• Animation Breakdown

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    Animation Breakdown is a weekend of screenings and discussion, exploring the relationships
    between drawing, moving image, and the influence of digital technologies.
    At Tate Modern, London, on 20 and 21 March 2009.

    For the full programme visit:

    Animation Breakdown Study Day, Saturday, 21 March
    With an emphasis on practice, and the artist’s perspective, the day will embrace an eclectic range of approaches, and ask how digital and hybrid technologies are influencing artists and their work.

    Curators Stoffel Debuysere and María Palacios Cruz will kick things off with an illustrated talk to help "dismantle the common a priori assumptions on animation film and its limitations".

    As part of their presentation, they’re showing some films, too:

    - Snack and Drink (Bob Sabiston, USA, 1999, 3’40”)
    - The Simpson Verdict (Kota Ezawa, GE/US, 2002, 3’)
    - Infinite Justice (Karl Tebbe, Germany, 2006, 2’)
    - The Quick and the Dead (Stephen Andrews, Canada, 2004, 1’30”)
    - I've got a guy running (Jonathon Kirk, USA, 2006, 7’12”)
    - Paths of g (Dietmar Offenhuber, Austria, 2006, 1’)
    - Capitalism : slavery (Ken Jacobs, USA, 2007, silent, 3’)

    The rest of the day is given over to three panels of artists, presenting and discussing their work:

    Simon Faithfull, Ann Course, Samba Fall, Joshua Mosley, David Blair, Jennifer Steinkamp,
    Dryden Goodwin, Emily Richardson, Ori Gersht

    The panels are chaired by curators Angela Kingston, Steven Bode and David Chandler.

    Animation Breakdown Weekend Screenings: Computer Baroque
    Friday 20 March 2009, 7pm
    Computer Baroque programme - digital animation art and experiment, curated by Richard Wright, featuring the works of Karl Sims, William Latham, John Witney, Paul Garrin, Shelley Lake and Ruth Lingford.

    Saturday 21 March 2009, 7pm
    WAX, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees, (David Blair, USA/Germany, 1991), followed by a Q&A with the artist.

    For tickets book online or call 020 7887 8888
    Study Day: £15.00 / £10.00 concessions
    Screenings: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions


  • CU-Boulder Film Studies to Host Fifth Annual Brakhage Symposium

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    Acclaimed film curators from both sides of the country will meet at the University of Colorado at Boulder to help celebrate the Fifth Annual Stan Brakhage Symposium on March 14-15.

    Steve Seid, video curator at the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mark McElhatten, New York City curator and archivist for Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, will present programs intended to "shed light on the contemporary world of avant-garde filmmaking and artistry, focusing on the exploration of moving visual art, past, present and future."

    The two-day event is sponsored by the CU-Boulder Film Studies Program and will be held in the ATLAS building on the Boulder campus. Each day will feature short films, presentations and panels that will examine the contemporary avant-garde world. All events are free and open to the public.

    The symposium began in 2005 to recognize, honor and carry on the legacy of the late Stan Brakhage, who is credited by many visual artists as a man who once all but defined the American avant-garde film movement. Brakhage taught at CU-Boulder from 1981 until his death in 2003 and held the title of distinguished professor of film studies.

    Brakhage began his filmmaking career in 1952 and completed more than 350 films, ranging from the psychodramatic works of the early 1950s to autobiographical lyrics, mythological epics, "documents" and metaphorical film "poems."

    Each year the symposium brings members of the experimental film and video community together to celebrate art, to share ideas and to promote the evolution of the moving image.

    The symposium was made possible by grants from The William H. Donner Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    For a complete schedule of events visit the Films Studies Program's Web site at www.colorado.edu/FilmStudies/brakhage/symposium_5.htm.


    Don Yannacito, 303-492-1532
    [email protected]
    Dirk Martin, 303-492-3140


  • Tank tv: John Latham

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    Now Showing: John Latham
    22nd February - 14th March 2009

    tank.tv is extremely pleased to present a rare opportunity to view John Latham's films:
    Unedited Material from the Star, Talk Mr Bard, Speak, Britannica, Erth and more.

    The influence of John Latham (1921-2006), an artist whose work includes painting, performance and film to mention just a few, has extended far beyond the boundaries of the art world. Interested in theoretical physics, Latham developed an opposing cosmology which rejected the primacy of space and matter and favour of time and event. The body of work and concepts which developed out of this way of thinking continue to challenge the way we conceive of art as event and of the place of the artist within society.

    With special thanks to LUX.

    Flat Time House, John Latham's home and studio, has been open to the public by since October 2008 for a programme of exhibitions and events, and as an archive and research centre. Details of opening hours and forthcoming events can be found at www.flattimeho.org.uk


  • Experimental Filmclub: Venom, Eternity And Other Discrepancies

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    Venmo and EternityThis month’s film programme pays homage to Discrepant Cinema, the bold manifesto by one of the most radical filmmakers in film’s history: Jean-Isidore Isou. According to Isou, one must divide to conquer. This applies to the two wings of cinema: sound (speech) and image, which he wanted by all means to sever: “I want to separate the ear from its movie master: the eye.” Isou advocated for a cinema in which the images, in their photographic and representative obsolescence, must rot, giving way to the breakage of the spontaneous association that made speech the correspondent of vision. “Who ever said that cinema, whose meaning is motion, has to be the motion of images and not the motion of words?” Isou proclaimed.

