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Gina napolitan
05.02.2011   

The iotaWeekly - May 2 - 8, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Return of the OVC" (1989) by Visual Music Systems

Watch "Return of the OVC" by Visual Music Systems!

This video captures one of the final performances of Bill Sebastian's OVC (a.k.a. the Outer Space Visual Communicator). This specially created color organ was the manifestation of Sebastian's desire to "play light the way the best musicians play sound, to feel “light music" in his heart and simultaneously translate it into something his own senses could grasp." Originally used in the late 1970s for live concert performances with such groups as Sun Ra, Sebastian later built equipment that enabled video capture of the visualizations. Sebastian is the founder of Visual Music Systems, whose website we featured in a recent iotaWeekly.



Site of the Week
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center

"Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution."
--eyebeam.org


Person of the Week
E*Rock

Electronic musician and multi-media artist E*Rock creates frenetic, vibrant videos that playfully address issues of digital culture and visualize their accompanying audio in surprising ways. iotaCenter recently acquired E*Rock's "Triforce" DVD series--check out some of the clips in the video section of his website!

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Gina napolitan
04.25.2011   

The iotaWeekly - April 25 - May 1, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"The Night After I Kicked It" (2009) by Jane Cassidy

Watch "The Night After I Kicked It" (2009) by Jane Cassidy!

"The music and animation were composed simultaneously to create a cohesive, tightly synchronized piece. It is an abstract piece--there is no narrative, rather both elements of the composition influence eact other to create the structure and movement of the work. Within the animation the use of color, image placement on screen and the matching of images to sounds is used to create a type of associative synaesthesia."
-Jane Cassidy



Site of the Week
Anthology Film Archives 40th Anniversary

Anthology Film Archives, one of New York's great experimental film institution, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In addition to their annual film preservation honors event, Anthology will be hosting a benefit concert at City Winery on Wednesday, April 27th. If you're in the New York area, be sure to check it out!


Person of the Week
Peter Kubelka

In the spirit of Anthology's anniversary, this week's featured artist is Peter Kubelka, one of the archive's founding fathers along with Jonas Mekas, P. Adams Sitney, Jerome Hill, and Stan Brakhage. Widely considered the originator of the flicker film, Kubelka has influenced generations of avant-garde filmmakers, not only as a practicing filmmaker himself but as an innovative theoretician.

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Gina napolitan
04.18.2011   

The iotaWeekly - April 18 - 24, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Die Angst als Grundbefindlichkeit des Daseins" (2011) by Nikolai Gamasin

Watch "Die Angst als Grundbefindlichkeit des Daseins" (2011) by Nikolai Gamasin! The title of this piece, which roughly translates to English as "the state of fear as the reason for existence", refers to concepts addressed by German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Moody and darkly elegant, "Die Angst als Grundbefindlichkeit des Daseins" evokes an anxious atmosphere which is simultaneously disorienting and graceful.



Site of the Week
Rhythms and Visions: Expanded and Live!

In the vein of last fall's Live Visual Performance series, USC is hosting Rhythms and Visions, a fantastic program of live multi-media performances featuring abstract animation, music, and experiments in stereoscopic imaging! The program runs on Friday, April 22nd from 7:30pm to 11pm and admission is free!


Person of the Week
Paul Bush

English filmmaker Paul Bush is perhaps best known for his ingenious use of replacement animation in full-scale environments. Flickering from one image to the next, his work consistently demonstrates the agility of human perception and just how much information our minds insert between each individual film frame.

"The secret preoccupation of these films, finally, is beauty. It may be the case that the film-maker, in focusing so relentlessly on issues of time, narrative, history, the intersection of the graphic and the cinematic, and the question of clarity of presentation, doesn't himself see it but the viewer does. As if beauty were a necessary by-product of these investigations, beyond the intention of the artist, yet an inevitable result of his rigorous control and passionate pursuit of meaning." --Leslie Dick
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Gina napolitan
04.11.2011   

The iotaWeekly - April 11-17, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"A Brief History of Title Design" (2011) by Ian Albinson

Watch "A Brief History of Title Design" (2011) by Ian Albinson! Proprietor of Art of the Title, Albinson compiled this survey of film titles for the SXSW Festival's "Excellence in Title Design" Competition. The montage begins with the straight-foward text used at the dawn of cinema and closes with the complex optical work we have become so accustomed to in contemporary film, reinforcing title design as its own complex artform.




