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Paul shepherd
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iotaQuarterly 2016 V1: Miko Revereza -

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As a new means

to bring visual music to you we are starting a new series of blog posts titled the iotaQuarterly.  The goal is to introduce new works from established, emerging and up-and-coming artists in a variety of areas of visual music, fine art animation and experimental film.  As much as possible we try to bring previously unreleased films, images and artwork making these Quarterlies a digital opportunity to premiere works. miko_3
Click to view the Arabic Series

To begin we introduce Miko Revereza!  A regular name with dublab, creating energetic and abstract live-visuals for events, and the Echo Park Film Center, where he was an artist in resident in 2014 working on Pixelvision media, it was inevitable that we also introduce him to you.  His vimeo page is a treasure trove of fragments, experiments and other observations.  "Curiouser and curiouser" I found myself saying on a particular series of Arabic Numerals.  Initially there were only 1 - 6, but after some discussion (as well as begging and pleading) Miko has generously allowed the remainder 7 - 13 to be broadcast to us now for the first time The Arabic Series is a grab-bag of video glitches, feedback loops and passing thoughts.  The images, all recorded from his mobile phone, are complex and often difficult to distinguish, which welcomes the relatively simplistic audio. The series starts off with what seems to be a subtle request to be super human.  Miko uses the most basic VFX technique of forced perspective extending his finger in front of the camera against some neon lights as if to say "I want super powers."  From there the series jumps off the cliff of crazy abstract video glitches.

After viewing

just a few of these pieces I couldn't leave it at that. I had to know more.  So, I sent Miko a few brain teasers and this is his response
Click to view the Arabic Series
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iota: Tell me about this series and how it came about.
MR: This is an informal collection of random visual experiments from my phone documenting things I was working on and using various apps to process the footage. It's a given I always have my phone on me and so I started to work on these little experiments here and there while waiting for the bus or before falling asleep. I like the idea that I can create things on my phone. I feel like the phone gets back to what's happening at that moment, that initial spark of creativity and inquiry for visual experimentation.
iota: What are your thoughts on the term of "visual music"?
MR: I taped a lot of music videos when I was in elementary school. I had a pretty great collection on one VHS tape, I wish I still had it. That was my intro to moving pictures and visual music. I guess the musicality of visuals is inherent in the medium since both music and cinema are both physical/time based mediums. In both, I'm drawn to the volatility of it. The camera image getting progressively shakier and shakier as your arm gets tired. Or the generation loss and deterioration of the image when it's getting transferred, or re-recorded. I'm into that and how we stay authentic to the physicality of these mediums even as a purely digital form.
iota: Can you name some artists that have influenced you? Can you describe how or why?
MR: Nam-June Paik made me feel like being an Asian American doing video art is a very cool thing. Let's fuck with these American TV images the way these images have fucked with our cultural identity.
Hype Williams is my favorite Hip-hop video director. He had dope visual style in the 90s that was so saturated, sci-fi and noir at the same time. His iconic mirrored room sets look like Yayoi Kusama installations shot with a fish eye lens with Puffy and ma$e in front with shiny vinyl red jump suits.
Communist Godard inspires me more than early New Wave Godard because in these films you can see the process of learning as he goes along, the film contains the notes on how he made the film or "means of production" and how easy it is for you to make this film too.
Wim Wenders and particularly his documentaries A Notebook of Cities and Clothes and Tokyo Ga showed me that making a documentary about a subject in the beginning can lead you to making a documentary about your TV in the end. Cinema and media is infinitely meta.
iota: Where do you find the most or best exposure for your work and can you explain why you think that is?
MR: Depending on what kind of work it is gets exposure in a particular cultural sphere. I get a lot of exposure from doing commissioned music videos because of the infrastructure of PR that's already set up for it. I also get exposure doing live video art at music shows or doing video installations in galleries. I think my favorite and most rewarding kind of exposure is when my film is in a film festival. My film DROGA which I shot on Super 8 during my residency at the Echo Park Film Center has been touring all these international film festivals as part of a retrospective program of Philippine experimental cinema (Kalampag Tracking Agency). Its amazing that my film has been to more cities than I ever have and gets to meet all these people around the world.
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As you can see

