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Gina napolitan
08.29.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 29th - September 4th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"PiKA PiKA Documentation" by TOCHKA

Beautiful and completely charming, this video documents one of Japanese artist duo TOCHKA's light painting projects. TOCHKA, whose aim is "to bring joy and inspire people to work together across cultural, ethnic and linguistic differences," has hosted a number of light painting animation workshops around the world. This week they will be in the LA area with events hosted by USC. A workshop, exhibition, screening and discussion with the artists are all occurring this week on Aug 31st and Sept 1st (workshop is only available to USC students). And on September 2nd, they will be hosted by NewTown in Pasadena. Be sure to check it out!





Site of the Week
Understanding Visual Music at Hexagram-Concordia University

On this past Friday and Saturday, Concordia University in Montreal hosted "a two-day conference focused on developing an understanding of the practice of visual music, its definition, related creative and perceptual considerations, current trends, technological innovation, and possible future directions." The iota Center's Jeremy Speed Schwartz was there to present a lively program of animated works by Adam Beckett, Jules Engel, Sara Petty, Audri Phillips, Bill Alves, and many others.






Person of the Week
Charles Csuri

Charles Csuri is a pioneer of early computer animation and continues to experiment in this complex and quickly evolving medium. His blog contains a variety of his visual experiments, dating from the 1960s to today.

"Going from punch cards to create animation and then today see my animation on an iPod is indeed a taste of science fiction. As I continue to be engaged with new technology, I feel I have only scratched the surface of what is yet to come. While the landscape is filled with ugliness there is also some beauty to be found."

-Charles Csuri
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Paul shepherd
08.22.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 22th - 28th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
Untitled Light Show Loop by Adam K. Beckett

Fresh off the scanner are the amazing Light Show Loops of Adam K. Beckett. Due to the wonderful voluntarily work of Pat O'Neill and George Lockwood at Lookout Mountain Studios we now have 30 of these loops all set and ready for the DVD due out very soon (we promise). The story goes that Adam used to get together with friends, pull out a bunch of projectors showing many of these loops at once - occasionally pulling one off and throwing another on - and experiment with different hallucinogens to create an entire sensory experience.



Site of the Week
Corpus Fluxus

The home of Ross Lipman's work and the Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic. A complex of cinematic history and stranger the fiction oddities. The Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic will hold a gallery exhibition and cinematic performance event this coming weekend at piXel (+) freQuency. The event will surely delight most of your five senses.






Person of the Week
Robert Breer

Robert Breer has been a major figure in experimental animation for more than 40 years. His large body of work includes paintings, kinetic sculpture and films. He has given retrospective exhibitions of his work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MOMA and the Whitney Museum in New York. Born in Detroit, Breer studied painting at Stanford and moved to Europe in the 1940s, where he was influenced by the work of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. Returning to the U.S. in the early 1960s, he embarked on a career in animated films, bringing a Modernist perspective to his films. He passed away this past week at the ripe age of 84 leaving us with a wonderful and glorious legacy of brilliant films.
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Gina napolitan
08.08.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 8th - 14th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Punto y Raya Official Competition Trailer" (2011) by Punto y Raya Festival

This year's Punto y Raya Festival--"the most abstract festival in the world"--will be held from November 3rd through November 6th at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain. This year's festival should prove to be quite an exciting one! A number of our friends have films screening, including Huckleberry Lain, Jodie Mack, Chris Casady, Aaron Ross, Ying Tan, Calvin Frederick, and Jane Cassidy.



Site of the Week
Possible Metrics

A small, independent studio based out of Montreal, Possible Metrics is dedicated to creating music using visual environments. Their work has been featured in a number of festivals recently, including Annecy and Ottawa. Check out the projects page on their website for samples of the visual experiments they have been conducting.






