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iotaSalon April 30 8PM -

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Methods of Abstraction in Visual Music

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at the Echo Park Film Center

The iotaCenter is proud to team up with EPFC for a night of delicious audio-visual explorations from our vault. Filmmaker Beth Block will present her new film The 108 Movements and lead a discussion on optical printing, a technique on the verge of obsolescence. Chiming in will be Sky David, showing his classic Ace of Light, inviting audience members to ask questions and share their experiences.  Our program highlights filmmakers from the classic age of experimental cinema (50s, 60s, 70s) who adopted the optical printer as a tool of experimentation and abstraction. We will also screen works by filmmakers Adam Beckett, Mary Beth Reed, Hy Hirsh and more. These eye-popping, often painterly film works share a distinct relationship to sound, one in which audio functions in service to the visual. Films will be screened on 16mm and video.   Curated by Amanda Siegel
See more at the EPFC website

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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
Click to view the Arabic Series

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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Dublab Residency -

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beckett dublab

Starting April first, artwork by Adam K. Beckett will be hosted on the dublab Instagram account. Dublab, a community of musicians and artists who speak their minds and their music through the stratosphere via Dublab is known the world ‘round for straddling the line between hip and academic. Recently they began an “artist in residence” program for their Instagram account and asked iotaCenter to take over April. It was clear from the start that Adam K. Beckett’s work would be the most apt. He has a number of loop that didn’t even make it on to his DVD and he collaborated with legendary composers Carl Stone and Barry Schrader. Look for his work every weekday morning at 10am through the month of April on the Dublab instagram page. We will also be hosting his artwork on our instagram account

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Amanda Siegel -

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Amanda Siegel portrait

Another new face has joined our crew. Artist and filmmaker Amanda Siegel has joined the team and is heading up our first iotaSalon of 2016! Amanda is originally from Los Angeles, but was whisked away to NYC and Cooper Union where she received her BFA in 2012. While in the Big Apple she interned with the historical Anthology Film Archives and Issue Project Room. Naturally, she has an inclination toward visual music and experimental film and that’s where the iotaCenter entered into her life. Let’s give her a big welcome by giving her website a bump in traffic.

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Introduction of Angela Diamos -

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"Lots Of Bubbles" by Angela Diamos

In December the Board of Directors welcomed a new member, Angela Diamos. Angela has over 18 years professional experience in the feature animation and live action effects animation field. Angela was introduced to effects animation, motion controlled cameras and animating with light when she started her career working at Robert Abel and Assoc. Angela then went on to animate effects on film and TV productions such as Curious George, Tarzan, Hercules, Mulan, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek The Motion Picture.

Having realized the potential in time-based imagery Angela now explores the use of hand-drawn, photo-captured and digital imagery as an art medium. “It is important in my opinion for it’s inherent immersive and ephemeral qualities. This ephemeral quality of the image as a series of interpretable codes, no longer an object, is important in its relationship to space and time– reminding the viewer of the transient quality inherent in the spaces created and the time in which we exist.”

Angela now teaches as a full-time Professor of Animation at Woodbury University.

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Introduction of Paul Shepherd -

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We have a new Executive Director! The Board of Directors elected Paul Shepherd to the position in mid-December. Paul is an artist and professional in the area of film production. He works for Stanford Hospital as a video editor and leading the productions of Stanford’s renowned conference on innovations in health care, Medicine X. He also has worked with clients such as Red Bull, HP, Morgan Stanley and a variety of others.

As an artist he is known as Huckleberry Lain and primarily dabbles in abstraction. He has had films presented around the world including the New York and Chicago Underground Film Festivals. You can view more of his work at

Paul has worked with the iotaCenter for over 5 years and has been a great support.

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Engel DVD Re-release -

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To cap of our new year announcements the iotaStore has just restocked the “Jules Engel: Selected Works Vol. 1” after we sold out our last batch. This will be our last DVD produced. Once it’s gone that will be it, but rest assured we are looking into other avenues to get the wonderful films from our archive to you. For now enjoy this DVD in your collection by visiting our store

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Robert J Russett -


In Memorium

Robert J Russett

May 22 1935 - March 26 2015

We are saddened by the news that UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Robert J. Russett, 79, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Robert Russett was a media artist, educator and writer whose animated films and installations were exhibited internationally. He was awarded the University's Distinguished Professor Award in 1973 for his outstanding work as a professor. An authority on animation, Russett co-authored, with Cecile Starr, the 1988 book "Experimental Animation: Origins of New Art," which is considered to be a "must-have" title in the field.
---University of Louisiana at Lafayette

It was one of those rare life changing experiences to meet and study with Robert Russett at the Univ. of Louisiana from 1982 thru 1985. Becoming his media arts student, I went from a pretty stuck up and boring computer programming geek to someone with a lifelong interest in media art, and especially experimental film. Russett pushed me to attempt to combine my burgeoning 1980’s programming skills with various media: printmaking, filmmaking, color theory. Heck-what-have-you-done-to-me bob russett? I become a fascinated exploring pioneer in digital printing, abstract computer art and animation, and for certain, without you, I would probably be programming (in Cobol) in a bank in Louisiana. With your mentor-ship I learned so much and after even 30 years after graduation I was very happy to be your friend and I will remain forever in your debt. R.I.P. Mister Russett.

---Stewart McSherry

Obituary on The Acadiana Advocate
The Preservation of Neuron (1972) by Robert Russett
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Restoration Announcement: Tom Waits "For No One" -

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Tom Waits For No One, by director John Lamb

is a pioneering, mostly forgotten music video that is being rediscovered with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Made on state of the art analog technology in 1979, it features Tom Waits and his song "The One That Got Away" from the album Small Change. The film was a first job for several animation leaders like David Silverman and Harry Sabin. In 1980, John Lamb won an Academy Award for the co-invention of the Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which was used in making of the film. Gunnar Strom, founder of Animation Volda and a professor at Volda University College in Norway, has written that Tom Waits For No One "is a pioneering, early American music video and is very likely the first rotoscoped music video ever made". The iotaCenter is proud to announce that Tom Waits For No One will be joining the iotaCenter's collection.

the kickstarter campaign
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Feb 5th iotaSalon in Poland -

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7pm, February 5th
Film Museum in Poznan, Poland

The iotaCenter has been invited to host an iotaSalon by the International Animation Film Festival ANIMATOR in Poland to present a collection of visual music from our community.

We have chosen a collection of recent restorations and new gems to introduce an eclectic mix of visual music art.

Chris Casady- Son of Puddle Jumper
Sara Petty - Furies
Takagi Masakatsu - Bloomy Girls
Larry Cuba - Calculated Movements
Michael Robinson - Joshua His Tree
Adam K. Beckett - Heavy Light
Robert Darroll - Feng Hueng
Jacques Perconte - Apres Le Feu
Stephanie Maxwell - Ocean
Hy Hirsh - Scratch Pad
Laura Heit - Deep Dark

To learn more check out the event page.

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