Miko is quite a bright young filmmaker who is not only grabbing influences from all over time and space, but also maintaining his creativity whether he be waiting for a bus on the streets of LA or commissioned by a record company to make a music video.  He exemplifies many of the positive characteristics of immediacy and patience.  Creativity seems to radiate out of his fingertips.  And I hear from a secret inside source that he is in the midst of production on a feature length film.  I'm quite excited to see how that turns out and if you haven't yet, please check out his Arabic Numeral Series.  
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Paul shepherd
11.21.2011   

Nov 21 - 27, 2011 -

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Clip of the Week

Animation Breakdown 2011 (trailer!) from Cinefamily

Cinefamily is putting together a great Festival of Animation. There is so much packed into a small weekend. The Festival includes films by Don Hertzfeldt, Brothers Quays, Spike Jones, Jeff Scher, Bruce Bickford, and many others. Appearances by Don Hertzfeldt and so many others will be there in person. Check out the trailer and check out the schedule. Get your tickets now!


 

Person of the Week

Konstantin Palyanov

First Prize Winner at this year's Punto y Raya Festival

Congratulations to Konstantin Palyanov for his film CHASMA - m13, which won this years First Prize at our favorite film festival. This Russian born filmmaker and artist works in advertising, but still finds the time to make some great experimental animation on the side. To see more of his work check out his website.
 

   
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Site of the Week

Dublab

That's right. Our friends at Dublab are back at it again. In the middle of their Proton Drive fundraiser they play some outstanding music and fill their time slots with special live guests. Donate and get some great prizes or just donate and get a tax deduction. However you help they'll be glad for it. And remember, for them it starts with the music, but continues into other great artforms.
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Paul shepherd
11.07.2011   

iotaWeekly Nov. 7th - 13th -

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Clip of the Week

apres le feu by Jacques Perconte

This is an excerpt from a brilliant bit of filmmaking. As all media makers know, compressing and re-compressing in the digital age can create some unexpected results. This piece takes that concept and pushes it to an extreme. The pixels slowly degenerate though out the video until what is left is a smear of painted pixels spilling out across the image. Eventually, the image collapses to the point of being completely impossible to percieve the original picture. This is merely an excerpt. So, make sure to keep an eye open for it at a nearby film festival.


 

Artist of the Week

Adam Hyman

Congratulations to Adam Hyman and everyone at the LA Filmforum. Not only has their Pacific Standard Time initiative project of Alternative Projections trumpeted off with brilliant success, but they recently had a dense write up in the New York Times commending them for their intense and historically ground breaking project. If you are in the area and have not checked out a show you must. The next one will be held on November 11th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and it's absolutely free. We'll see you there.
 

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Site of the Week


Film-makers Cooperative


Celibrating 50 glourous years of distributing great films around the globe we have the New York Filmmakers Cooperative. This year they will have their 5th Annual Art Auction and Benifit Concert. Mark your calanders of November 16th! You have no reason not to go and support the wonderful institution that we know and love. Many filmmakers will be auctioning artwork and singing praise of the great institution. We look forward to 50 more years!
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Paul shepherd
10.31.2011   

The iotaWeekly - October 31rd to November 6th, 2011

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Clip of the Week

Punto y Raya 2011 trailer

Once again our friends at the Punto y Raya Film Festival have put together a wonderful program of new and old films. They have compiled them into a beautiful and delicate trailer exemplifying all the different kinds of abstract films that will be bombarding Madrid from November 3rd to 6th. If you are in the area you simply must make your way over. Many of our old friends will be included this year - Richard Reeves, Ying Tan, Chris Casady, Jodie Mack, Joaquin Gil, Huckleberry Lain and many more. There will also be a retrospective screening organized by us at the iotaCenter. Don't forget to vote for your favorite film!


 

Artist of the Week

Barry Schrader

Not only is Barry Schrader well known in his own right as a brilliant composer of abstract music, but we remember him best for his infusion of abstraction in films such as Adam K. Beckett's Heavy-Light. This coming weekend will be the latest intrusion of his brilliance in another category - curation and presentation at the SCREAM Festival presented by SCREAM and NewTown. The Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music Festival will be held at RedCat and be featuring some of the best collaborations of audio and visual abstractions created in recent years. As the founder, the festival would never have been possible with out Barry Schrader. This is on the recommended to do lists if you are in LA this weekend so get your tickets now while they are still available.

