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Derek haugen
05.20.2011   

"Eye Liner" (2011) by Joanna Priestley - Now Available at the Library and Study Center!

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Come visit us at the Library and Study Center and see "Eye Liner" (2011), directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley with sound design by Seth Norman. Bold, crisp, playful animation that explores the organic geometry and archetypes of the human face. "Eye Liner" choreographs the flow and ebb of abstract and cultural effigies that echo facial features. This is the second film in a trilogy of abstract films that explore patterns of fauna and flora.

"Eye Liner" has screened at Black Maria Film Festival (First Prize) , ANIFEST (Second Prize), Big Muddy Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, Salem Film Festival, the National Gallery of Art, and the Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).

For more information about Priestley and her work, please visit her iotaCenter Artist Profile and her website.

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.
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Derek haugen
05.20.2011   

Recent Films by Neil Ira Needleman - Now available at the Library and Study Center!

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Check out these recent submissions from New York-based experimental filmmaker, Neil Ira Needleman. Needleman will be featured in the Westport Arts Center's "Solos 2011" on view from May 20 to June 26. The show is juried by Robin Jaffee Frank, senior associate curator of American paintings and sculpture at Yale University Art Gallery.

Lighthouse Polka (DVD, 2010, 5:32min)
"Oom-pah, oom-pah. That's what I hear through my eyes as I watch the steady 1-2 polka-like rhythm of this video. The single-take shot that forms the foundation of this video is simple enough: a slow stroll around the walkway atop the lighthouse at Manukau Head, New Zealand. This 360° panoramic shot takes in views of the bay, mountains, pastures, and the buildings that are part of the lighthouse compound. From that visual material I extracted a 6-frame shot and paired it with a flipped image of itself. These tiny shots then progress forward one or two frames at a time, each perfectly matching its flipped twin for length, composition, and progression."

slow fall (DVD, 2011, 4:30min)
"Autumn is a particularly enthralling time of year for my eyes. The sky can be deep blue one day and cool, hazy gray the next. On any given day, the trees can range in color from blazing orange to deep crimson to bright green to screaming yellow. I've attempted to include all those colors in this video, as well as quivering rhythms that flow over branches and leaves like a soft autumn wind. How rapturous it is to see and sense every season of the year! The older I get, the more I appreciate it. And the more I look forward to seeing/experiencing it again the next year."

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 Needleman and his work please visit his iotaCenter Artist Profile and his blog.
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Derek haugen
05.20.2011   

VCUarts' Kinetic Imaging 2011 Student Show - Now Available in the Library and Study Center!

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From Amanda Patterson's Crickets

Visit iota's Library and Study Center to see works from Virginia Commonwealth University's Kinetic Imaging 2011 Student Show. VCU's Department of Kinetic Imaging is committed to the artistic exploration of video, animation and sound. VCUarts' students are encouraged to use media for art-making, personal expression and experimentation. This collection contains 24 innovative experimental live-action and animated films created by VCUarts Kinetic Imaging students.

This collection includes:

"Happiness Cycle" by Riley Arthur
"Planes of Existence" by Brian Gordon
"Popoki-oki" by Janis Singley
"A Marionette's Rhapsody" and "The Boogeyman" by Eileen Halpin
"Sigmund" by Brooke Filo
"In Orbit" by Lindsay Stovall
"Far Away" by Evelyn Fisher
"Time Lost" by Rachel Glasgow
"Hooded Curiosity" by Bobby Craig
"Regrets" by Blake Oistad
"Game Start" by Nick Sampson
"A Dawning Deliverance" by Mary Anne Matel
"A Very Large Number of Microphones" and "Adam Rosenberg: A Self Portrait" by Adam Rosenberg
"Fat Pegasus" by Tyler Rhodes
"I Hope You Are" by Michele Seippel
"Erin Watson" by Barry Aissatou
"Cannon Ball on Upshur Street" by Corey Grunewald
"Crickets" by Amanda Patterson
"Something Romantic" by Lauren Stutzriem
"Horace & Red Adventures" by Adam Shipp
"Rhyme Time" by Nicole Hamilton
"Pinball" by Vila Chheang

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 VCU's Department of Kinetic Imaging, please visit their website.
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Derek haugen
05.18.2011   

CALL FOR PAPERS AND CREATIVE WORKS! Understanding VISUAL Music 2011 - August 26th and 27th, 2011 in Montreal, Canada

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Hexagram-Concordia Centre for Research Creation in Media Arts and Technologies in collaboration with the Department of Music at Concordia University present "Understanding VISUAL Music 2011," 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 event will take place on August 26 & 27, 2011 and will include paper sessions, roundtable discussions, and creative works presentations.

