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Derek haugen
06.29.2009   

The iotaWeekly - June 29-July 5, 2009

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The iotaCenter introduces the first in a series called The iotaWeekly, a weekly email and blog entry of featured clips, artists and websites for the week. Stay tuned for more each week!





Wet Paint (1977) by Jules Engel

Clip of the Week
Jules Engel: An Artist For All Seasons (2010) by Janeann Dill, PhD

Watch a clip from the documentary by Janeann Dill, PhD, a filmmaker and former student of the renowned artist, filmmaker, and educator Jules engel.

An excerpt of the documentary can be found on the latest installment of The Kinetica Video Library™, Jules Engel: Selected Works, Volume I, available here.


Antonio Brech

Site of the Week
The Official Site of Antonio Brech

Antonio Brech (aka Jose Antonio Fernández Fernández) with the technical assistance of Fernando Federico Gonzáles Carmago has crafted an innovative and aesthetically beautiful website to feature his abstract animations and scholarship.

Antonio Brech received his BA in Psychology from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Since 1980, he has been a psychologist for the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Educational Council of Xunta de Galicia. Fernández is also a lecturer for courses on the education therapy, cultural, art and ethics in new technological environments. He is the director of psycho-sonographic workshops specializing in ecological immersion in intersensory stimulation. He is currently at work on his doctoral thesis entitled, "Inter-modal-ethics."

Visit his official site here.

Chris Casady

Artist of the Week
Chris Casady

Chris Casady, known for his energetic abstract graphics and colorful Flash title sequences, has worked in motion picture effects, music videos and TV commercials from his studio in Los Angeles, CA. He has designed the opening for the American Film Institute's L.A. International Film Festival and has won two Clio awards for previous work in animated commercials. He has directed animated music videos for the Beastie Boys as well as Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson.

A graduate of CalArts, Casady also creates personal films with a style reminiscent of masters like Oskar Fischinger and an energy both whimsical and forceful that have garnered international recognition. His early film Pencil Dance (1988) won top awards at international animation festivals in Canada, France, Japan and Italy upon its release and his recent Puddle Jumper (2007) was the Third Prize winner at the 2008 Punto y Raya Festival presented by MAD Actions and The iotaCenter. Check out Casady's latest work at The Visual Music Village.

Learn more about Chris Casady at his iotaCenter Profile.
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Derek haugen
05.06.2009   

Sylvia Pengilly and Michael Rhoades's SIX VIDEOS (2004-2008) - Available from The iotaStore and for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research & Study Center

Categories: [New Acquisition] 

The iotaCenter is proud to offer SIX VIDEOS (2004-2008) by Sylvia Pengilly and Michael Rhoades, a collection of Visual Music that "exemplify and intensify the relationship between what the ear hears and what the eye sees." Pengilly's "whirling, abstract images of amazing colors and shapes" is accompanied by Michael Rhoades' music that was generated from the images of the video. "What is being heard is truly a representation of what is being seen."

DVD - 49 minutes
Released - 2008

Purchase Sylvia Pengilly and Michael Rhoades's SIX VIDEOS here.

SIX VIDEOS and any of our other videos can be viewed at our Research & 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
04.30.2009   

"Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Story of Light Art" - Now available from The iotaCenter's Store and for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center

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From the makers of the award-winning "Video Out: The Story of VJ'ing and Live Video Art" comes the 2007 documentary "Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Story of Light Art." This documentary by Paul Vlachos and Meredith Finkelstein provides a history of Thomas Wilfred's life and career, vividly told through photographs, personal letters as well as interviews with audience members, acquaintances, and current practitioners of Lumia. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent Wilfred collector Eugene Epstein and touches upon other light-art pioneers, Mary Hallock Greenewalt and Charles Dockum.

"Lumia" was an official selection of the Avignon Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, and the Swansea International Film Festival.

For more information on Thomas Wilfred, please visit iota's Thomas Wilfred's artist profile

Purchase "Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Story of Light Art" here.

If you would like to view "Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Story of Light Art," please set up an appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org

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Derek haugen
04.22.2009   

George Stadnik's THREE TIMES THREE: DIGITAL LUMIA 2006-2008 - Now available for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center

Categories: [New Acquisition] 

Working within the tradition of Lumia with a modern digital twist, George Stadnik continues to create works of great beauty and scope. THREE TIMES THREE contains three of Stadnik's recent films:

Shadow in Three (2008, silent, 20:18)
Untitled (2008, sound ("Elegy for Iraq" by Dr. Franklin Morris), 15:10)
Mirror Mirror (2006, Silent, 15:10)

If you would like to view this collection or any of George Stadnik's work in our collection, please set up an appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org

THREE TIMES THREE as well as other Stadnik collections are available for purchase from The iotaCenter store.
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Derek haugen
03.26.2009   

Mad-Actions and The iotaCenter present "PUNTO Y RAYA 2009" -

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The "most abstract festival in the world" launches its new call for entries open to short·films exploring the creative possibilites of the dot and the line. No figuration, no perspective, just dots and lines as ends in themselves! An amazing challenge to study and reflect upon the essence of form and movement. Can you take it?

No entry fee and the deadline is Monday August 17th, 2009.

Check out all the info at www.puntoyrayafestival.com.
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Derek haugen
03.10.2009   

The William Moritz Lectures at WRO Art Center - Now available for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center

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The lectures Dr. William Moritz (1941-2000) gave as part of WRO 99: media art biennale at the WRO Art Center in April 1999 are now available on DVD for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center.