For more information about Barry Schrader and his work, please visit his site.
 

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VMA 2011

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Visual Music Awards 2011


And finally, if you are in Frankfurt, Germany this week we will expect you to check out the Visual Music Awards 2011. In it's 5th year the VMA will be the most intense yet. With 13 films entered from all around the world the ceremony announcing the best of the best will be held on November 1st. Stay tuned, keep your ears to the ground and hold your breath that your favorite will win.
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J-walt
10.24.2011   

The iotaWeekly - October 24-30, 2011

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The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.


Clip of the Week

The 600 Years

Outdoor projection-mapping on buildings is becoming a popular way to bring visual excitement to a space during a special event. Here is a great example, featuring a 600-year-old clock tower in Prague. The historical building appears to come alive and travel through time.


 

Artist of the Week

Bill Alves

With the release of Bill Alves' new DVD Celestial Dance, we're honoring Bill as Artist of the Week!

Bill Alves is a composer, writer, and video artist based in Southern California. He has written extensively for acoustic and electronic instruments and also worked in mixed media, including the integration of music and computer video, robot choreography, and web art. Thomson/Schirmer published his book Music of the Peoples of the World in 2005 and his other writings have appeared in numerous journals such as Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, SEAMUS Journal, and 1/1. From 1993-94 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow in Indonesia. He is one of the organizers of MicroFest, the annual Southern California festival of new music in alternate tunings. He teaches at Harvey Mudd College of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California, where he also directs the American Gamelan Ensemble. His video work "Aleph" (2002) is also available at the iotaCenter store.

For more information about Bill Alves and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Profile and his website.
 

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Site of the Week

BAM/PFA
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A place to explore cinema from every film-producing country in the world, the Pacific Film Archive reaches out through the art of cinema to the many cultures that make up the lively Bay Area community. With daily screenings—over 600 different programs are offered each year—PFA presents rare and rediscovered prints of movie classics, new and historic works by the world’s great film directors, restored silent films with live musical accompaniment, thematic retrospectives, and exciting experiments by today’s film and video artists, including provocative, independently made fiction and documentary films.
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J-walt
10.17.2011   

The iotaWeekly - October 17th - October 23, 2011

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Relentless, The REV from flight404 on Vimeo.

Clip of the Week

"Relentless, The REV" by flight404
Music by The Flashbulb

   

Site of the Week

wonderfl
An online collaboration site allowing users to create, share, and create variations on Flash interactive projects.
Recommended projects:
Sketch of Voronoi 
WireForest
Fireworks

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Person of the Week

Ed Emshwiller

Emshwiller (1925-1990) was an influential figure in the experimental film movement that helped expand the horizons of American filmmaking in the 1960's and his work was frequently shown in museums and festivals.

He was an abstract expressionist painter and award-winning science-fiction illustrator before turning his attention to film and video. Many of his experimental films, including Relativity, Totem, Three Dancers and Thanatopsis have received awards and screenings at film festivals in New York, London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Cannes and a number of other cities.

In early 1979, he produced the ground-breaking three-minute 3-D computer work entitled Sunstone, made at the New York Institute of Technology with the help of Alvy Ray Smith as software programmer.

As dean of CalArts' film/video school (1979-1990), he infected his students and staff with his enthusiasm for art and technology, supporting multimedia projects and founding the CalArts computer lab.

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J-walt
10.10.2011   

The iotaWeekly - October 10th - October 16, 2011

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Clip of the Week

"River Lethe" (1985) by Amy Kravitz

A non-narrative and abstract visual poem in five parts. Its title refers to the underworld river of forgetfullness. The drawings are created from non-traditional animation media including rubbed and erased graphite, pigment, and aluminum powders to make an animate surface of unusual richness.

River Lethe from Amy Kravitz on Vimeo.



Site of the Week

Young Projects Gallery
An alternative space devoted to showcasing and supporting the art of moving imagery. Located withing the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, You Projects Gallery curates and showcases video art and installation. Well worth a visit!