Person of the Week
Jennifer Steinkamp

Jennifer Steinkamp's animated projection installations are overwhelming and beautiful, while also toying with the viewer's notions of architectural space, time, and bodily experience. Beginning in January of this year and running until this coming January, the Museum of Comtemporary Art San Diego is displaying Steinkamp's "Madame Curie" installation, which was commissioned by the museum. If you're in the area, be sure to stop in and take a look!
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Gina napolitan
08.01.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 1st - 7th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Telenoika Audiovisual Mapping" by Telenoika (2011)

This footage documents a remarkable projection installation featured at the Kernel Festival in Italy. Using 2D and 3D software along with high-powered HD projectors, the Villa Tittoni Travers in Desio is transformed in surprising and unsettling ways.



Site of the Week
Automata LA

Founded in 2004 by experimental puppet theater artists Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson, Automata LA is dedicated to "presenting intimate performances of original work, film screenings of contemporary and historical avant-garde film, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions in a variety of spaces in Los Angeles." Automata has hosted a number of exciting performances this summer, so be sure to sign up for their mailing list so you don't miss the next one!






Person of the Week
Marshall McLuhan

"For more than a century now artists have tried to meet the challenge of the electric age by investing the tactile sense with the role of a nervous system for unifying all the others. Paradoxically, this has been achieved by 'abstract art,' which offers a central nervous system for a work of art, rather than the conventional husk of the old pictorial image." --Understanding Media

July 21st marked what would have been the 100th birthday of influential media theorist Marshall McLuhan. The MIT Press blog looks back at his unusual career, and his lasting observations on media and technology: "We change our tools and then our tools change us."
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Paul shepherd
07.25.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 25th - 31st, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Suspended Edges" by Oli Jones and Monty Adkins

Delicate and delightful. This piece explores the areas in between. The slight, small and intimate spaces between spaces. The life of edges; when time stops particles of small life filled creatures dance and play. In a forgotten village. Just beyond the shadows.



Site of the Week
Dr. Strangeloop's FIELDS-TV - audio, visual, net

In conjunction with Dr. Strangeloop's art opening at the Gus Harper Art Studio in LA this past weekend, he has gotten together with his friends and created one of the most elaborate multi-media abstract visual music websites, FIELDS-TV. The site combines complex imagery with music by artists such as MONO/POLY, SEVEN SATURDAYS, DREAMS + CEREALS and many more brought to you by Brainfeeder. Take an abstract interactive journey all from your desktop.






Persons of the Week
LoVid

The delightful and fun video art duo LoVid enjoy presenting all forms of art. From interactivity to performance, LoVid uses numerous components of video technology to create glimpses into new and different worlds. Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus delve into multi-disciplinary practices of creation that expand the definition of art. Take a look.
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Gina napolitan
07.18.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 18th - 24th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Running on Empty (Revisited)" (2011) by Ross Ching

We hope all of our friends in the Los Angeles area survived Carmageddon this weekend! In the spirit of this weekend's 405 closure, our clip of the week presents (through the magic of editing) the impossible: car-free Los Angeles roadways.



Site of the Week
The Film-Maker's Coop

Happy 50th anniversary to the Film-Maker's Coop! Founded in 1961 by Jonas Mekas , the Coop is one of the country's leading distribution houses for avant-garde and independent films. Their extensive catalog features some of the greatest experimental films ever produced in the United States.






Person of the Week
Cecile Starr

Another birthday! This past Thursday marks animation historian Cecile Starr's 90th birthday. The experimental animation community is deeply indebted to Starr, whose enthusiasm and devotion to the medium has helped to broaden its audience and acceptance in the larger context of the art world. Starr's optimism in regards to the future of animation-as-art is wholly evident in the wealth of scholarly writing she's given us. Happy Birthday, Cecile!
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Gina napolitan
07.11.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 11th - 17th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus" (2011) by Patrick Clair

Originally created for Australian television, this short infographic film explains the complex inner workings of the Stuxnet virus, "the first weapon made entirely out of code." Entertaining, informative, and a visually-engaging piece of motion graphics!



