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Gina napolitan
07.11.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 11th - 17th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus" (2011) by Patrick Clair

Originally created for Australian television, this short infographic film explains the complex inner workings of the Stuxnet virus, "the first weapon made entirely out of code." Entertaining, informative, and a visually-engaging piece of motion graphics!



Site of the Week
UbuWeb

Up and running for 15 years, UbuWeb offers an eclectic cross-section of avant-garde media. Their extensive online archive features a mix of underground films, poetry readings, and experimental music--all of which are available for free.




Person of the Week
Stan VanDerBeek

American avant-garde pioneer Stan VanDerBeek gained fame for his subversive collage animations and early experiments in computer graphics. Many of his groundbreaking films can be viewed at our site of the week, UbuWeb.
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Derek haugen
07.08.2011   

"Video Works 2010" by Emile "Doctor T" Tobenfeld - Now Available in the Library and Study Center!

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from Changes #2



from Wisteriax Meditation

Doctor T (Emile Tobenfeld) has been performing visual improvisations with live music since 1973. His improvisations feature DVD's of his own video, photography and animation, which he mixes live in response to the sounds and actions of the performers he is working with. His visual material explores and blurs the boundary between realism and abstraction, and his "Visual Music" performances combine imagery and music into a unified immersive and evocative media experience.

This collection contains:
Changes #2
Wisteriax Meditation
The Liquid Piano
The Trip
Texture and Reaction
Changes #3

These films and much more 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.

For more information about Tobenfeld and his work, please visit his website and YouTube Channel.

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Derek haugen
07.08.2011   

"The Garden" (2010) by Ann Steuernagel - Now Available in the Library and Study Center!

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"The Garden" (2010, DV, 10min) is a reflection on climate change. It is created from found, recycled film footage and is presented in three parts. "I work almost exclusively with found footage (educational and industrial films, and home movies). Once I have appropriated the footage I practice the art of montage with great pleasure by colliding disparate images, looping clips and manipulating time. Such techniques accentuate the gestures and quotidian rhythms of my subjects distilling the essence of a time, place or idea. Although a narrative is never explicit one may be implied."

This film and much more 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.

Ann Steuernagel is an experimental video and sound artist. Her work has been presented throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. She is the recipient of the grand prize at the XX VideoArt Festival in Locarno, Switzerland, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Media Fellowship, a LEF grant, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Ann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern University.

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Paul shepherd
07.04.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 4th - 10th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Papal Broken Dance" (2009) by Marie Losier and Genesis P-Orridge

A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring…all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.
Screening this Sunday at the LA Filmforum following the night before by a screening of Ms. Losier's first feature documentary about Genesis P-Orridge The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye co-presented by Outfest and the LA Filmforum.





Site of the Week
lowave

lowave is a distribution and exhibition based organization in Paris. Founded by Marc Horchler and Silke Schmickl in 2002 they focus on experimental film, ground breaking animation, alternative documentary and other forms of art videos.




Person of the Week
Owen Land (aka George Landow)

An American avant-garde filmmaker focusing mostly on structuralist films began creating in the 60's and continued on for two decades before he decided to take a break from the world of experimental cinema. After a lengthy departure he returned making a few more astonishing films before passing away on June 9th, 2011. For more information on the ground breaking filmmaker read Mark Webber's blog on the Harvard Film Archive website.

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Gina napolitan
06.27.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 27 - July 3, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Fluid Form" (2010) by Matt Pringle

Watch "Fluid Form" (2010) by Matt Pringle! Created by filming droplets of printer ink as they spread through a vase of water, "Fluid Form" presents abstract, elemental forms that recall both water and fire. More of Pringle's work can be viewed on his Vimeo page.





Site of the Week
Radon Lake

Radon Lake is a Boston-based group devoted to the promotion of experimental and independent films. Aside from promoting local events, their website offers a forum for thoughtful discussion of new works and useful information on upcoming festival deadlines and calls for entries.




Person of the Week
Thomas Wilfred

Danish-born Thomas Wilfred came to America as a singer of early music, and got involved with a group of Theosophists who wanted to build a color organ to demonstrate spiritual principles. Wilfred called his color organ the Clavilux, and named the artform of color-music projections "Lumia." He stressed polymorphous, fluid streams of color slowly metamorphosing. He established an Art Institute of Light in New York, and toured giving Lumia concerts in the United States and Europe (at the famous Art Deco exhibition in Paris). He also built "lumia boxes," self-contained units that looked rather like television sets, which could play for days or months without repeating the same imagery.

-William Mortiz
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Gina napolitan
06.20.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 20 - 26, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Constellations" (2010) by Rainer Kohlberger

Watch "Constellations" (2010)! Created for a poetry festival in Berlin, Rainer Kohlberger's live-generated imagery pulsates with the cadence of the poet speaking while remaining enmeshed with the atmospheric music in the space. More of Kohlberger's work can be found on his website and Vimeo page.





Site of the Week
Women in Animation

Women in Animation is an organization devoted to the advancement of women within the often male-dominated animation industry. In addition to providing a creative network, Women in Animation offers a student animation scholarship in honor of founding member Phyllis Craig. Check their website for information on upcoming screenings and events related to their work!




