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Benjamin
07.12.2010   

The iotaWeekly - July 12-18, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Yoga-Sutras" (2010) by Peter Mays

This excerpt of "Yoga-Sutras" (2010) from psychedelic experimental filmmaker and Single Wing Turquoise Bird member Peter Mays takes viewers on a sensual journey of spiritual symbology in this new intriguing work.





Site of the Week
Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century

'Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century' is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. This unique series from the Public Broadcasting Service features episodes loosely themed around concepts such as "Memory" and "Spirituality."

Clips or full episodes can be viewed here via PBS.org







Artist of the Week
Georges Méliès

French magician and trick filmmaker Georges Méliès (1861-1936) is considered the first filmmaker to incorporate special effects and narrative into his work, making over 500 films in his short career as a filmmaker. After witnessing the unveiling Cinématographe screening by the Lumiere Brothers in 1895, Méliès set out to build his own recording/projection machine, which he successfully revealed at his own screening in April 1986.

From a simple technical malfunction, Méliès serendipitously discovered the medium's ability to manipulate both space and time. He began experimenting with new techniques and incorporated them into his films, structuring narratives around the seemingly impossible visual trickery. Méliès is cited with discovering effects such as substitution, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color, respectfully earning him the label of a "cinemagician."

While many of the tricks of Méliès' films may seem outdated to audiences in the 21st century, they laid the groundwork for the advances and developments in technology of the film medium. Much of his work has endured the test of time, becoming an important part of contemporary pop culture, such as the iconographic A Trip to the Moon.

2 5-DVD collections of Georges Méliès works - Georges Méliès: The First Wizard of Cinema & Georges Méliès: Encore - can be purchased at Flicker Alley.

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Benjamin
07.05.2010   

The iotaWeekly - July 5-July 11, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Lumia" (2006) by Paul Vlachos and Meredith Finkelstein

Watch this trailer for Paul Vlachos and Meredith Finkelstein's documentary "Lumia" (2006), a film that traces VJ culture to its roots in live visual performance, documenting the innovation of Thomas Wilfred and his Lumia machine to create the eighth major fine art, the art of light.





Site of the Week
ARTSEDGE: Art of the Explosion

Featured as a tribute to the yearly Fourth of July festivities, this interesting website sponsored by The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. chronicles Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and his creation of an explosive pyrotechnic-art show that opened the 2005 Festival of China. In a unique fashion, Art of the Explosion highlights not just the chemistry and physics involved in the creation of a pyrotechnics show, but also how thoughts of design and conceptualization can merge with science in order to create a work of art, in the same vein as animation and other forms of multimedia art.







Artist of the Week
Neil Ira Needleman

"I was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1957 and learned filmmaking in the alleys of Brooklyn. Somewhere along the way I got lost in a tunnel that led me into a career in advertising. I have now rededicated myself to tinkering with motion images."

- Neil Ira Needleman


An example of an artist engaged in both commercial practice and personal expression, Neil Ira Needleman's work is featured in film festivals throughout the world, including Exploding Cinema in London and the upcoming 2010 Festival Images Contre Nature in France.

Neil Needleman continues to live and work in New York. To view more of Neil Ira Needleman's artistic or commercial work, please click here.

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Benjamin
06.28.2010   

The iotaWeekly - June 28-July 4, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"A Moment Revisited" (2009) by Diana Reichenbach

Watch this charming short work from Diana Reichenbach, "A Moment Revisited" (2009), a playful interaction retold with a light soundtrack and frame manipulation as an experimentation in live-action movement and found footage editing.





Site of the Week
Expanded Cinema

Published in 1970 by media arts theorist and scholar Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema was the first book to place video within the realm of the art world, and helped to establish the world of media arts.

In his book, Youngblood looks at new technological advances and their function in film and media creation, including computer & video art, special effects, and even holography. He traces the evolution of cinematic language to the end of fiction, drama, and realism. New technological extensions of the medium have become necessary. Thus he concentrates on the advanced image-making technologies of computer films, television experiments, laser movies, and multiple-projection environments, laser movies, and multiple-projection environments.

The entire book of Expanded Cinema can be found and downloaded from an online database hosted by visual media performers Woody & Steina Vasulka.







