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iotaCenter now streaming -

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iotaCenter collection streaming now

The iotaCenter has just teamed up with Kanopy, the video streaming service for Universities, to bring our collection directly to you. For the first time in our history you can view the works from our collection in HD from the comfort of your home. We are currently limited to the films of Adam Beckett and Robert Darroll, but the more views we receive the more films we can make available. So, please help us to get more to you by viewing now.

The Kanopy service is only for Universities who have purchased the service. If your institution does not have the service or you are unsure if they do you can visit the main Kanopy website, click “watch now”. On the next page you can search for your institution or click “Institution not listed?” and follow the instructions to connect your University with Kanopy.

If you are not involved in a University we kindly ask for your patience. We are in the process of getting our collection to you by different means. For now, you can request an iotaSalon in your area by contact us.

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Paul shepherd

iotaSalon April 30 8PM -

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Methods of Abstraction in Visual Music

beckett heavy light wide

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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Paul shepherd

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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Paul shepherd   

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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Paul shepherd   

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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Paul shepherd

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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Paul shepherd

Two Screenings in Brooklyn -

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Announcing two screenings at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn in collaboration with the the iotaCenter

Friday July 11th 8PM
Robert Darroll Retrospective

including the Korean Trilogy

Screening List:
Korean Trilogy: Lung • Feng Huang • Stone Lion*
Taiwanese Trilogy: Things Fall Apart • How Technology Saved the World • What Ghosts Like Most
Noemata No. 1

*World Premiere of the restorations

Saturday July 12th 8PM
Visual Music: an iotaSalon Collection 1960-2014

Screening list:
Chris Casady - Son of Puddle Jumper
Hy Hirsh - Scratch Pad**
Adam K. Beckett - Heavy Light**
Larry Cuba - Calculated Movement**
Michael Robinson - Joshua His Tree
Jacques Perconte - Apres Le Feu
Takagi Masakatsu - Bloomy Girls
Sara Petty - Furies**
Laura Heit - The Deep Dark
Huckleberry Lain - Antiquities for the Queen of Angels
Stephanie Maxwell - Ocean
Dr Strangeloop - Fields

**indicates 16mm film prints

Spectacle is located at 124 South 3rd Street near the Bedford stop on the L train

We hope to see you there.
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Amy alexander

Amy Alexander Artist in Residence Work Part 2 -

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... 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.

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Amy alexander

Amy Alexander Artist in Residence Work Part1 -

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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:

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Paul shepherd

Stephanie Maxwell Screening -

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November 1st at 9:30PM

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.

See the Echo Park Film Center Schedule for more info

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