,000 Hz. Surely there must be something interesting in this incongruity.

    Now in it¹s 6th edition, KYTN is one of Europe¹s leading festivals of sound and image.  It¹s all about exploring the many different ways we navigate the borders, disparities and similarities between what we hear and what we see. It involves some of the great experimental artists, musicians and filmmakers of our time, and some of the not too distant future also.  It features some hard as nails experimental work, but it¹s an experience any right minded person should enjoy, be confounded by, have an opinion about at least. features: sine wave charcoal drawing, blindfolded listening, visual harmonics, optical sound, video-radio-guitar feedback, the Tay bridge, a sonic photograph of a Dalmatian fishing village, tiny rice paper flags, set theory...

    What¹s not to love?

    Experimental film/ sound performances:

    Francisco Lopez
    Keith Rowe, Kjell Bjorgeengen & Philipp Wachsmann
    Benedict Drew & Sachiko M
    Malcolm Le Grice & Keith Rowe
    Luke Fowler & Lee Patterson
    Guy Sherwin
    L¹Anticoncept (Gil Wolman)
    Raha Raissnia & Charles Curtis
    Declarative Mode (Paul Sharits)
    Aileen Campbell
    Seth Cluett


    Felix Hess: it¹s in the air
    Paul Sharits: Epileptic Seizure Comparison

    Film Programmes:

    7 programmes exploring how sound and image interact, inc:  Walter Ruttman, Luc Ferrari, Hollis Frampton, Luis Recoder, Robert Nelson, Toshiya Tsunoda, Christoph Migone, David Askevold and loads more.

    Talks, workshops, etc and so on...

    tickets: £10/ day, £25 for everything
    Buy them at:  // +44 (0) 1382 909 900


  • Experimental Film Club: TV & Bodies

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    EFC TV & BodiesTV & BODIES
    ///a selection of work by experimental video artists///

    /// Sunday 28th September / Ha'penny Bridge Inn (upstairs), Dublin / 4pm / Doors: 5 Euro

    When Nam June Paik and Aldo Tambellini began working with electronic media in the 1960s, video meant one thing: TV. Both artists came to video by way of sculptural and environment-based art, and it was the physical TV set which was their port of entry. Although Paik is the more widely recognised of the two, both featured in the seminal 1969 video installation exhibition, “TV as
    a Creative Medium” at the Howard Wise Gallery in New York, in which TVs were put into all sorts of unlikely sculptural and environmental contexts. The impetus for environment-based art was generally a desire to break down the traditionally passive and disengaged structures of art exhibition. The introduction into this context of that most passive and 2D of forms was seen by artists as a way of reclaiming and (sometimes literally) redesigning an incredibly powerful and dominant form of communication. As Paik put it, "Television has been attacking us all our lives – now we can attack it back."

    See full programme at the Experimental Film Club's homepage .


  • Exp 24 launch party

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    Exp24EXP24 Launch Party: Saturday 27th September 2008: 6-9pm

    @the East Street Arts Patrick Studios, St Marys Street, Leeds. UK. LS9 7EN

    Come and celebrate the launch of EXP24’s new proto film lab, at ESA Patrick
    Studios, Leeds! This is their first proper base, and we want it to
    become a space where artists, filmmakers and newbies alike can come to
    talk, learn and create together.


    • The ‘Cinema of Mirrors’, the Project Space will be transformed into a constantly changing multi-projection environment – wow!
    • Sculptural film and video installations by EXP24 filmmakers & friends
    • Archaic film museum – with interactive exhibits!
    • Collective
      film – get involved in making a 16mm experimental film in the space.
      Results will be screened at 8.30pm to bring the night to a close.
    • Film
      raffle! Top prize is a pair of tickets for the Leeds International Film
      Festival Opening Gala. Buy tickets to be in with a chance of winning a
      free EXP24 Super 8 workshop place (worth £50!), plus many more
      film-related treats.
    • La Musique! Provided by FakeHipsDisco DJs plus Violaine & friends
    • Badges! Don’t forget to pick up your first ever (and hot off the press) EXP24 limited edition badge...

    6pm - Welcome! (Collect your free drink token at the door)
    7pm to 7.30pm - Mystery films and one-off performances from the EXP24 collective
    8pm - Raffle results!
    8.30pm - World Premiere of Launch Party collaborative film

    There will also be a chance to sign up for future workshops and for ESA membership.

