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  • Lux associate artists 2008/9

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    LUX is pleased to announce the selection of the eight LUX associate artists for its 2008/9 programme. The artists are Luke
    Fowler, Laura Gannon, Duncan Marquiss, Laure Prouvost, Grace Schwindt,
    Samuel Stevens, Stina Wirfelt and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.
    LUX Associate Artists Programme (AAP) is a unique 12 month professional
    development course for artists working with the moving image. It aims
    to provide an intensive course of development focused on critical
    discourse, extending to the practical and infrastructural issues that
    present challenges for artists working with the medium through
    seminars, mentorship and a final funded public project.
    programme is lead by Ian White, writer, artist and adjunct film curator
    of Whitechapel and generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
    programme is managed and facilitated by LUX, an arts agency which
    explores ideas around artists' moving image practice through
    exhibition, distribution, publishing, education and research.
    is the second year of the LUX AAP, the first year’s associates Claire
    Hope, Anja Kirschner, Matthew Noel-Tod, Rachel Reupke, James Richards,
    James Sweetbaum, Mayling To and Katy Woods have just completed the
    programme and are working towards a final film project which will be
    launched in March 2009.

    Guest lecturers and mentors on the programme have so far included Gregg Bordowitz,
    JJ Charlesworth, Adam Chodzko, Stuart Comer, Adam Curtis, Stephan
    Dillemuth, Kodwo Eshun, Ryan Gander, Graham Gussin, Mark Leckey, Daria
    Martin, Simon Martin, Jan Mot, Laura Mulvey, Rosalind Nashashibi, Uriel
    Pawel Pawlikowski, Gail Pickering, Steve Reinke, Polly Staple and Hito Steyerl


  • Raymond Salvatore Harmon - The Philosopher's Stone

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    Subliminal Films present:

    The Philosopher's Stone

    Directed and produced by
    Raymond Salvatore Harmon

    featuring the music of Bog (

    starring Jacob Andrew Myers
    introducing Isobel Julianna Harmon

    The Philosopher's Stone tells the story of Jacob Fausstman, a scientist and early alchemist who searches for the key to curing man of the disease of death. In his frustration Jacob stumbles onto another path to achieve his goals. Turning to the dark arts Jacob conjures the demon Mephistopheles and is given the key to eternal life. But his perceptions of 'life eternal' and the nature of his existence comes into question once he has obtained his desire for true knowledge.

    Base in equal parts on the Faustian archetype and the biographical story of Dr. Albert Hoffmann's accidental discovery of LSD, The Philosopher's Stone is an homage to early German Expressionist cinema and the psychedelic visualizations of drug culture.

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    The Philosopher's Stone will be available (via bit torrent) for full dvd quality
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  • Abstracta 2008 Awards

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    Abstracta 2008 Winner:

    - Scattered... Wide by Henry Gwiazda (USA)

    Jury special mentions:

    - Corpus tracks by Saul Saguatti and Audrey Coianiz (Italy-France)
    - V1:Tourbillons by Christian Lebrat (France)
    - I am Elizabeth by Jerry Sangiuliano (USA)
    - Another picture by Gregg Biermann (USA)
    - Lacus temporis by Bret Battey (UK)


  • Experimental Conversations #2: Spanish Avant-Garde Film

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    The 2nd issue of the online magazine Experimental Conversations is out, this time dedicated to Spanish Avant-Garde Film, both past and present. The magazine features these contents:


    * Editorial - What is 'Margenes'?
    * There is an Experimental Cinema in Spain, But... by Albert Alcoz
    * The Cinema Has No Body: Oriol Sanchez's De la hospitalidad, derechos de autor by Maximilian Le Cain
    * Paracinema & Happening In Dublin by Esperanza Collado
    * Margenes: Experimento y Praxis- The Programme
    * Experimental Features In Arrebato by Alberte Pagán / Esperanza Collado
    * Sheltering the Daydream: Jose Luis Guerin’s In the City of Sylvia by Tony McKibben


    * Bill Viola at Galway Arts Festival
    * Darklight Film Festival 2008
    * John Latham's Encyclopedia Britannica
    * Feileacan Solas (Butterfly Light)
    * Head or Tail


  • Bruce Conner (1933–2008)

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    Bruce ConnerFrom Arforum :

    Bruce Conner, a San Francisco–based artist known for his assemblages,
    films, drawings, and interdisciplinary works, passed away Monday
    afternoon. Conner moved to San Francisco in 1957 and quickly found his
    place within the city’s vibrant Beat community. His gauzy assemblages
    of scraps salvaged from abandoned buildings, nylon stockings, doll
    parts, and other found materials gained him art-world attention, as did
    A Movie (1958), an avant-garde film that juxtaposed footage from
    B movies, newsreels, soft-core pornography, and other fragments, all
    set to a musical score. (In 1991, A Movie was selected for
    preservation by the United States National Film Registry at the Library
    of Congress.) Conner was active in the Bay Area’s 1960s counterculture
    scene, designing light shows for Family Dog performances at the Avalon
    Ballroom, and in the ’70s focused on drawing and photography. Art-world
    recognition resumed in the ’80s and continued to the present: Conner
    was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial, was the subject of a touring
    survey in 1999–2000, and is featured in the current Carnegie
    International. At Conner’s request, there will be no funeral.