    Sunday 22nd February
    Ha'penny Bridge Inn (upstairs) / 4pm / Doors: 5 Euro

    See full programme.


  • Cinema Abattoir presents The man we want to anger

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    cinema_abattoir_-_the_man_we_want_to_angerCINEMA ABATTOIR



    Saturday February 21 2009
    Projection: 21h / 5$
    L'Envers - 185 Van Horne (Montréal, QC, Canada)


    A film by CA CA CA
    Québec / France, 2009, approx 101 minutes
    Soundtrack includes:
    Solar Skeletons, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Torso, Sonic Youth, Earth, NON, Blake Hargreaves, Menace Ruine



  • Jeff Keen UK tour

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    The Britsh Film Insititute has prepared a set of activities that will surround the edition in DVD and Blu-Ray of Jeff Keen's film works:

    - A series of programmes at the BFI Southbank: Early Jeff Keen Films (17 Feb., 20:40), Dr G's Home Movies (19 Feb., 20:40), Joy Thru Film (25 Feb., 20:40) and Artwar (27 Feb., 18:20).

    - A UK tour of a selection of Keen's films. So far only the Electric Palace at Hastings (18 March), Arnolfini at Bristol (27 March) and the Belfast Film Festival (29 March) have been confirmed.

    You can follw up all the activities in the webpage specially built for the occasion by the BFI.


  • Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice

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    Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice

    Rosa Barba, Peter Gidal, Tom Holert, Alexander Kluge, Emily Roysdon, Emily Wardill and Cerith Wyn Evans

    In November 2007 the Office for Contemporary Art Norway held a three-day seminar in Oslo that brought together artists, critics and theorists to articulate or respond to the ways in which we might understand film to be a critical practice. It was accompanied by a film programme curated by Ian White.
    Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice is a series of ‘talks’ that further explores the same proposition from international and intergenerational perspectives and extends the idea of ‘critical practice’ to incorporate the structure of the event itself.
    It includes a continued enquiry into the work of three artists whose films and videos were also shown in Oslo: Emily Wardill interviews Peter Gidal and Emily Roysdon presents a specially conceived performative work.
    Rosa Barba’s two-projector scultpure/sound work Western Round Table 2027 is shown alongside a selection of original recordings from the 1949 Western Round Table on Modern Art featuring contributions from Marcel Duchamp, Frank Lloyd Wright and Arnold Schoenburg.
    There is an interactive presentation of the German television programme Reformzirkus (1970) in which the celebrated German filmmaker, writer and thinker Alexander Kluge intervenes to expose not only the construction of the programme itself but also cultural and social prejudice and radical, revolutionary ideas about the function of the medium that assault the established order.
    Artist Cerith Wyn Evans makes a special live event and the series begins with writer and academic Tom Holert’s presentation of his recent video Ricostruzione: Dissertori/Libera (Towards a Historical Fable about Modernist Architecture and Psychology) (2007, co-authored with Claudia Honecke, commissioned by Manifesta 7). He discusses the relation between the critical practices of writing and art making, or working as a critic and as an artist making critical video, the coexistence and the navigation of these things.
    Tues 3 Feb Tom Holert
    Tues 10 Feb Cerith Wyn Evans
    Tues 17 Feb Rosa Barba / Western Round Table
    Tues 3 Mar Emily Roysdon
    Tues 10 Mar Reformzirkus
    Tues 24 Mar Emily Wardill & Peter Gidal
    All events start at 7pm and are held at LUX 28, 28 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2EZ. Admission Free, booking essential as places are limited, to book please email [email protected]
    For further information and images, please contact [email protected]


  • Media City changes dates and adress

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    The Media City International Festival Of Film And Video Art (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) has changed its date for the 2009 edition and its contact address. The event will be held on May 20-23. Works applying for entry in this edition can be sent until February 20th to the new address:

    Media City Film Festival
    309 Chatham Street West
    Windsor ON N9A 5M8 CANADA
    tel. +1 519 973 9368


  • Yale University: Films by Robert Beavers

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    beaversMy Hand Outstretched: Films by Robert Beavers
    Thursday, January 29th-Tuesday, February 3rd 2009
    Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street and the Yale University Art Gallery

    Schedule of Events:
    Thursday, January 29th:
    - 7:00-9:00 PM First evening film screening in the Whitney Humanities Center with post-screening discussion.  Films will include Early Monthly Segments (1968-70/2002), The Stoas (1991-97), and The Ground (1993/2001).

    Friday, January 30th:
    - 4:00 PM Master's Tea at Saybrook College
    - 7:00 PM Second evening film screening in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium with discussion.  Films will include Ruskin (1975/1997) and Pitcher of Colored Light (2007).

    Tuesday, February 3rd:
    - Presentation by Richard Suchenski on Robert Beavers' work at the Yale University Art Gallery beginning with a screening of Amor (1980).

    This three-day visit will provide students and faculty at Yale with a rare opportunity to see a wide range of Beavers' films and to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with him about his work.

    Co-sponsored by the Yale Avant-Garde Film Colloquium, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Council on European Studies, and Saybrook College.

    Please email [email protected] with any questions.