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  • Experimental Conversations Summer Issue

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    The new issue of online magazine Experimental Conversations is out. The summer issue is full of interesting articles such as the ones on Hollis Frampton, Alan Lambert's film Ouroboros, and a review of the Márgenes 2009 festival.

     

    Articles:
    - Editorial
    - Hollis Frampton: Words & Pictures by Matt Packer
    - Impressions of 'Ouroboros' by Maximilian Le Cain
    - The Cards Are Laid Out by Peter Murray
    - Video, Landscape and the Politics & Poetics of Place in Ireland by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith
    - Cache by Phillina Sun

    Reviews:
    - Cinema Now Wants A Body Or The Politics Of The Red Carpet
    - In Search of Utopia
    - Margenes '09

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  • Antoni Muntadas receives the Velazquez Award

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    Antoni Muntadas - The Board Room (Boston, 1987)Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) has received the Velazquez Award, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, for 'his work as a pioneer of spanish videoart and his conceptual enquiries on the power mechanisms and the reality built by the mass-media' . Muntadas , who lives and works in New York since 1971, is a multimedia artist who uses photography, video, publications, internet and multi-media installations to address social, political and communication issues.

    Muntadas has received several prizes and grants including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz/Austria, Laser d'Or in Locarno, Switzerland and the Premi Nacional d'Arts Plastiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. He currently teaches in the Visual Arts Program at MIT Boston .

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  • Ubuweb hosts AFA's audio collection

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    Anthology Film Archives logoUbuweb, in partnership with Anthology Film Archives, will be hosting mp3 files of over 1000 tapes from Anthology's audio collection. These include interviews, Q&As, lectures, etc... some of them dated over 50 years ago (back to the classic session 'Poetry and the film' in Vogel's Cinema 16). The first batch that has already been published includes:

    - P. Adams Sitney Interviews Kenneth Anger on WNYC's "Arts Forum" (1972)
    - Charles Levine Interviews Robert Breer (July 1970)
    - Jonas Mekas Interviews Emile De Antonio (11/06/1969)
    - Poetry And The Film: Amos Vogel, Maya Deren, Parker Tyler, Willard Maas & Dylan Thomas Sessions 1 & 2 At Cinema 16
    - P. Adams Sitney Interviews Sidney Peterson On WNYC's "Arts Forum" (1976)    
    - Annette Michelson Interviews Yvonne Rainer On WNYC's "Arts Forum" (01/25/1974)
    - Pauline Kael And Stan Brakhage (1964?)
    - Robert Haller Interviews Carolee Schneemann (11/30/1973)
    - Hollis Frampton At Binghampton University, Part 1 & 2 (03/11/1972)
    - Ken Jacobs, Larry Gottheim, Stan Brakhage: Binghampton Council Of Churches (11/23/1970)
    - Harry Smith Interviewed by P. Adams Sitney (1965)

    Ubuweb is also hosting a selection of articles from the magazine Film Culture, including seminal pieces by Parker Tyler, Rudolf Arnheim, Jerome Hill, Ron Rice, Taylor Mead...

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  • CVM receives preservation grant

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    cvm_logoThe Center for Visual Music has received a prestigious Avant-Garde Masters Grant for the preservation of 3 reels of Oskar Fischinger’s original 35mm nitrate film experiments from his 'Raumlichtkunst' multiple projector performances of the 1920s. Funded by The Film Foundation and managed by The National Film Preservation Foundation, the program encourages archives to save works significant to the development of the avant-garde in America. The Film Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. Joining Scorsese on the board are: Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg.

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  • Afterimages

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    lux_logoLux has redesigned its online shop to provide a full functionality, and with it, there comes a big surprise: The Afterimages DVD label, only available for institutional purchase, are available now for retail. The four titles that have been released so far feature selected works by Malcom Le Grice, Peter Gidal, Vivienne Dick and Lis Rhodes, all of them for 20 GBP each.

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  • Red Avocado

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    Red Avocado logoA new Europe-based DVD label has been born. Red Avocado ("Films as rare as red avocados") will produce and distribute avant-garde and experimental films on DVD. Its first planned releases (as of now available only for preorder) include the works of Paul Winkler, Bastian Clevé, Ingo Petzke and Christoph Janetzko.