Person of the Week
Mirai Mizue


Mirai Mizue is continuing to create stunning works of abstract animation.  He was born in 1981 in Tokyo and studied animation at Tama Arts University. His hand-drawn animations are characterized by his affection towards cells in his non-narrative animation films. His films have been nominated in some major animation festivals like Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa and Hiroshima.

In the last few years, he has been animating distinctive abstract designs, creatures that morph and crawl, each a particular genotype with its own behavior. Check out "And And", a music video he created for Toru Matsumoto. In this animation, Mizue continues to evolve and explore his menagerie of playful creatures, making them dance and transform across the paper. Shades of Kandinsky, Japanese prints, Len Lye, Busby Berkeley, psychedelic comics, Adam Beckett and much more.


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J-walt
10.03.2011   

The iotaWeekly - October 3rd - October 9th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
First trailer for the upcoming film series "Undone".
A work-in-progress by artist C. Andrew Rohrmann (aka SCNTFC). Macro photography of bubbles, and liquid flow.

Music by scntfc and Morgan Kuhli

Undone from scntfc on Vimeo.



Site of the Week

EMPAC

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) opened its doors in 2008 and was hailed by the New York Times as a “technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses… dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been done before.”
Founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC offers artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, designers, and audiences opportunities for creative exploration that are available nowhere else under a single roof. EMPAC operates nationally and internationally, attracting creative individuals from around the world and sending new artworks and innovative ideas onto the global stage.



Person of the Week
Caroline Leaf

In anticipation of the World Arts Day Animation workshop by the iotaCenter, we're celebrating the work of Caroline Leaf. A master of under-the-camera and direct animation, Leaf has created personal, expressive, and touching films using a variety of techniques including sand and paint on glass. Her 1991 film "Two Sisters" was creating using "direct animation" -- etching each image directly on 70 mm film. See her website, and learn how to create direct animation at the workshop on October 8!




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Gina napolitan
09.26.2011   

The iotaWeekly - September 26th - October 2nd, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"BLA BLA: A Film for Computer" (2011) by Vincent Morisset

Simple and thought-provoking, with a beautifully hypnotic musical score, this NFB-funded interactive piece aims to explore the basic principles of human communication through a unique blend of digital and stop-motion animation.

"The viewer makes the story possible: without him or her, the characters remain inert, waiting for the next interaction. The spectator clicks, plays and searches through the uncluttered scenes, truly driving the experience."

Click the image to right to be directed to the project interface on NFB's website!





Site of the Week
New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant Garde

Friday, September 30th marks the start of the 49th annual New York Film Festival, presented in affiliation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Of particular interest to fans of experimental film is the Views from the Avant Garde program, which will be screening a number of new and classic works by groundbreaking filmmakers including George Kuchar, Ernie Gehr, Paul Clipson, Lewis Klahr, Betzy Bromberg, and Kevin Jerome Everson.






Person of the Week
Ben Rivers

Among the films screening in this year's Views from the Avant Garde program are works by London-based filmmaker Ben Rivers. Navigating both the art gallery world and the film festival circuit, Rivers creates works which similarly walk the line between documentary and fiction, landscape and portraiture. Visit his website to learn more about his distinctive work.
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J-walt
09.19.2011   

The iotaWeekly - September 19th - September 25th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
Yantra (1957) by James Whitney

A meditation on the nature of matter and energy
Created with hand-drawn particle animation, optical printing, and hand-developed solarized film. Electronic soundtrack by Henk Badings.


Site of the Week
National Film Board of Canada http://www.nfb.ca/

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective.





Person of the Week
Jordan Belson

On September 6, 2011, the great film pioneer Jordan Belson died. He leaves behind a monumental body of works that illustrate spiritual journeys and heightened states of mind. The New York Times described him as "Part avant-garde animator, part optical alchemist, part mystic, part psychologist of perception, Mr. Belson made more than 30 short films between the late 1940s and 2005, all of which defy ready classification. Wordless, they employ moving, abstract images of mercurial fluidity painstakingly choreographed to music. As they slowly change size, form, color and direction, the images rivet the eye."

Jordan Belson was highly influential for many generations of Visual Music makers. To this day his process is still somewhat mysterious, but his images speak for themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/movies/jordan-belson-experimental-filmmaker-dies-at-85.html

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