• Impakt Festival 2009: Accelerated Living Exhibitions

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    “All will be now. Dreams are too fast. You are the first. We are the last.
    No sequence to follow. No fear of tomorrow. Kiss of neverness. Life of timelessness
    We’ll break the speed of change. we’ll tame eternity.”

    - The Pop group, ‘We Are Time’

    We Are Time

    In the context of the programme “Accelerated Living”, part of IMPAKT FESTIVAL 2009, 14-18 October 2009, Utrecht, NL. Preview here. Via Diagonal Thoughts.

    14-18 October, AAMU, Flatland Gallery, Academie Galerie

    The passing of time is something we feel intimately familiar with, and yet it continuously slips away from us. Centuries ago, St. Augustine already caught this tension in words: “What is Time? If nobody asks me, I know; but if I were desirous to explain it to one that should ask me, plainly I know not.” The invention of clock time provided a partial solution: time was rationalised, adjusted to the rhythms of growing industrialisation. This transformation – symbolically completed with the introduction of standard time and the division of the world into time zones – resonated deeply in our social and cultural lives. The experience-based understanding of time was replaced by a rigid, linear and numerical logic which has gradually become embedded in our subconscious. The arrival of ICT and globalisation has pierced this unilateral and troublesome relationship. Ironically enough, the dawning of the computer age –the main source of today’s acceleration – has allowed for new perspectives on the role and potential of time. This exhibition takes that openness as a starting point and presents a series of works which each in their own way strive for a particular time awareness. Different dimensions of time, both social and natural, objective and subjective, are unfolded, deformed and combined, in search for new forms of perception and imagination of time.


  • LaViolaBank Gallery: Ouside in

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    Tunnel light (Leighton Pierce) (from Agrancy of Time series)Outside In
    Curated by Mary Dailey Pattee
    September 17 - October 18, 2009
    Private view 6-9pm, September 16
    LaViolaBank Gallery / 179 East Broadway / New York NY 10002

    LaViolaBank Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Outside In,” a group exhibition curated by Mary Dailey Pattee and featuring the work of six artists: Daphne Arthur, Marina Berio, Diane Carr, Mira O’Brien, Leighton Pierce and Christopher Saunders.
    Outside In is a multi-media exploration of the connection between real space and the landscape of the subjective mind. Drawing on land, sea, sky and the atmosphere of imagined vistas, the artists in this exhibition engage the landscape tradition as a means of addressing broader questions related to entropy, destruction and renewal in the contemporary world.


  • LA Filmforum: A tribute to Chick Strand

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    September 13, 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater

    Los Angeles Filmforum presents A Tribute to Chick Strand

    Chick Strand, photo by Neon Park, from Canyon Cinema

    Chick Strand, photo by Neon Park, from Canyon Cinema

    At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles, 90028  $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members

    Filmmaker, artist, teacher, joyful marvel, force of life… Chick Strand passed away on July 11, and our city and our lives won’t be the same. For those of you who knew her, and those of you who didn’t, Chick was a marvelous and inspirational filmmaker and person, the artful person whom one was always delighted to see, an essential person who made the world a better place.

    “With her camera, Strand does not “document” her subjects–she creates lyrical representations. She is not afraid to look through her lens as a person; questioning, admiring, and honoring what she sees. Just as she brings poeticism and the personal into ethnography, she infuses an integrity, honesty, and selflessness into her works that few people can manage.” – Pablo de Ocampo

    “…For most of her filmmaking career, the integrity of Strand’s vision lay aslant of prevailing fashions, so that only belatedly did the full significance of her radically pioneering work in ethnographic, documentary, feminist, and compilation filmmaking – and above all, in the innovation of a unique film language created across these modes – become clear.  Though feminism and other currents of her times are woven through her films and though her powerful teaching presence sustained the ideals of underground film in several film schools in the city, hers was essentially a school-of-one.” – David James, in The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (University of  California Press, 2005) p. 358.

    Appreciation by Holly Willis:


    Article by Pablo de Ocampo in the Portland Mercury from 2001:


    Paintings by Chick Strand:


    There is an extensive discussion of Strand and her films in David James’s The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (University of  California Press, 2005), pp. 357-367.