Site of the Week
UCLA Preserved Silent Animation

The UCLA Library's Preserved Silent Animation website offers a glimpse into the freely experimental early days of animated filmmaking. This collection of eleven films showcases a variety of techniques, from Vaudevillian "lighting sketches" to early exercises in stop-motion. Each film, which is available for free download, is accompanied by historical text and notes from UCLA's film preservationists.






Person of the Week
Pat O'Neill

A master of the optical printer, virtuosic experimental filmmaker Pat O'Neill has been producing visually stunning work since the 1960s. On April 21st, O'Neill will be screening his films, including his recently restored 35mm feature "Water and Power" (1989), at the Academy Archive's Linwood Dunn theater. Event information is available at the Academy Archive website.
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Gina napolitan
03.28.2011   

The iotaWeekly - March 28 - April 3, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Punto y Raya Festival (MegaTrailer 2007-2010)"

Watch the "Punto y Raya Festival (MegaTrailer 2007-2010)"! Perhaps the most abstract film festival in the world, Punto y Raya is a showcase for non-representational work where "dots and lines are ends in themselves." The festival recently announced its 2011 call for entries.

Visit their website for more details regarding submissions!




Site of the Week
Courtisane Film Festival

Founded in 2002, the Courtisane Film Festival in Belgium offers a "patchwork of recent and historical works that share an insatiable hunger for experimentation, a personal signature, and a sense of resistance." This year's festival, which runs from March 30th to April 3rd, promises an outstanding program of experimental films and artist presentations, including a retrospective screening of work by Robert Beavers and an exhibition of new works by Martin Arnold.

iotaCenter's print of Frank and Caroline Mouris' classic animated film "Impasse" (1978) will also be screening at Courtisane this year.






Persons of the Week
Double Negative Collective

"Since its inception in 2004, the Double Negative Collective has become a major presence in today’s experimental cinema scene in Montreal. Its unique existence has had an undeniable impact on the shifting landscape of moving-image art and the notion of artist collectives. Self-financed, the Double Negative Collective has succeeded for over five years to maintain its own studio with a variety of analogue filmmaking equipment, as well as organize experimental film screenings, performances and artist talks that continue to inspire the artistic communities both at home and abroad." -Canadian Film Institute


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Derek haugen
03.22.2011   

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Punto y Raya Festival 2011 - "The most abstract festival in the world"

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Punto y Raya Festival explores the ultimate synthesis of the form·movement duality in different spheres of human endeavour. Due to the simplicity of its criteria, it seeks to reveal the limitations and achievements of our representation systems using abstraction's prime matter.

This entry call is addressed to audiovisual pieces built up entirely from dots and lines. No representation whatsoever, just dots and lines as ends in themselves!

No entry fee and the deadline is July 4, 2011.

Check out all the info at the Punto y Raya 2011 Website
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Derek haugen
03.21.2011   

Ciné-Concert: Art in Motion! - Films from iotaCenter at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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from Silence (1968) by Jules Engel

Music and animation synchronize and harmonize in 15 playful abstract shorts by classic and contemporary animators. From Viking Eggeling's 1924 Symphonie diagonale, to Jules Engel's 1968 Silence, to New York artist Sharon Louden's 2011 digital creations—all the works presented are "whimsical, drawn-in-space creations that come alive and create their own narratives," as artist Louden describes her own work. Her new pieces are accompanied by live piano and percussion compositions written by Andrew Simpson. The older classic works feature their own original scores, intersections of visual and musical forms. (Approximately 100 minutes)

Other films from iotaCenter's collection include:

LUMA NOCTURNA (1974) by Dennis Pies (aka Sky-David)
SWAN (1975) by Jules Engel
PRELUDES IN MAGICAL TIME (1988) by Sara Petty
3/78 (1978) and TWO SPACE (1979) by Larry Cuba

For more information, please visit the NGA's website.