    After party location TBC – ask on the night!

    For more see or join them on Facebook and Myspace.


  • Jonas Mekas Presents Flux Party

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    London Rio Cinema
    Friday 17 October 2008, from 11:15pm until late

    Legendary artist-filmmaker Jonas Mekas presents FLUX PARTY featuring
    the Fluxfilm Anthology as assembled by George Maciunas, rare Fluxus
    audio and surprise performances. Drinks and specially made Fluxcakes
    will be served.

    Fluxus was a provocative and humorous art movement that produced
    objects, performances and events which challenged the boundaries
    between traditional art and everyday life. Early Fluxus pieces included
    feeding a bale of hay to a piano, a painting to be stepped on, or the
    sound of dripping water.

    The Fluxfilm Anthology, showing here in its most comprehensive version
    to date, includes "Zen for Film" (clear film for collecting dust),
    "Four" (Yoko Ono’s infamous film of bare bottoms), "Smoking" (cigarette
    smoke shot with a high speed camera) and other films of comical street
    performances, counting games, x-ray movies and interference patterns.
    The Fluxfilms embodied the minimal aesthetic, playfulness and poetic
    dimensions of Fluxus and transposed its performative aspect into the

    This informal late night screening is a unique chance to see films by
    artists such as George Brecht, John Cale, Dick Higgins, Yoko Ono, Nam
    June Paik, Paul Sharits, Chieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell and
    Robert Watts presented on the big screen of the Rio Cinema, East
    London's splendid art deco picture palace. Jonas Mekas will be present
    to discuss Fluxus and his friend and fellow Lithuanian émigré, the late
    George Maciunas.

    Seminal figures of the New York downtown art scene since the beginning
    of the 1960s, Jonas Mekas (b.1922) and George Maciunas (1931-78) were
    connected through many different projects. Mekas was a central force of
    the avant-garde film scene and presented early screenings at Maciunas’
    AG Gallery. Maciunas coordinated Fluxus as an international community
    of artists, whose contributors also included Joseph Beuys, Henry Flynt,
    Takehisa Kosugi, John Lennon and La Monte Young.

    Maciunas was also fundamental in the emergence of SoHo as an artistic
    centre in New York. As early as 1966, he began to purchase dilapidated
    industrial buildings and convert them into cooperative real estate,
    starting the trend for loft style living. Jonas Mekas was one of the
    first to participate in the Fluxhouse venture, acquiring space for both
    his own home and the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque / Anthology Film Archives.

    Last year, Mekas returned to Lithuania to inaugurate the Jonas Mekas
    Visual Arts Center in Vilnius, presenting his own Fluxus collection to
    the public for the first time in a joint Mekas / Maciunas exhibition.
    The centre is planning an extensive film archive and a Fluxus Research
    Institute. In 2009, Mekas will act as the Ambassador of Vilnius during
    its year as the European Capital of Culture.

    Curated by Anne-Sophie Dinant and Mark Webber. Presented by the South
    London Gallery. With thanks to Benn Northover, Serpentine Gallery,
    Re:Voir and the Rio Cinema.


    Rio Cinema
    107 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2PB

    Nearest Train: Dalston Kingsland (London Overground)
    Buses: 30, 38, 75, 149, 242, 243
    Night Buses: N38, N149, N242, N243

    Tickets: £6 (includes drink)
    Box Office: 020 7241 9410



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    Dorsky's SarabandeThe (London Film) festival’s annual celebration of artists’ film and video will take place on 25-26 October 2008, presenting a diverse selection of international work in eight screenings that open a window onto a wide range of creativity.

    This year’s selection includes special programmes devoted to the work of Nathaniel
    , Alina Rudnitskaya, Ben Rivers and Michel Auder. Films by the radical French theorist Guy Debord will be shown in new 35mm prints. New approaches to documentary and ethnography recur throughout the weekend, which presents established and emerging artists in a curated survey of innovation in the moving image. Several makers will be present to discuss their work and two continuous installations will be shown in the BFI Southbank Studio.

    Curated by Mark Webber for The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival.