    Tonight we’ll be running a wide range of the glorious gamut of her work, and one treat from her husband.  Curated by filmmaker Amy Halpern.  Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, by arrangement with Canyon Cinema.

    ANGEL BLUE SWEET WINGS (1966, 3 min., 16mm)

    An experimental film poem in celebration of life and visions. Techniques include live action, animation, montage and found images.

    GUACAMOLE (1976, 18 min., 16mm)

    Poetic surrealism. Approach is experimental in relationship of image and sound. A film about the loss of innocence and the search for the essence of the human spirit.

    CARTOON LE MOUSSE (1979, 15 min., 16mm)

    “Chick Strand is a prolific and prodigiously gifted film artist who seems to break new ground with each new work. Her recent “found footage” works such as CARTOON LE MOUSSE, are extraordinarily beautiful, moving, visionary pieces that push this genre into previously unexplored territory. If poetry is the art of making evocative connections between otherwise dissimilar phenomena, then Chick Strand is a great poet, for these films transcend their material to create a surreal and sublime universe beyond reason.” – Gene Youngblood

    WAR ZONE by Marty Muller, aka Neon Park (1971, 3 min.)

    Made with Chickie nearby.

    BY THE LAKE (1986, 9,5 min., 16mm)

    A collage film made from Third World images and found sound from a 1940s radio show (”I Love a Mystery”), live recordings of an operation on a horse, and a 1970s church service, all taken out of context and reconstructed into new relationships and meanings. An Anglo woman’s interpretation of magic realism.

    WATERFALL (1967, 3 min., 16mm)

    A film poem using found film and stock footage altered by printing, home development and solarization. It is a film using visual relationships to invoke a feeling of flow and movement. Japanese Koto music.

    KRISTALLNACHT (1979, 7 min., 16mm)

    Dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, and the tenacity of the human spirit.



    ELASTICITY (1976, 25 min., 16mm)

    Impressionistic surrealism in three acts. The approach is literary experimental with optical effects. There are three mental states that are interesting: amnesia, euphoria and ecstasy. Amnesia is not knowing who you are and wanting desperately to know. I call this the White Night. Euphoria is not knowing who you are and not caring. This is the Dream of Meditation. Ecstasy is knowing exactly who you are and still not caring. I call this the Memory of the Future.  This is an autobiographical film funded by the American Film Institute.

    After graduating from Berkeley with a degree in anthropology, Strand threw herself into the cultural ferment of the Bay Area in the 1960s, especially Canyon Cinema, where she was one of its founders and instigators, with Bruce Baillie.  After four years she moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA and joined the newly formed Ethnographic Film Program.  Meeting Pat O’Neill, who was at that time beginning his experiments with the optical printer, she made Waterfall (1967), a film that solarized and otherwise re-worked both live-action and found footage in the vein of contemporary West Coast psychedelia.  This overall aesthetic continued to inform Strand’s work, but it was sharpened and made more serious by her encounter with what seemed an entirely contrary idiom, that of documentary ethnography.  She did not get involved with the Hollywood film industry, but taught film for twenty years at Occidental College.  She also painted extensively.  Her second husband was Marty Muller, known more widely as the artist Neon Park, and she had one son, Eric Strand, a film editor. – Largely drawn from The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2005), pp. 358

    “Her passing comes to me and others at Canyon Cinema with great sadness….Chick was one of the founders of Canyon Cinema and the Cinematheque. She always supported Canyon in all of the endeavors that have been done in the past. Personally she and I became close over the years and I could always count on her for advice in matters of Canyon and also on a very personal level.
    I will miss her greatly and her passing is a loss to the entire community. The experimental film community has lost a great human being. Her absence will be felt for some time.” – Dominic Angerame, Executive Director, Canyon Cinema

    Chick Strand changed my life. A great teacher, a great filmmaker, a great human being. I am so grateful to have met her and learned from her. I would not be who I am today had I not met her. I was just one of so many students, but she was and will forever be a gigantic presence in my soul. – Brook Hinton, filmmaker

    This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.


