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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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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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