When: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 5:00pm
Where: East Building Concourse, Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
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Gina napolitan
03.21.2011   

The iotaWeekly - March 21 - 27, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Monarda" (2010) by Walter Ungerer

Watch "Monarda" (2010)! "Monarda" (also called "Bee Balm") is an exploration through digital manipulation of clips recorded in filmmaker Walter Ungerer's garden of various plants, flowers, and birds. Abstract colors, shapes, and sounds are the key components of the film.

More information on Ungerer's film came be found here.




Site of the Week
Google Art Project

Recently created by Google, Art Project enables users to explore some of the world's most renowned museums using their streetview technology and offers an extensive collection of high-resolution, zoom-able images of famous artworks.






Person of the Week
Sharon Louden

"Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art...Louden's animations continue to be screened and featured in many film festivals and museums all over the world, including an upcoming screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on March 27th, 2011, where she will premiere a new animation entitled Carrier...Sharon currently teaches at the National Academy of Art in New York City, and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In addition, Louden is active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. Sharon Louden is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in New York City. "

--artist's homepage



This Sunday, March 27, Louden's work screens alongside films from iotaCenter's collection including Jules Engel's Silence at The National Gallery of Art's "Ciné-Concert: Art in Motion!" For more information about the screening and what films will be shown from iota's collection, please visit our event posting.


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Taz morgan
03.14.2011   

The iotaWeekly - March 14 - 20, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Doppelgänger" (2009) by Micheline Durocher

Watch "Doppelgänger" (2009)! Micheline Durocher is a Montreal-based artist currently working in the areas of photography and video. "Doppelgänger" is an experimental video inspired by the autobiography of Goethe, conveying the uncanny feeling of being confronted with your double. More information on Micheline Durocher and her work can be found on her website.



Site of the Week
Netherlands Media Arts Institute Catalogue

The Netherlands Media Arts Institute Catalogue is an extensive database of video and media art from the collection at the Netherlands Media Arts Institute (NIMk). This online archive features clips from over 1000 media artworks since 1978 and includes works by Dutch and international artists. In addition to video content, the Catalogue also contains unique documentation of events and project realized by NIMk.







Person of the Week
Walter Ruttmann

Filmmaker Walter Ruttmann was an early practitioner of experimental film along with Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling. Ruttmann is probably most best known for directing the experimental documentary "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City" (1927), which is a rhythmic portrayal of the city's industry and daily life. His first abstract short films, "Opus I" (1921) and "Opus II" (1923), were experiments with new forms of film expression.




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Taz morgan
03.09.2011   

Aarhus Gallery - Walter Ungerer - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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This compilation of four works by filmmaker and artist Walter Ungerer was created for an exhibition at the Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, Maine.

Monarda (2010)
"Monarda" (also called "Bee Balm") is an exploration through digital manipulation of clips recorded in Ungerer's garden of various plants, flowers, and birds. Abstract colors, shapes, and sounds are the key components of the film.

Blue Parrot (2009)
"Blue Parrot" follows a journey through Los Angeles sites, including the Getty Museum and the Santa Monica Beach, which is based on short vignettes recorded with a small digital camera during a visit to LA from Maine.

Such As It Is (2007)
"Such As It Is" is a film in four parts: underground, city, rural countryside, and fog and ocean. All four parts portray experiments with color and sound.

A Warm Day Comes After A Cold Winter (1994)
This short film is an example of Ungerer's early work with computer and animation software. The film focuses on an eye that floats in the frame with abstract shapes and colors.


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

Walter Ungerer began working in the underground film scene of New York City in the early 1960s. In the 90s, Ungerer moved to video to continue his exploration of light, space and technology. Recently, Ungerer has used inexpensive digital still cameras to create his works. His intention for his work is to showcase media as art and "to lift up the spirit in wonder and celebrate existence." Learn more about Ungerer and his work at Dark Horse Films, Inc. website.
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