UVM 2011 is inviting researchers to present studies that address visual music's multiple definitions and dimensions, questions around visual music aesthetics and meaning, hierarchy and correlation of sound and image in this context, and the audience's perception thereof. Artists are also invited to propose visual music presentations -- both live and fixed. Attendance is required in both cases.

For more information and submission procedures, please visit the event's website.

Deadline for reception of proposals is June 18th, 2011
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Derek haugen
05.18.2011   

Works by Jacob Ciocci - Now Available at the Library and Study Center!

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"I’m more interested in the relationship between the mind and popular culture. And that relationship has to do with innocence, some kind of acceptance—when you accept something and when you don’t. I think that is particularly potent when it’s through the lens of a child. A child is just given this media and they’re forced to deal with it… When you’re a child you kind of accept things for exactly how they are. You don’t necessarily judge them yet…you don’t have a lot of doubt. So, that is simultaneously very powerful and very un-powerful--you’re just basically told what to do and what to believe. At the same time, you’re very confident and you create magic out of those beliefs." - Jacob Ciocci

2 Blessed 2 B Stressed (2010) by Jacob Ciocci

Ciocci's music and art, along with Paper Rad's monumental output, have been (to say the least) highly influential on a younger generation of artists and musicians. The music is often composed in ACII, blasted through a series of vintage Casio keyboards and budget electronics, recorded in real time and captured onto rainbow-colored floppy discs before being mixed down to digibeta, for that perfect sound. This collection is an attempt to collect solo video works from the past decade.

"The Peace Tape is a multitude of fantasies stuffed into a membrane of montage that seems to represent fantasy itself—as such, it seems apt that the video’s last, lingering image is a dog in a dog costume." - Brian Droitcour (Art Forum)





Extreme Animals: Music is a Question With No Answer (2010) by Jacob Ciocci. Music by Extreme Animals.

Hardcore hip-hop bagpipe jamms and pixelated party wisdom, including the tracks “Get Out of Your Mind”, “Question of the Ages”, “Gone Green”, and “Your Life/Your Language”. Life is a wilderness, don’t do anything illegal, it’s our time down here! If you don’t have a seizure we will give you a refund (no guarantees).

"A flashing, buzzing graveyard of primitive, low-resolution animated animals... is instantaneously dazzling and nauseating. (By the way, the museum installation of this work, which includes real stuffed animals thrashing wildly and turning on spits once you approach, is fabulous, the hit of the show.) And no one will blame you for turning away from it after a few seconds." - NY Times

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 Jacob Ciocci and his work, please visit his website.
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Derek haugen
05.18.2011   

Films from E*Rock: "The Optic Force Trilogy" (2006) - Now Available at the Library and Study Center!

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"In the process, I like to see how much you can overwhelm sensation by including more detail than you could possibly take in; this oversaturation also helps create the illusion of a stand-alone world—like a snapshot of something bigger, with an infinite amount of detail just out of reach, or the artificial world of a video game, seemingly open to endless exploration." -E*Rock (Art Forum 2009)

"The Optic Force Trilogy" (2006) by E*Rock
Hyper color, neon rainbows, fuzzy bleeds and sprays, heat vision, bright acid flashes. Optic Force Trilogy traffics in saturation and over stimulation set spinning at a frenetic speed: Speed, speed, speeding. Acid, acidic, hallucinatory: acidic colors, acidic sounds. Distortion turns everything, auditory and optical, into patterns and repetitions. The patterns contort, reflect, mirror, oscillate back and forth, drift across the screen, different ones rotate at different velocities. Colors and images flash rapidly: subliminally.

Includes:
I. Geomagnetic Mind Feed (11:23)
II. Max Force Vision Phasear (12:29)
III. Day Glo Supernovea (12:14)

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 E*Rock and his work, please visit his website.
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Derek haugen
05.16.2011   

Sharon Louden Animations 2005-2011 - Now available in the Library and Study Center!

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Sharon Louden works in series. Each animation is a lateral expansion and continuation of her visual vocabulary. Her animations are whimsical and playful, yet elegant and beautiful. They are 'drawings in space': drawings that come alive and create a narrative that is abstract while also evoking feelings of something present, something representational. Her characters gracefully move through her animations, creating aspects of modern dance within an abstract presentation. Louden's work was recently featured as part of the National Gallery Art's "Cine-Concert: Art in Motion" which included works from iotaCenter's collection.

