Essential Visual Music: Rare Classics
September 1 2009, 19:30 - 21:30
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way
This evening features a range of works, from 1920s German film experiments to light show psychedelia, and highlights the evolving technology and artistic sophistication of visual music and experimental animation. Several of the works in the show were designed to be used in performance contexts, light shows and other expanded forms of cinema, often with independent musical accompaniment. Accordingly, one of the themes that emerges from this program is a dialogue between structure and spontaneity in visual music.
Many of the prints in this show represent recent preservation work by CVM. Includes films by Oskar Fischinger (incl. William Moritz's 35mm Cinemascope R-1 recreation version), Charles Dockum (3 new preservation prints!), Mary Ellen Bute, Jules Engel (3 new preservation prints), John Stehura, David Lebrun, and Sixties Light Show films by Jud Yalkut/USCO and The Single Wing Turquoise Bird Light Show film. Curated by CVM.
- R-1, ein Formspiel, Oskar Fischinger [1993 Moritz Recreation], Original c. 1926-1933, Germany, b/w, tinted and color, 35mm Cinemascope
- Komposition in Blau (Composition in Blue), Oskar Fischinger, 1935, Germany, color, sound, 4 min. 35mm.
- Dockum Mobilcolor Performance at the Guggenheim Museum, Charles Dockum, 1952, color, silent, 7 min, 16mm. Made with the assistance of Ted Nemeth and Mary Ellen Bute.
- Demonstration of Mobilcolor Projector and 1966 Mobilcolor Performance Film, Charles Dockum, 1966, color, sound, 7 min, 16mm.
- Muntz TV Commercial, Oskar Fischinger, 1952, b/w, sound, 1 min, Originally 35mm, screened on 16mm.
- Mood Contrasts, Mary Ellen Bute, 1953, color, sound, 7 min, Originally 35mm, screened on 16mm.
- Cibernetik 5.3, John Stehura, 1960-65, 8 min, digital.
- Turn, Turn, Turn, Jud Yalkut, 1966, color, sound, 10 min, 16mm. Sound by USCO.
- Single Wing Turquoise Bird Light Show Film, SWTB, 1971, color, sound, 5 mins, 16mm.
- Tanka, David Lebrun. 1976, color, sound, 9 min.
- Celebration, Jules Engel, 1978, color, sound, 4 min, 16mm.
- 3 Arctic Flowers, Jules Engel, 1978, color, sound, 3 min, 16mm,
- Mobiles, Jules Engel, 1978, color, sound, 3 min, 16mm.
Funding for the preservation of many of the films was provided, in part, by the National Film Preservation Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jules Engel Preservation Project, Deutsches Filmmuseum and private donors.
Film notes and full show description on CVM site at: http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/VMEssenClassics.htm
Ticketing coming soon through PFA, through their website and box office, or by phone at 510-642-5249