    Full details online at


  • video_dumbo Festival 2008

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    SEPTEMBER 26 - 28, 2008
    Galapagos Art Space: 16 Main Street D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn NY

    September 26th, 7:30pm screening of "in complete" by Shelly Silver
    followed by the 2008 presidential debate in 3D! with interactive
    audience participation via current TV / twitter. Plus after-debate live
    audiovisuals by Zarah Cabañas (aka Lady Firefly)

    presenting video works by:

    KAPADIA, eteam, Sharon HAYES, BOLING/MORALES, Shelly SILVER, Jenny
    YERUSHALMI, Kendel BENNETT, Torsten BURNS + Darrin MARTIN, Han Moo
    KWON, Penny LANE/Annmarie LANESEY, Gabriela MONROY, Richard GARET,
    Elizabeth SMOLARZ, Andrew WILSON, Julie C. ROTH, Barbara KLUTINIS,
    Guatam KANSARA, Kota EZAWA, Nancy Jean TUCKER, Richard GARET, Melanie
    CREAN, Arthur KLEINJAN (NL), Jannicke LÅKER (NO), Nicholas PROVOST (B),
    Meiro KOIZUMI (JAP), Effie WU (D/TW), Neil BELOUFA (ALG), Einat AMIR
    (ISR) Fanny ALLIÉ (FR), Manuel SAIZ (UK) Mike HOOLBOOM/ Fred PELON
    (CAN/NL), Jean-Luc VIELMOUTH (B), Jeremy BERNSTEIN (D) ) John SMITH

    four channel video loops by:
    BALDINO, Katherine LIBEROVSKAYA, Scott PAGANO, Sean CAPONE, Barbara

    special programs:
    the Peter (Three from St Petersburg), "About The City" guest curated by
    Bettina Johae /Elizabeth Smolarz and "1800 Frames Take 4" cWoW, curated
    by Norene Leddy/Liz Slagus

    7:30pm Screening of "in complete world" by Shelly Silver followed by
    8:30pm HACK THE DEBATE IN 3D! + after debate audiovisuals by Lady Firefly

    Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street:
    video_dumbo presents Current TV's "Hack the Debate," an interactive broadcast of the first presidential debate. For visual enhancement, video_dumbo will transform the Broadcast into 3D! "Hack the Debate" will, for the very first time, integrate real-time Twitter messages (aka "tweets") over major portions of a live television broadcast. As Twitter users tweet throughout the course of the live broadcasts, Current and Twitter will collect comments regarding the debate and layer the individual messages over the debate feed. In addition, the debate will appear in three-dimensional space, based on a new polarized filter technique called Chroma-depth®. Ironically, this stereoscopic system is based on the colors RED and BLUE. Each object displayed in those colors will create the illusion of either protrude out of the screen, or retract behind the screen - creating a true stage for this political theater.

    More information about "Hack the Debate" is available at:


  • TIE Retrospective: The Shivering Eyelash (Houston, TX)

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    TIE Retrospective: The Shivering Eyelash
    9/20/08 (8:PM) & 9/21/08 (3:PM)
    Aurora Picture Show
    800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas

    - X-Ray Film I - The Alimentary System (Fleisch Archive, 1936, 16mm, silent, 11 min., 22fps, Germany)
    This is the first of several of Prof. Robert Janker’s x-ray films. The
    filmmaker was a pioneer of x-ray cinematography. The film was featured
    in a TIE-2005 festival program, showcasing educational films that were
    released during the Third Reich in Germany.

    - Un Chant D'Amour (Jean Genet, 1950, 16mm, silent, 23min., 24fps, France)
    One of the most memorable avant-garde films ever made, Un Chant D'Amour
    is also one of the most controversial. Made by the famed writer, Jean
    Genet, it features uncensored, sensual, jail-house scenes. Two
    prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls,
    and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of

    - Spectator (Frans Zwartjes, 1970, 16mm, optical sound, 11min., 24fps, Netherlands)
    Hidden safely behind his camera, the photographer can't get enough of
    what the glamorous model, with her long eye lashes, has to offer him.

    - The Secret Cinema (Paul Bartel, 1968, 16mm, optical sound, 30min., 24fps, USA)
    The Secret Cinema is a black-comic tale of a woman whose fears that her
    life is being filmed for the entertainment of her friends turn out to
    be true. The film presaged the sardonic tone of most of the maker's
    later work (Eating Raoul), though he would mostly abandon The Secret
    Cinema's experimental aspects in favor of linear narratives with
    perverse touches.

    More info:
    TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition
    1400 16th Street, Suite 400
    Denver, CO 80202