  • Light Industry: Ulrike Ottinger's Taiga

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    Ulrike Ottinger, 16mm, 1991/2, 501 mins
    Light Industry
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:00pm
    220 36th Street, 5th Floor
    Brooklyn, New York

    Presented by Ginger Brooks Takahashi

    "Taiga is Ulrike Ottinger's eight hour documentary film on life in Northern Mongolia, a journey to the yak and reindeer nomads. For this presentation at Light Industry, we will watch the film in its entirety. Food will be served, but please also bring things to share. Attempts and interpretations of the region's cuisine are encouraged--yak butter and various ferments? English translations of the transcript will be provided to the audience to read along.


  • Impakt 2009: Accelerated Living screenings

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    pohjola_routemaster2In the context of the programme “Accelerated Living”, part of IMPAKT FESTIVAL 2009, 14-18 October 2009, Utrecht, NL. Preview here.

    All screenings @ Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt

    It seems as if time is increasingly out of joint. We no longer experience time as a succession or an acceleration of events, but rather as something adrift in a fragmented world of information stimuli, out of the realm of chronology and linearity. What is the impact of this evolution on our perception patterns? How do the different internal, natural, social and technological rhythms relate to each other and influence our daily sensory perception? What is the role and potential of cinema, together with music, the art form most particularly devoted to the shaping force of time? These and other questions will be explored through a series of contemporary and historic film and video works addressing the relation between space, movement, technology and (our experience of) time. Via Diagonal Thoughts.



  • 13th Annual MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival

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    The 13th Annual MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival
    Kicks off September 16 at El Rio with World Premieres, Live Musical  Accompaniment, and Directors in Person.
    Screening the best films by women directors from around the world

    When:  September 16, 2009, Doors open at 6:30pm and films start at 8:30 pm
    Rain or Shine. Tickets at the door CASH only $8­-$20 Sliding scale

    Where:  El Rio, 3158 Mission Street at Precita Street in San Francisco.


  • TIE: The Ross Edition

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    TIE: The Ross Edition

    September 24-25, 2009
    Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
    Lincoln, Nebraska

    In contrast to their predecessors like Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Peter Kubelka, and Andy Warhol, the younger generations of experimental cinema are perhaps defined by new cultural and geographical alliances. Innovative work with original celluloid-based film is undergoing a renaissance across the world. This revival manifests itself not only in the captivating works of new artists who have broken onto the scene, but also in film-cultural initiatives, in critical reception (particularly among young online writers) and in the art world, where film projections are again playing a paradoxical "avant-garde role" vis-à-vis the omnipresence of video installations.

    Join us for the new edition of TIE, a presentation that illuminates the continuing vitality of experimental cinema with 35mm and 16mm films from Argentina, Germany, Finland, USA, Spain, Netherlands, and Austria . A special presentation of the 1965 classic avant garde film, Vinyl, by Andy Warhol, will conclude the program.

    TIE curator, Christopher May, will be present to introduce the programs and answer questions.


    - Una forma estúpida de decir adiós, Paulo Pecora (35mm, 5 min., Argentina, 2004)
    - Freude (Delight), Thomas Draschan (35mm, 3min., Austria, 2009)
    - Opening Night, Tim Leyendekker (35mm, 5 min., Netherlands, 2009)
    - Trypps #5 (Dubai), Ben Russell (16mm, 3 min., USA/UAE, 2008)
    - Polterabend, Friedl vom Gröller (16mm, 3 min., Austria, 2009)
    - Color by Technicolor, Noah Stout (35mm, 1 min., USA, 2008)
    - Käfig (Cage), Karl Kels (35mm, 14 min., Germany, 2009)
    - Exactly, Sami Van Ingen (35mm, 8 min., Finland, 2008)
    - Film Quartet / Polyframe, Antoni Pinent (35mm, 9 min., Spain, 2008)
    - #37, Joost Rekveld (35mm, 31 min., Netherlands, 2009)
    - Trypps #6 (Malobi), Ben Russell (16mm, 12 min., USA/Suriname, 2009)
    - Burning Palace, Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring (35mm, 32 min., Austria, 2009)