These lectures join a series of other Dr. William Moritz presentations available on DVD which include:

Cal Arts Lecture (October 28, 1998)

First Light Lecture on James Whitney, Anthology Film Archives (November 1998)

UCLA Lecture (May 18, 2000)

Introductions to KINETICA 2: A Centennial Tribute to Oskar Fischinger at MOMA (July 6, 2000) and LACMA (July 28, 2000)

If you would like to view any of Dr. William Moritz's lectures, please set up an appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org

For more information about Dr. William Moritz and his work, please visit The iotaCenter's online William Moritz Archive.
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Derek haugen
02.13.2009   

Punto y Raya Festival US Tour on DVD - Now available for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center

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Organized by mad-actions and The iotaCenter, the PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL of dot and line experimental animation "explores the ultimate synthesis of the form·movement duality in different spheres of human endeavor" and "uses abstraction's prime matter to reveal the limitations and achievements of our representation systems."

The festival DVD includes work by Chris Casady, Danielle Ye, Joaquin "Kino" Gil, and Bret Battey.

Visit The iotaCenter's PUNTO Y RAYA page for a complete film listing.

If you missed the PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL or would like to see a particular film from the program again, please set up a viewing appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org

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Derek haugen
02.03.2009   

Left Alone With Night - Now available for viewing in The iotaCenter's Research and Study Center
A Film by Erik Deutschman

Categories: [New Acquisition] 

Made without the use of a camera, LEFT ALONE WITH NIGHT by Erik Deutschman reveals three dynamic, organically animated nocturnal dimensions through color, sound and mood.

"An awesome display of motion and music." --L.A. Reader

"A vibrant torrent." --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - Onion City Film Festival '94, Chicago

DVD: 8min, 16mm, color, 1994
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Derek haugen
11.07.2008   

Punto y Raya Festival US Tour - An international experimental animation festival dedicated to the point and line.

Categories: [Events] 

MAD-Actions and the iotaCenter present the West Coast tour of PUNTO Y RAYA 0.4.

The festival "explores the ultimate synthesis of the form·movement duality in different spheres of human endeavor" and "uses abstraction's prime matter to reveal the limitations and achievements of our representation systems."

The US festival tour begins on November 13 in
Seattle, WA with stops in:
Eugene, OR
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
and Los Angeles, CA courtesy of moviment d'alliberament digital and the iotaCenter.

The complete festival schedule: iota's full Punto y Raya page
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Derek haugen
11.04.2008   

Los Angeles Filmforum presents Stephanie Maxwell Visual Music - A co-presentation with the iotaCenter

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Stephanie Maxwell in person!!

When: Sunday, November 9, 2008, 7:00 pm
Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Website: LA Filmforum; Stephanie Maxwell; The Egyptian Theatre

Stephanie Maxwell specializes in hand-painted experimental abstract animation. After performing a variety of painting, marking and engraving techniques directly onto 35mm film stock, Maxwell rephotographs each frame of the film using a digital feed camera and digital frame capture, sometimes employing additional manipulations such as bending and twisting the film, layering film frames together, and progressive alterations of the image during the frame by frame rephotography.

This screening will feature selections from Maxwell’s work from 1984 through her two newest works from 2008, as well as a twelve-minute short documentary about Maxwell’s filmmaking process, with footage of the artist at work.

The aesthetic of Maxwell’s films has changed since she began creating films in the 1980’s, and the transformation of her techniques and style will be apparent by viewing her films chronologically. The themes and imagery in her films vary widely – from that of a biological nature (GA, 1984), to staged, but painterly, graphical works (Somewhere, 1999) to interpretations of the metaphysical – time, reality, existence (Time Streams, 2003 and Runa’s Spell, 2007).

Some of the combinations of sound and imagery in Maxwell’s work are haunting and lovely, as in Runa’s Spell where a close-up of what appears to be a colorful microscopic organism is accompanied by the distant sound of a woman lamenting in musical form. In Reflecting Pool (2006), a dark, ominous background is lit up with neon reflections of sand animation combined with images of microscopic organisms in a watery matrix. The music reflects and reacts to the evolving revelations in this three-movement work.

“Stephanie Maxwell's work gets me. Her work is fuelled by a breathless, giddy energy and passion that seeps through every whore of a pore. Like a child, she is excited by a seemingly minute discovery — like an anthill, river or a rock. Maxwell's work is an extension of that explorative part of our childhood. She has a tenacious fascination with the natural world; a world that too many of us (myself included) have left behind in favor of simulated realities.”

– Chris Robinson, Animation World Magazine



Films include:

GA (1984, 5 mins, miniDV)

Please Don’t Stop (1989, 5 mins, miniDV)

Outermost (1998, 5 mins, miniDV)

Somewhere (1999, 5 mins, miniDV)

Fragments (2000, 7 mins, miniDV)

terra incognita (2001, 4 ½ mins, miniDV)

passe-partout (2002, 6 mins, miniDV)

Time Streams (2003, 5 ½ mins, miniDV)

Reflecting Pool (2004, 9 mins, miniDV)

Second Sight (2005, 5 ½ mins, miniDV)

All That Remains (2006, 6 mins, miniDV)

Runa’s Spell (2007, 3 ½ mins, miniDV)

Currents (2008, 6 mins, miniDV)

End To End (2008, 4 ½ mins, miniDV)

The Art Form of Stephanie Maxwell (2007, 12 mins, miniDV)

Total Running Time: 89 minutes



Stephanie Maxwell is Professor in the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Her teaching includes courses in film, video and animation production (including experimental processes), and history of animation. She has curated and presented film programs internationally and taught abroad on several occasions. Ms. Maxwell has been producing her unusual animated works for over 20 years. Numerous exhibitions of her award-winning work include international film, multimedia, and television programs and festivals. Her works are collected by museums and universities as works of art.
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