... and here's the second part of my documentation of my artist-in-residence work at iota. The "proto-show" of "Violent Movies Unraveled."
One of my interests is the evolution of cinematic form with respect to space. Since the beginning of film history, cinema has compressed physical space onto a single plane – the movie screen. This means we never really see characters face to face – no matter what they’re doing to one another. “Violent Movies Unraveled” re-edits famous movie scenes for two screens so that attackers face their attackees.
The prototype performance happened on a pair of apartment windows in Los Angeles on December 7, 2012. The windows were visible to people walking or driving past the building. The movies used for the proto-show were Psycho and Scarface. Although sound wasn’t used in the proto-show, you can view split-screen composites with sound at: my website.
Wrapping up my time as Artist-in-Residence here. Thanks to everybody at iota for having me - I had a lot of fun and hopefully didn't wake the neighbors too much :-) ... Anyway, I got initial research done on a few projects and ideas, so I'll be posting video samples over the coming weeks. The first is something I"m calling PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System).
PIGS is planned as a framework for visual performance based on percussion gestures (but not sounds) – and non-rectilinear forms. I grew up performing music, and still play drums now and then. In doing visual performances, I’ve found myself instinctively performing it as though I were playing a visual percussion instrument. Although I tend to approach sound/visual pairings with skepticism, in this case, we’re not really using sound, just borrowing from a particular sound-based practice.
Anyway, here’s a very first video. The system is very rough – content and processing are in a very basic stage, and there’s lots of latency right now. The percussion audio is just there for illustrative purposes – PIGS is intended to produce visuals only. You can read more about PIGS on the YouTube page:
At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street near Sunset
Screening new and classic films of Stephanie Maxwell with the filmmaker in person!
Stephanie Maxwell is a California-born filmmaker who practices a unique form of experimental filmmaking art. Her techniques include direct on film painting and etching, object animation, motion painting, copier techniques, live action manipulation, and much more. Her works blend the hands-on approach to animation with digital processes in very creative ways. Most of her works are collaborations with composers, from idea through realization. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion of techniques and artistic process, with Stephanie Maxwell in person.
Audiovisual performance and digital media artist Amy Alexander joins iotaCenter as Artist-in-Residence for Fall 2012. Amy will be doing some new work on Discotrope: The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells, as well as research for upcoming projects in gestural and spatial cinematic performance. Amy is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego.
The long awaited DVD of the work of Adam K. Beckett.
Come join us at the Mandrake to celebrate the release of this latest addition to our KINETICA Video Library. In addition to Beckett's six complete films, the disc is filled with previously unreleased material that's been sitting in a vault for over 30 years --- animation from unfinished films, loops made for light shows, a portfolio of drawings, and an animation collaboration with artist Kathy Rose which had never been filmed!
Get a short overview of these works from Beckett biographer Pam Turner, reconnect with old friends, and raise a glass to Adam's memory. We hope you can join the celebration. Copies of the DVD will be on sale at the party, but if you can't make it, you can order yours from our online store starting on Jan 7th.
To count down our release date for the brand new Adam K. Beckett DVD we are periodically uploading some videos that we were unable to include on the DVD. Why were we unable to include these? Because the DVD was getting over loaded AND we have much better unreleased and extra segments, interviews, loops and more.
This segment was digitized by iota Board Member, Pamela Turner - Adam K. Beckett biographer and project director.
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