    Q&A & Intermission

    - Vinyl, Andy Warhol (16mm, 70min. USA, 1965)


  • Rooftop Films: 'Rock Heart Beijing' & 'The End Of The Line'

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    Rooftop Films: 'Rock Heart Beijing' & 'The End Of The Line'

    Friday August 21
    Rock Heart Beijing
    US Premiere!
    If you think it’s hard being a punk rocker in the USA, try making it in China.
    Free Sangria Reception After The Film
    Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory
    Address: 232 3rd St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/ Park Slope, Brooklyn)
    Directions: F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union Ave.
    8:00PM: Doors open
    8:30PM: Live music presented by Sound Fix Records
    9:00PM: Film
    11:00PM–12:30AM: Reception in courtyard including free sangria courtesy of Carlo Rossi

    Saturday August 22
    Rooftop Films and The Fledgling Fund present
    The End Of The Line
    Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences.
    Venue: The Beach at Governor’s Island
    Address: On the beach along the water on Governor’s Island, just to the West of the Ferry landing
    Directions: The Water Taxi's will leave every 15 minutes from the Battery Maritime Building Slip 7 on the Southern Tip of Manhattan
    8:00PM: Doors open
    8:30PM: Live music presented by Sound Fix Records
    9:00PM: Film
    Tickets: $12 at the door or online
    Presented in partnership with: The Fledgling Fund, Cinereach & New York magazine

    For more information about these events and others, please contact:
    Danielle Kourtesis
    Music and Outreach Manager, Rooftop Films
    232 3rd St, #D101
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    (718) 417-7362


  • Visual Deflections featuring Pipilotti Rist

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    Visual Deflections featuring Pipilotti Rist
    Curated by Eleanor Lawler and Katherine Nolan
    Sat 29th August 2009, 6.30pm till late
    Corbet Place
    Old Truman Brewery
    15 Hanbury st, E1 6QR, Ely's yard

    Pipilotti Rist’s pioneering video work has been aspirational for a generation of emerging artists. This event will screen a selection of these artists alongside Rist’s (Absolutions) Pipilotti’s Mistakes. Her influence is reflected in the concept of Visual Deflections, a homage to her use of disjuncture and distortion

    The idea of Visual Deflections infers the interruption of the image through distortions of time, movement, light and space. It may also suggest a manipulation of assumptions and identifications that reverberate between the spectator and screen

    The works will be shown as a screening from 6.30 Sat night and video installation will continue until Sun 11pm. The venue, Corbet Place, is part of the Old Truman Brewery at the heart of Shoreditch’s vibrant creative scene. The brickwork of the club provides a stripped back aesthetic for the screening, which will be followed by music curated by Back to the Wood.

    Artists: Pipilotti Rist, Clint Enns, Ted Sonnenschein, Tessa Garland, Katherine Nolan , Eleanor Lawler, Jonathan Gilhooly, Jan Hakon Erichsen, Ciara Scanlan, Victoria Melody, Anders Weberg, Theo Tagholm, Lisa Flynn, Hillary Williams, Mathew Guillford, Alan Magee, Jeremy Newman, Saskia Vermeulen, Angelo Picozzi, Sarah Breen, Ella Bertilsson, Lia Chavez


  • tank tv: Florence Lazar

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    Now Showing: Florence Lazar
    12th August - 1st September 2009
    tank.tv is pleased to present a selection of work by Florence Lazar.

    Since the late 1990’s, Florence Lazar has been making films about the situation in Former-Yugoslavia.

    The events in the region have led her to explore questions of identity and politics in a post-conflict situation. Mostly motionless, her camera stresses the presence of the artist which is characterised by her absence of verbal or physical intervention. Similar to that of a mute interlocuter, Lazar’s position creates a space that belongs to the people she films, a space that is shaped by their testimonies on war, politics and identity.

    Florence Lazar was born in 1966 and studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she lives and works. She has exhibited widely internationally and in 2007 her work was included in Vide´o et apre`s, Centre Pompidou, Paris