In this volume:
Carrier 2011 2:30 min
The Bridge 2008 3:15 min
Hedge 2007 2:13 min
Pool 2006 1:24 min
Footprints 2006 4:00 min
Heavy 2006 2:46 min
Hugs 2006 2:15 min
The Dance 2006 2:34 min
Them 2006 1:32 min
Pile 2006 1:38 min

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 Louden and her work please visit her iotaCenter Member Page and her website.
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Gina napolitan
05.16.2011   

The iotaWeekly - May 16 - 22, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Bermuda" (2011) by Calvin Frederick

Watch "Bermuda" by Calvin Frederick! A recent submission to iotaCenter, "Bermuda" demonstrates how much can be accomplished in-camera without the use of digital effects or compositing. Frederick generated the densely layered imagery in this film using a series of mirrors, light boxes, and a motion-control rig. The result is a nuanced, hypnotic piece of animated choreography.



Site of the Week
Cinema Project

Founded in 2003, Cinema Project hosts ecclectic avant-garde film screenings and artist lectures in Portland, Oregon. On May 17th and 18th, Cinema Project will be screening a selection of curated works from Radical Light, including iotaCenter's print of "Eneri"(1953) by Hy Hirsh and Jane Conger Belson Shimane's found footage parody of Beat culture, "Odds and Ends". Be sure to check it out if you're in the area!




Person of the Week
Christopher Maclaine

Among the other works screening as part of Cinema Project's Radical Light program is Christopher Maclaine's "The End" (1953), an anxious, fractured narrative which stands as one of only four films the artist ever made. An elusive figure, Maclaine played an important role in the San Francisco Beat scene of the 1940s and 1950s. SFMOMA's blog offers a multi-part investigation of his life and work.

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Derek haugen
05.09.2011   

Celebrating Orphan Films: The Orphan Film Symposium West - May 13-14, 2011

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Color (1955) by Lidia García Milan




The Augustas (ca. 1930s-'50s) by Scott Nixon

UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to partner with Los Angeles Filmforum and New York University's Orphan Film Symposium to present an eclectic mix of screenings and discussions at the Billy Wilder Theater.

The Orphan Film Project consists of ongoing collaborations among archivists, lab and technology experts, scholars, filmmakers, curators and collectors with a shared passion for saving and screening neglected films from outside the commercial mainstream: home movies, outtakes, news film, sponsored works, silent-era cinema, fragments and experimental films. Join archivists, film historians, artists, technical experts and scholars as they discuss their efforts in finding, researching and presenting these rare gems.

Highlights include:

* Experimental films preserved by BB Optics and NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation students, including works by pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz, and Snail Film (1972), a mysterious and perhaps legendary piece made by animator Chris Casady while a student at CalArts..

* Rare local television screenings presented by the panel of Dan Einstein (UCLA Film & Television Archive), Featuring former iotaCenter Managing Director Stephanie Sapienza (The American Archive) and Mark J. Williams (Dartmouth).

* A panel featuring preservationists Bill Brand (BB Optics), Ross Lipman (UCLA Film & Television Archive) and iotaCenter Advisory Council member Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive) and a screening of the David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly (1987) from NYU Fales Library.

Passes are only $10. **NOTE** One pass admits you to all "Celebrating Orphan Films" events throughout the weekend. For tickets and more information, visit the UCLA Film & Television Archive's website.
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Gina napolitan
05.09.2011   

The iotaWeekly - May 9 - 15, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Flyfire" (2011) by SENSEable City Lab @ MIT

Watch "Flyfire" by SENSEable City Lab! This video is a visualization of SENSEable's intriguing Flyfire robotics project. From their website:

In its first implementation, the Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario.

With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.



Site of the Week
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University is a teaching and development lab devoted to the use of computer technology as a tool for both research and artistic practice. Their innovative work encompasses synthesis and audio coding, psychoacoustics, data sonification, music visualization, and much more.

On May 16th, the Center will be hosting a retrospective screening of works by reknowned experimental digital media artist Vibeke Sorensen. If you're in the SF Bay Area, be sure not to miss it!


Person of the Week
Peter Tscherkassky

Austrian experimental filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky has been creating meticulously crafted works since 1979. Often re-purposing found footage through optical and contact printing techniques, Tscherkassky's work expresses a formal rigor tinged with an unsettling, chaotic energy. A thoughtful overview of his films and the critical theories which motivate his work can be found here.

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