Person of the Week
Karen Aqua

On May 30th, the independent animation community lost one of its most exuberant voices, Karen Aqua. Even those unfamiliar with independent animation have likely seen her work--beginning in 1990, Aqua produced a number of buoyant and colorful animated segments for Sesame Street. If you live in the Boston area, a public memorial for Aqua is being planned at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA on July 10th.

“Much of the Karen Aqua universe is populated with creatures spawned from a mating between Matisse cutouts and carvings on Incan tombs. Made of neon-bright colors and sharp angles, her exuberant stick figures give off an energy that’s neither entirely human nor entirely animal. What’s more, they’re caught up in a natural system that may be sinister, but never lacks a sense of humor.”

— Robin Dougherty, Boston Phoenix
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Gina napolitan
06.13.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 13 - 19, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Silence" (1968) by Jules Engel

Watch a clip from "Silence" (1968)! Master animator Jules Engel's work is always worth returning to. Elegant and deceptively simple, "Silence" gracefully traces mandala-like paths of motion to a hypnotic, meditative effect.

This film can also be found on iotaCenter's 2009 Kinetica Video Library release"Jules Engel: Selected Works, Volume I," available from The iotaStore.



Site of the Week
Barbican Art Gallery

Check out the Barbican Art Gallery, one of London's largest arts venues, and "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show," an exhibition that aims to demonstrate the centrality of animation to contemporary global culture. It is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted of the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years – from Snow White and Mickey Mouse to Avatar.

Jules Engel's "Train Landscape" will be featured as part of this exhibition.





Person of the Week
Christine Marie

Christine Marie creates innovative shadow theater shows (including stereoscopic live performances) using simple lighting techniques and a variety of props. This week as a part of REDCAT's RADAR LA series, Christine Marie will be presenting her piece, Ground to Cloud, which "draw[s] on the history of electric light to manifest a flickering world of natural phenomena and human intervention."
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Derek haugen
06.07.2011   

"After Effects CS3 Projects" by Michael J Stoffan (aka Michael Mantra) - Now Available in the Library and Study Center!

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from Or Zone




from Sonic Whey


Oakland, CA-based musician and abstract animator Michael J. Stoffan, also known as Michael Mantra, has created four distinct mysterious visions that incorporate fluid, psychdelic, and meditative imagery using Adobe After Effects, with each set to music composed by the artist himself.

This collection includes:
Gate Stream (2008, 1:30min)
Or Zone (2008, 2:30min)
The Well (2008, 2:00min)
Sonic Whey (2008, 3:30min)

These films and much more 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.

For more information about Mantra and his work, please visit his iotaCenter Artist Profile and his website. Mantra's videos "Pew" (2003) and "FMW 02" (2003) can also be found on "Visual Music from iota" DVD, available at The iotaStore.

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Gina napolitan
06.06.2011   

The iotaWeekly - June 6 - 12, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"These Hammers Don't Hurt Us" (2010) by Michael Robinson

Watch "These Hammers Don't Hurt Us" (2010)! Alternately poignant, funny, and surreal, Michael Robinson's "These Hammers Don't Hurt Us" deftly combines a variety of found footage (most notably Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video and select clips of Elizabeth Taylor from the 1963 epic "Cleopatra") with stylized architectural computer graphics.

The piece has screened in a number of prominent venues this year, including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and LA Filmforum's "Triumph of the Wild: New Experimental Animation."



Site of the Week
Kecskemét Animation Film Festival

The 10th annual Kecskemét Animation Film Festival will be taking place from June 15th through June 19th in Hungary, with the year's theme being the relationship of animation and music. Among the highlights of this year's festival is a presentation of works by Hungarian native Jules Engel (introduced by his biographer Janeann Dill, Ph.D., MFA) during the "Back to the Homeland" screening.




Person of the Week
Nancy Jean Tucker

Nancy Jean Tucker, who teaches animation classes geared towards adults at the Echo Park Film Center, creates playful and singularly imaginative digital animated works. In May 2011, Tucker curated a show of new experimental animation at EPFC featuring work by Joel Fox, Amanda Tasse, Jen Sachs, Cosmo Segurson, Jennifer Jordan Day, Alyssa Sherwood, Colin Barton, Jin A Yoon, KC Perry, Jed McGowan, Amy Lockhart, and others. Be sure to check out the music video she created for Asthmatic Kitty band Fol Chen!

For more information about Tucker and her work, please visit her website.
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Derek haugen
06.03.2011   

Works by Danny Winkler & Emilia Loseva - Now available in the Library and Study Center!

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from Ebir Nari

Ebir Nari (Beyond the River) (2009, DVD, 65min)
Reflecting hidden places in mind and space, Ebir Nari traces a story of mythical geography and ancient death ritual, shot in India, the Caucasus and England. Inspired by the concept of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the film is a raw contemplation on the images of life and the hereafter, which smears intellectual borders and reassembles the spiritual atlas of human beliefs.

Twelve haikus in lethargy (unfinished) (2010, DVD, 7min)
The passive realism of nature reveals itself through simplicity and lightness. Three lines of verse draw on the correlation between image and phenomena in one temporal point. Using the manoeuvres of this stylised form, the film captures with minimal means of expression the rhythm of the way of things.

These films and much more 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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