Artist of the Week
Maya Deren

Maya Deren's first film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) immediately designated her as one of the seminal figures of experimental cinema. As both a theorist and artist, Deren created works that paved the way for future trance filmmakers by using film to explore and express her psychosexual identity in a stylistic and poetic way. She also wrote essays about the nature of film and filmmaking, emphasizing concepts (such as medium specificity) that she believed were essential to film as a medium. Deren was an outspoken critic of Hollywood and its artistic, political, and economic grasp on American cinema, believing that it prevented cinema from developing into a fine art form. She was a key figure in the formation of the New American Cinema.

Deren and her work are currently featured as a film exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City entitled Maya Deren’s Legacy: Women and Experimental Film. To learn more about Maya Deren and her work, please click here.

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Derek haugen
06.21.2010   

The iotaWeekly - June 21-27, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Coney" (1975) by Frank & Caroline Mouris

Watch a clip from Frank & Caroline Mouris' "Coney" (1975), a live-action experimental journey through a collage of exciting, electric, and explosive sights of New York's famous Coney Island.





Site of the Week
Flicker Alley

Visit the website of Los Angeles-based Flicker Alley, founded in 2002 by cinephile Jeff Masino whose love of silent, classic, and independent cinema moved him to found this incredible DVD production company.

Learn about the history of Flicker Alley, explore their back catalog of titles like the 5-Disc "George Melies: The First Wizard of Cinema," view clips in the Screening Room, and be the first to find out about the latest news and events.







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Artist of the Week
Mike Patterson

"Mike Patterson is an animator and director of commercials, music videos and short films. He began his career in 1985 by animating the epic MTV hit, Take On Me for A-Ha. Teamed up with his wife Candace Reckinger, they directed a string of MTV hits that include, Suzanne Vega's Luka, Sting's Be Still My Beating Heart and Paula Abdul's Opposites Attract, which won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video...

...Patterson studied animation with Jules Engel at CalArts where he produced his Student Academy Award winning animated film Commuter. In fall of 2006, Commuter was added into the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection along with seven Patterson & Reckinger music video clips.

His current animation work combines digital illustration, live photography and visual effects. Collaborative visual music projects in development include cross platform audio-visual installations and performances."

--USC Faculty Profile



Patterson's "Commuter" was recently shown as part of the May 2010 iotaSalon: "The City" at UCLA.
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Benjamin
06.14.2010   

The iotaWeekly - June 14-20, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Oli's Dream" (2008) by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski & Camille Norton

Watch a clip from Jaroslaw Kapuscinski & Camille Norton's "Oli's Dream" (2008), an intriguing experimental work that captures the hesitation and flurry of the poetic process in stark black and white type. "Oli's Dream" was also featured in the January 2010 iotaSalon, TEXT AND SPEECH, at UCLA.

To learn more about Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Artist Profile or his website.





Site of the Week
Woodbury University Department of Animation

Located in Burbank, California, Woodbury University's School of Media, Culture & Design hosts the Department of Animation, whose mission is to keep pace with the rapid technological changes in animation while providing the most basic tools and knowledge to excel in all areas of the craft, where students are encouraged to strive for artistic excellence and professional expertise as they develop their individual vision.

iotaCenter-affiliated artists Audri Phillips and Angela Diamos, both of whom are engaged in the practice of experimental animation, are faculty in the Department of Animation at Woodbury.







Artist of the Week
Diana Reichenbach

As a recent graduate of the MFA program from USC's John C. Hench Department of Animation & Digital Arts, Diana Jo Reichenbach is inspired to challenge the concept of a singular reality, believing that through animation, one can subvert the prejudices we associate with the waking world and open our minds to digest ideas in a different way. Through constructing original soundscapes, experimenting with the abstraction of visuals, and altering spatial relations, she hopes to tap into the human subconscious. To view some of Reichenbach's work, please visit her Vimeo page.

Reichenbach's work was also featured in an iotaCenter New Acquisition, Adobe First Frame 2009, a collection of exemplary student and faculty work from USC's John C. Hench Department of Animation & Digital Arts. This collection and any of our other videos can be viewed at our Library & Study Center in Culver City, CA. Please set up a viewing appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org

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Derek haugen
06.07.2010   

The iotaWeekly - June 7-13, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Karatchi Scramble" (2008) by Chris Casady

Beautifully flowing between vivid lines, colors, and imagery, "Karatchi Scramble" (2008), by Punto y Raya Festival featured artist Chris Casady, provides us with an excellent example of creative work done using Flash. "Karatchi Scramble" was also featured in the January 2010 iotaSalon, TEXT AND SPEECH, at UCLA.

