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Derek haugen
07.13.2009   

The iotaWeekly - July 13-19, 2009

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from Runa's Spell

Clip of the Week
Runa's Spell (2007) by Stephanie Maxwell

Stephanie Maxwell has been creating stunningly beautiful and original experimental animation for over twenty years. As a film artist who specializes in hand painting and engraving directly onto the surface of 35mm film stock, Maxwell employs a wide variety of materials and tools, including paints, markers, bleach, stencils, engraving tools, airbrush and many more experimental techniques..

The film can be found in its entirety along with thirteen other Maxwell films on Stephanie Maxwell: Animated Works, 1984-2007, a part of The iotaCenter's Kinetica Video Library™, available for purchase here.

Learn more about the Kinetica Video Library™ here.


Kevin Geiger

Site of the Week
Animation Options

Kevin Geiger, the President & CEO of Animation Options, LLC, hosts a site that is not only a storefront for his consulting firm, but also a launching pad for his insights, resources, and video presentations dealing with animation production. For any team or company, and even any individual, looking to create, produce, and distribute an animated film, both effectively and efficiently, the information Animation Options has to offer is worth looking into.

Speaking from years of experience in the animation industry and working with a wide array of clients, Keven Geiger has an incredible amount of expertise regarding the realities of producing animation that is applicable to both large and small scale projects.


New York Times

Artist of the Week
Jeff Scher

"Jeff Scher is a painter who makes experimental films and an experimental filmmaker who paints. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum, and has been screened at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at many film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival. Mr. Scher has also had two solo shows of his paintings, which have also been included in many group shows in New York galleries. Additionally, he has created commissioned work for HBO, HBO Family, PBS, the Sundance Channel and more. Mr. Scher teaches graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & Television's Animation program. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons."

--The New York Times



Check out Scher's work at his website.

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Derek haugen
07.06.2009   

The iotaWeekly - July 6-12, 2009

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from Stele by Robert Darroll

Clip of the Week
Stele (1996-1999) by Robert Darroll

Robert Darroll's Stele is a striking example of a collage of cel, video and computer animation techniques that was featured in The iotaCenter's 2002-2003 touring exhibition KINETICA 4.

The film can be found in its entirety along with four other Darroll films on Robert Darroll: Digital Animations, 1990-2001, a part of The iotaCenter's Kinetica Video Library,™ available for purchase here.

Learn more about the Kinetica Video Library™here.


Site of the Week
Quickdraw Animation Society

"Celebrating 25 years as a nonprofit artist run society dedicated to the art of independent animation. The Quickdraw Animation Society supports and encourages the production of innovative independent animation and develops the appreciation of all types of animation as a viable artistic medium."

--Quickdraw Animation Society


Scott Snibbe

Artist of the Week
Scott Snibbe

"Scott Snibbe creates immersive interactive art that evokes powerful emotional and social engagement from viewers. His works are known for their positive social effects: fostering a sense of interdependence, promoting social interaction among strangers, and increasing viewers' concentration. His artworks have been installed in over one hundred art museums, performance spaces, science museums and public spaces worldwide since 1995...

Snibbe was born in 1969 in New York City. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Fine Art, and a Master's in Computer Science from Brown University. Snibbe studied experimental animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and his films have been widely shown internationally. He has taught media art and experimental film at Brown University, The San Francisco Art Institute, the California Institute of the Arts, The Rhode Island School of Design and UC Berkeley. Snibbe worked at Adobe Systems as a Computer Scientist where he made substantial contributions to the special effects software Adobe After Effects and research projects at Adobe Research. Snibbe held research positions at Interval Research where he performed basic research in haptics, computer vision and interactive cinema. Snibbe's research is documented in a number of academic papers, and over a dozen patents."

--artist's website



Check out Snibbe's latest work at Scott Snibbe - Interactive Art.

Learn more about Scott Snibbe at his iotaCenter Profile.
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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

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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

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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

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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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