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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.


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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.

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"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

forked from: forked from: Physics Sketch
   

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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Paul shepherd
10.08.2011   

World Arts Day Workshop -

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The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA brings you World Arts Day with Animation workshop by the iotaCenter

Join us on October 8th from 2-5pm for a special workshop on direct manipulation filmmaking. We will be teaching you how to create the most basic and brilliant animation between hand-painted and scratch on film animation.

Jump on the band-wagon with Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage Caroline Leaf and many others of your favorite animators by learning the most basic technique in animation. There is absolutely no previous animation experience required. And a the end of the workshop your film will be shown with a live performance by Papá Cuy and Muñeca e burro a fresh and new digital cumbia music duo. For more information visit the Luckman website.



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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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Gina napolitan
09.05.2011   

The iotaWeekly - September 5th - September 11th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Phthalo Blue" (2011) by Fabrizio Poce

A devotee of self-developed, real-time software, Fabrizio Poce created this piece with no post-production or off-line rendering.

"Audio drives vertex generation of objects and volumes. Render-to-texture feedback used to create a "mirror" effect. Position and rotation in space, colors and "scene" groups controlled in real-time through clip envelopes and MIDI manual controls. Ableton Live used to host the entire environment (Max for Live)."



Site of the Week
experimentalanimation.co.uk

Created by Antony Nicholas, experimentalanimation.co.uk is a handy reference site and research tool for experimental animation. Animator biographies and clips from major works in the genre are all organized for your viewing and reading pleasure. The site also features a reviewed resource guide and links to other comprehensive experimental animation-related websites.






Person of the Week
Beatrice Gibson

On Friday, September 16th, our friends at Los Angeles Film Forum will be hosting Rehearsals for the Everyday, a program of films by London-based filmmaker Beatrice Gibson, whose works investigate "ideas around voice, speech, collective production and the problems of representation." Among the works screening is A Necessary Music, a "science fiction film about modernist social housing," which won the Tiger Award at the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival.
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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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