  • Experimental Conversations

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    expconversations.jpgExperimental Conversations is a new 'online journal of experimental film, art cinema and video art' funded by the Cork Film Centre . Its first issue, dated Summer 2008 has the following contents:


    - Ailbhe Ni Bhriain At The Butler Gallery (2008)
    - Aftermath (2007): An Exhibition by Ailbhe Ni Bhriain by Maximilian Le Cain
    - "If you start thinking about your film being a success, you're fucked": An Interview With Vivienne Dick
    - Between the salon and the convent: Losing Face & Gaining Faith in Jacques Rivette's 'Don't Touch the Axe' by Tony McKibben
    - Cinema as situations: The 2007 Lucca Film Festival by Donal Foreman


    - The eternal now: Warhol and the Factory 1963-68
    - Jonas Mekas at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival
    - Experimental Film Club (Dublin)
    - Live @ 8 (Galway)
    - Redacted (Brian De Palma, 2008)
    - Three Projection Events in Cork


  • PARAKINO: Summer Film Workshops

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    PARAKINO: Summer Film Workshops
    28 - 30 VII 2008

    In the first meeting we can experience off movies, and, getting to know it, to understand the essence of movie language, experience what creating a multimedia picture is and how conventional forms of film are far from reality.

    Each day shall be finished with viewing independent movie productions.
    1. Independent of culture - cross review of polish off movement:
    2. Laughter of off - selection of funny movies: mocking, parodying, absurd.
    3. Punk Off - off video clips- independent music and off movies have a lot in common, and this created practically with no budget video clips, a specific esthetics. To know better the phenomenon, we present video clips, among others, of: Plastic Bag, Pornohagen, Psychocukier, Mikrowafle, Cedskie Chlopaki, Farben Lehre, Mith&Mitch and a movie. " Propaganda Utopii"

    The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants in fundamental secrets of movie production, discussion on chosen examples and on the task - producing a short movie.

    CSW LAZNIA // kurator cyklu PARAKINO
    [email protected]


  • P2P Art - E M P H A S I S

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    E M P H A S I S (Anders Weberg)P2P Art , the project created by swedish artist Anders Weberg for the creation and distribution of art in the p2p networks has released another film. The 60 minute E M P H A S I S, an "audio visual excursion", is now only available through the network, as the original film and all the materials used in its conception have been destroyed according to the project philosophy.

    You can download this film through the ED2K and torrent networks links provided in the project's page, or watch a short excerpt reading further...


  • Media City 14 Awards

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    Grand Prize:

    - Bachelor Machines Part I & Part II (Rosalind Nashashibi, Scotland, 2007)

    2nd Prize:

    - Victory over the Sun (Michael Robinson, USA, 2007)

    3rd Prize:

    - Public Domain (Jim Jennings, USA, 2007)

    Honourable mentions (in alphabetical order):

    - Androa Autoportrait (Matthias De Groof and Kristin Rogghe with Androa Mindre Kolo, Belgium/ DR Congo, 2006)

    - Bay Bridge from Embarcadero (Guy Sherwin, England, 2004/2007)

    - Dislocated Smaller Parts (Bruce McClure, USA, 2008)

    - Golf House and Grey Heron II (Helga Fanderl, Germany, 2006)

    - Land of Cockaigne (Rachel Reupke, England, 2007)

    - Observando el Cielo (Jeanne Liotta, USA, 2007)

    - Room of Chromatic Mystery (Arthur & Corinne Cantrill, Australia, 2006)

    - RR (James Benning, USA, 2007)

    - Sidewalk (Karl Kels, Germany, 2008)

    - Sketch Film #5 (Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2007)

    - Take into the air my quiet breath (Speculative Archive, USA, 2007)

    The jury:

    Amy Beste is Director of Public Programming for the department of Film, Video & New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she organizes the visiting artist series "Conversations at the Edge" at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

    Vincent Grenier has been making experimental films and videos since the early 1970s. His films have been exhibited at the Pompidou Centre, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), and countless other international venues and festivals. Grenier is currently Chair of the Cinema Department at Binghamton University in New York.

    Mike Sperlinger is Assistant Director of LUX, London, which holds the UK's most significant collection of artists' film and video. He has contributed to publications including Frieze, Radical Philosophy and Art Monthly, and recently edited the book "Afterthought: New Writing on Conceptual Art (Rachmaninoffs, 2005)


  • Double Negative Collective screen own work at Ex-Centris

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    The Double Negative Collective, a dedicated group of Montréal-based filmmakers and curators of cinema, plan to screen an evening of new, original work Thursday, March 20th at 9:30pm at Cinéma Parallel (Ex-Centris, 3536 St. Laurent). After curating several successful avant-garde film and video programs and exhibiting an exciting group installation show at CTRL LAB (June 2007), the Double Negative Collective have returned to the black box this time with a program of their own experimental film and video, for the first time in three years. Collective members whose work will be included are Christopher Becks, Lucia Fezzuoglio, Amber Goodwyn, Steven Ladouceur, Karl Lemieux, Lindsay McIntyre, Eduardo Menz, Mike Rollo, Daichi Saito and Malena Szlam.

    The past couple of years have been an exciting time indeed for the Double Negative Collective. In January they screened Jack Chambers’ Hart Of London to a sold out room at The Cinémathèque québécoise and hosted the Canadian part of TIE (The International Cinema Exposition) in November 2007. Other recent programs of note include screenings of work by Vincent Grenier (Québec), Nicky Hamlyn (London, UK), Guy Sherwin (London, UK) and the ETNA Collective (France).

    Double Negative Collective – An Evening of Experimental Film and Video
    Thursday, March 20th at 9:30PM
    Ex-Centris (Cinéma Parallel)
    3536 Boul. St. Laurent
    Montreal, QC

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