To learn more about Chris Casady and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Artist Profile.





Site of the Week
VJForums

Visit VJForums.com, the go-to site for both aspiring and practicing VJs. Spread the word about your next gig or see what's happening in the VJ world in your neck of the woods. VJForums is a great community site for staying plugged in to the realm of this very special slice of live Audio/Visual performance.







Artist of the Week
Madeleine Gallagher

"Madeleine Gallagher (b.1977, Media, PA, USA) is a visual artist, educator and designer. Centered at the intersection of traditional object making, time-based media and performance, Madeleine uses her work as a means to investigate cultural filters and cognition in media perception. She thrives on the opportunity to make installations and objects that explore physical, visual and aural sensation, endurance and perceptual thresholds of the body. A large portion of her past work includes audio/visual performance, using live video image processing, drawn from prefabricated clips she created with analog video synthesizers. As an experimental film and video maker, she has created a series of abstract narratives that address issues of control, power, desire and the distortion of memory."

--Design Media Arts Department, UCLA


Gallagher was instrumental in bringing the most recent season of iotaSalons to UCLA's Broad Art Center. Gallagher holds degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art and will graduate this June with a MFA from UCLA's prestigious Design Media Arts Department.

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Benjamin
05.31.2010   

The iotaWeekly - May 31-June 6, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Flat Out" (1989) by David McCutchen

Watch this clip of visual music from "Flat Out" (1989) by David McCutchen, based on Chopin's Etude in C Sharp Minor. Produced with the Music Animation Machine, this playful piece allows the melody to take the viewer on an animated journey as inspired by the music’s notes.

To learn more about David McCutchen and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Artist Profile.





Site of the Week
2010 Dance Camera West: Dance Media Festival
June 4-27

This weekend, the 9th Annual Dance Camera West: Dance Media Film Festival kicks off its city-wide dance film festival, promoting the vibrant art of dance films from around the world. The mission - to interconnect diverse populations and environments through the innovative art fusion - dance on screen, which merges performance and cinematic aesthetics. The Dance Media Film Festival represents a truly unique cinematic experience.

On Sunday June 13 at 7:00pm, DCW will screen "SurREEL Moves: Weird & Wonderful Experimental Dance Shorts" at The Hammer Museum at no charge. On Sunday June 19 at 8:00pm, DCW is hosting "LOCAL MAKERS - LA Choreographers and Directors," a free outdoor screening event for the whole family, at The Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. Both events are free, but seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2010 DCW Festival screenings take place at venues such as The Getty Center, REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, and many other spaces throughout Los Angeles. For other festival screening times, locations, tickets, and more information on this year’s film festival, click here.









Artist of the Week
Dennis Hopper
May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010

As an early advocator of independent and experimental filmmaking, The iotaCenter would like to commemorate Dennis Hopper for his lifetime of achievements and contributions to cinema. Hopper’s long and vast career traversed many highs and lows, with the body of his work including notable works such as Easy Rider, The Last Movie, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and more recently starring in the television series “Crash.” Easy Rider and The Last Movie, both written, directed, and starring Hopper, are noted for their independent production as well as their employment of experimental techniques and themes. In addition to a successful mainstream Hollywood acting career, Hopper was involved a great deal in underground cinema, having close ties to significant experimental filmmakers such as Andy Warhol, Curtis Harrington, and Bruce Conner.

Hopper recently succumbed to his battle with prostate cancer, passing in his home in Venice, CA this past Saturday, May 29th.

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Benjamin
05.24.2010   

The iotaWeekly - May 24-30, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"3600 Frames" (2010) by Vertna Bradley

From the first of its titular 3600 frames, Vertna Bradley's "3600 Frames" (2010) entrances you with its hypnotizing pattern and flow of flickering photographed images. Accompanied by somber electro-industrial music, this piece will leave each viewer with a unique & complex series of images and questions burned into the mind.

To view more of Vertna Bradley's work, please visit her Vimeo page.




Site of the Week
2010 Live Performers Meeting
May 27-30

The 2010 Live Performers Meeting is the eight edition of an international meeting of live video performers, visual artists, and VJs focused on live video performance. Held at Brancaleone in Rome, Italy from May 27-30, this unique media conference unites hundreds of visual performers and artists from around the world to host performances, exhibitions & showcases, and new media-creation software & products throughout its four day run, with each day having a different complementary theme.