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  • Film-Makers' Cooperative to be evicted

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    film_coop_logoDear Friends and Members of the Film-Makers' Cooperative:

    Since December 2000 our office has been located in a New York City government space, the "Clocktower Gallery".  It has been a safe and convenient location.  The FMC had a lease with MoMA/PS.1 on a month to month basis.  MoMA is terminating its lease and the FMC's sublease will terminate with it.  Alanna Heiss (former P.S. 1 Director ) is negotiating a new lease with the city through the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.  Although the floor plans she had submitted to the city for her new organization, Art Radio International, (that originally included the FMC) Heiss has decided there is no room for the FMC anymore. 
    Upon further negotiation with Art Radio International we have been refused a sublease.  We have received an eviction notice and are trying to appeal to the Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin to support our efforts to remain either in our current building or to move to another, affordable city space. You can write to Kate D. Levin directly at

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildcla.html

    The more letters that are received on our behalf, the better!

    Of course, we are working with legal consul. The FMC Board of Directors, and M.M. Serra  will continue to keep you informed. Any questions you have, please call the FMC office at 212-267-5665.

    This message was sent by: Film Coop, 108 Leonard Street, 13 floor, New York, New York 10013

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  • FFF 2009 Experimental Selections Announced

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    The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of experimental films for 2009. Congratulations to our outstanding group of moviemakers.

    Winner Best Experimental Film:

    * Themes + Variations for the Naked Eye (Caitlin Horsmon, Kansas City, Missouri)

    Honorable Mention:

    * Double Thunder (Potter-Bellmar Labs, San Antonio, Texas)

    Official Selections:

    * Automatic (Sharon Mooney, Chicago, Illinois)
    * 4 Minutes on an Abandoned Bridge (Todd Tinkham, Durham, North Carolina)
    * Random Access Memory (Gavin Rehder, Fargo, North Dakota)

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  • Tank tv : Alexander Heim

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    Alexander Heim
    on www.tank.tv
    1st - 15th February 2009

    tank.tv is pleased to present a selection of work from Alexander Heim including: Costa, Three Seasons, Untitled (Dog), Grand Walk and Matalan.

    “(Heim’s) new film Costa (2008) tracks the daily activities of pigeons at a busy coffee shop, following one bird scratching about the feet of commuters, another skittering across a marble floor and a third bracing itself against the wind in a concrete ledge, solemn as an eagle. With painstaking care they hunt for the scraps between glinting metal chairs, clamber up gigantic steps and outwit oblivious shows. The look faintly ludicrous but supremely resourceful. The birds perspective translates familiar surrounding into foreign territory; a station concourse gleams like an immense frozen lake, its menacing cashpoint the mouth to hell; the complicated shadow of a railing is not a reminder of an environment shaped by caring human hands but a welcome rush-hour haven. In a city planned with no thought of pigeons as its users, these benighted tacticians are transcendent.
    The films visual incongruity is heightened by its score of keys clinking on a table, the running of water, a hair-dryer blasting and the spray of perfume. Heim has used this kind of aural dislocation before, setting his film of swans on London’s Regent Canal to techno music (Grand Walk, 2005) and applying a gloriously lush soundtrack to a stray’s encounter with busy traffic in China (Untitled (Dog), 2006). The technique works by emphasizing the human characteristics of these animals; here, for instance, the deftness of a bird picking its way along a wall is captured by the sound of teeth being neatly brushed. It demands a kind of internal re-tuning, since sounds transposed in this way seem both more expansive and more penetrating. Heard in a new context, the efficient noises of a woman preparing to go out are as curious as the world viewed at pavement level. (..)
    Heim strips away the literalness of everyday life, revealing the mysteries contained in the most commonplace. It is no coincidence that he selects the least loved of all birds to be the focus of this lyrical inquiry. The ubiquitous pigeon is emblematic of those inconsequential things that surround us, the routine stuff that so often goes unexamined. the result is no dour pronouncement by the artist on the fate of the dispossessed but a witty celebration of existence on the margins. The birds come across not as pitiable outcasts but as profound seekers after truth; driven by some internal compass they make their own way in the city, discovering their own paths, becoming poets of their own acts.”
    - Kate Forde, Frieze, November 2008.

    Alexander Heim studied at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Hamburg, gaining a diploma in fine art in 2004, before completing an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London in 2006. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Doves’ at doggerfisher, Edinburgh; Feeling gave way to structure, The approach E2, London; Nought to Sixty, ICA, London and Drei Jahreszeiten

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