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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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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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