Site of the Week
UbuWeb

Up and running for 15 years, UbuWeb offers an eclectic cross-section of avant-garde media. Their extensive online archive features a mix of underground films, poetry readings, and experimental music--all of which are available for free.




Person of the Week
Stan VanDerBeek

American avant-garde pioneer Stan VanDerBeek gained fame for his subversive collage animations and early experiments in computer graphics. Many of his groundbreaking films can be viewed at our site of the week, UbuWeb.
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Paul shepherd
07.04.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 4th - 10th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Papal Broken Dance" (2009) by Marie Losier and Genesis P-Orridge

A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring…all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.
Screening this Sunday at the LA Filmforum following the night before by a screening of Ms. Losier's first feature documentary about Genesis P-Orridge The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye co-presented by Outfest and the LA Filmforum.





Site of the Week
lowave

lowave is a distribution and exhibition based organization in Paris. Founded by Marc Horchler and Silke Schmickl in 2002 they focus on experimental film, ground breaking animation, alternative documentary and other forms of art videos.




Person of the Week
Owen Land (aka George Landow)

An American avant-garde filmmaker focusing mostly on structuralist films began creating in the 60's and continued on for two decades before he decided to take a break from the world of experimental cinema. After a lengthy departure he returned making a few more astonishing films before passing away on June 9th, 2011. For more information on the ground breaking filmmaker read Mark Webber's blog on the Harvard Film Archive website.

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Gina napolitan
06.27.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 27 - July 3, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Fluid Form" (2010) by Matt Pringle

Watch "Fluid Form" (2010) by Matt Pringle! Created by filming droplets of printer ink as they spread through a vase of water, "Fluid Form" presents abstract, elemental forms that recall both water and fire. More of Pringle's work can be viewed on his Vimeo page.





Site of the Week
Radon Lake

Radon Lake is a Boston-based group devoted to the promotion of experimental and independent films. Aside from promoting local events, their website offers a forum for thoughtful discussion of new works and useful information on upcoming festival deadlines and calls for entries.




Person of the Week
Thomas Wilfred

Danish-born Thomas Wilfred came to America as a singer of early music, and got involved with a group of Theosophists who wanted to build a color organ to demonstrate spiritual principles. Wilfred called his color organ the Clavilux, and named the artform of color-music projections "Lumia." He stressed polymorphous, fluid streams of color slowly metamorphosing. He established an Art Institute of Light in New York, and toured giving Lumia concerts in the United States and Europe (at the famous Art Deco exhibition in Paris). He also built "lumia boxes," self-contained units that looked rather like television sets, which could play for days or months without repeating the same imagery.

-William Mortiz
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Gina napolitan
06.20.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 20 - 26, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Constellations" (2010) by Rainer Kohlberger

Watch "Constellations" (2010)! Created for a poetry festival in Berlin, Rainer Kohlberger's live-generated imagery pulsates with the cadence of the poet speaking while remaining enmeshed with the atmospheric music in the space. More of Kohlberger's work can be found on his website and Vimeo page.





Site of the Week
Women in Animation

Women in Animation is an organization devoted to the advancement of women within the often male-dominated animation industry. In addition to providing a creative network, Women in Animation offers a student animation scholarship in honor of founding member Phyllis Craig. Check their website for information on upcoming screenings and events related to their work!




Person of the Week
Karen Aqua

On May 30th, the independent animation community lost one of its most exuberant voices, Karen Aqua. Even those unfamiliar with independent animation have likely seen her work--beginning in 1990, Aqua produced a number of buoyant and colorful animated segments for Sesame Street. If you live in the Boston area, a public memorial for Aqua is being planned at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA on July 10th.

“Much of the Karen Aqua universe is populated with creatures spawned from a mating between Matisse cutouts and carvings on Incan tombs. Made of neon-bright colors and sharp angles, her exuberant stick figures give off an energy that’s neither entirely human nor entirely animal. What’s more, they’re caught up in a natural system that may be sinister, but never lacks a sense of humor.”

— Robin Dougherty, Boston Phoenix
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