Artist of the Week
Louis Hock

Born in Los Angeles in 1948 and raised in Arizona, Louis Hock began making films when he was studying psychology and poetry at the University of Arizona, graduating with a BA in Psychology in 1970. In 1973 he received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Louis Hock's artwork - films, video tapes, and media installations - have been exhibited in solo shows at numerous national and international art institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, & the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has been described as an "hypnotic study in motion" (Nora Sayre, The New York Times); "Our eyes are virtually goaded out of our heads" (Richard Eder, The New York Times). In 1977, Hock joined the University of California, San Diego, and still works there as a professor in the Visual Arts Department.

For more information on Louis Hock and his work, please visit his website

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Benjamin
05.17.2010   

The iotaWeekly - May 17-23, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Taking Flight" (2009) by Neil Ira Needleman

Neil Ira Needleman's "Taking Flight" (2009) is a rhythmically active and transformative piece that builds and develops complexity through its progression of visual patterns and motion of abstract imagery.

To find out more about Neil Ira Needleman and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Profile or his website.




Site of the Week
Museum of Neon Art

The Museum of Neon Art glows bright in downtown Los Angeles. This unique space aims to preserve and promote artwork created from neon lights, whether produced for commercial or expressive purposes, and encourages the production of new works by offering a wide range of workshops and classes.

Earlier this May, MONA coordinated with the Los Angeles Video Artists to host a “VJ101 Mixing Workshop,” in which students learned how to mix live video and exhibited their creations. MONA continuously hosts classes and exhibitions of various kinds of neon light and related art.







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Artist of the Week
Chiaki Watanabe

Chiaki Watanabe is a media artist based in both Europe and the United States. As a creator of abstract visual music works, she explores cross-sensory experiences by integrating sound and visual imagery in video recording, live video performance, and installations. Particularly interested in the psychophysical effects of visual music, her work aims to stimulate the senses with pounding beats and vivacious visuals. Her works have been presented internationally at festivals, galleries and museums including the 2007 Punto y Raya Festival, New York Video Festival, European Media Art Festival, New York Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and she has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her works are distributed by Getty Film, Printed Matter, Microcinema, and the New York Film Makers' Cooperative.

Chiaki has upcoming shows in Europe at the Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, CAMP 2010: Visual Music festival at ZKM in Germany, and the Salon Bruit in Berlin.

For more information on Chiaki Watanbae and her work, please visit her iotaCenter Profile and her website.

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Derek haugen
05.10.2010   

The iotaWeekly - May 10-16, 2010

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Clip of the Week
"Please Don't Stop" (1989) by Stephanie Maxwell

This clip from Stephanie Maxwell's "Please Don't Stop" (1989) of vibrant and vivid abstract animation takes you on a surreal journey through the night, accompanied by the sinister synth beats dripping with electrified emotion.

To find out more about Stephanie Maxwell and her work, please visit her iotaCenter Profile and her website.




Site of the Week
Lula Washington Dance Theatre

This year, Los Angeles' famed African-American dance troupe Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates 30 Years of bringing innovative and transformative dance to audiences both old and new. On Saturday, May 15, Lula Washington Dance Theatre collaborates with abstract animator J. Walt Adamcyzk as part of their show at Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSU Los Angeles.

Can't make the performance? Visit the Lula Washington Dance Theatre's YouTube Channel for video of their energetic and beautiful creations.







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Artist of the Week
Peter Mays

Growing up in Los Angeles, Peter Mays studied painting and mathematics at UCLA. Mays’ work is expansive, ranging from avant-garde shorts to features to animation for educational documentaries. Also a founding member of the psychedelic light show group Single Wing Turquoise Bird and a teacher of film and photography, Mays continues to produce animation for educational history videos and create short experimental films. His recent short DV films explore ancient cultures to express spiritual/political meanings, and Mays’ most recent film, “Dark Island” (2006-9), blends original animation with recontextualized forms of media (YouTube clips, for example) in order to create an original narrative. Mays recently exhibited the body of his filmography at the Cinematheque108 Alternative Screening Series within the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2009.

For more information about Peter Mays, or to view his films, please visit his website or watch an excerpt from his oral history for LA Filmforum's Alternative Projections project.

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