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Derek haugen
02.16.2011   

"Fruit Flies" (2010) by Christine Lucy Latimer - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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This film seals under perforated 16mm splicing tape all of the fruit flies that drowned in the vinegar trap on the artist's kitchen counter last summer.

Christine Lucy Latimer is a visual artist working in the photographic and time-based arts. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Her work over the past decade has been featured at international film festivals and galleries in Canada, the U.S. Argentina, the Netherlands, Austri, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the U.K., India, Japan and Korea.

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

Fruit Flies, DVD, color, 2010
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Derek haugen
02.16.2011   

The iotaCenter Salon: "Abstracting the External" - This Thursday, February 17 at UCLA!

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Projections of beautiful abstract imagery that shows us a window into the external world - vegetation, rural, floral - all from a alternative world. Far beyond the reaches of the metropolis there is a place where gardens grow.

Join us at UCLA's Broad Art Center - a deck and lounge area is waiting with glimpses of this world. Feel free to sit outside or in the comfort of the warm interior and grab a coffee inside. As always b...ring your thinking caps because at our salons discussion is just as important as viewing.

Films and videos by: Sky David, Aaron F. Ross, Peter Rose, Diana Rechenbach (local Artist), Ria Ama (local artist), Richard Reeves, Walter Ungerer and more.

For current line up and more information, please visit The iotaCenter Salon: "Abstracting the External" Page.

When: Thursday February 17, 2011, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Where: UCLA Broad Art Center Lounge, Westwood, CA
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Derek haugen
02.16.2011   

"The Nightgardener" (2008) by Jennifer Hardacker - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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The life of a garden after dark: Balinese dancers sway on the petals of flowers, Russian singers perform in a lily. "The Nightgardener" brings together disparate images that capture the essence of our collective unconscious and plays these images on floral screens.

"The Nightgardener" explores the idea of the collective unconscious collected as images appropriated from old educational films, and are projected onto garden plants and then re-photographed.

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

"The Nightgardener" also screens this Thursday as part of The iotaCenter Salon: "Abstracting the External" at UCLA's Broad Art Center Lounge.

The Nightgardener, DVD, color, 2008
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Derek haugen
02.14.2011   

"Machina Mystica" & "Opus Alchymicum": DVDs by Aaron F. Ross - Now available at iotaCenter's Library & Study Center and Store!

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Machina Mystica
In this collection featuring works from the period 1990-1991, the artist makes extensive use of analog video synthesizers, video feedback, and flicker. Sound and music are woven together, and are inspired by esoteric traditions such as Tibetan Buddhism and Occidental alchemy. The videos are scientifically designed to be vehicles for personal transformation. Your neural pathways will be forever changed. More...

NTSC DVD
60 minutes



Opus Alchymicum
In this collection of short avant-garde video works from 1991-1999, the artist weaves music and video together to create abstract visual music. Among the tools employed are rare analog video synthesizers and 3D computer animation. These pieces range from personally transformative to satirical. A unique collection of unusual cultural artifacts. More...

NTSC DVD
46 minutes

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Derek haugen
02.11.2011   

The iotaWeekly - February 14-20, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Energie!" (2007) by Thorsten Fleisch

Created through the careful arrangement of photographic paper exposed to high voltage electrical discharges, "Energie!" (2007) by Thorsten Fleisch simultaneously portrays a sense of deep space and the origins of energy and matter.

More of Thorsten Fleisch's experimental animated films can be seen at his website.



Site of the Week
Video Data Bank

"Founded in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank is the leading resource in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists. The VDB collections feature innovative video work made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view. The collections include seminal works that, seen as a whole, describe the development of video as an art form originating in the late 1960's and continuing to the present. The videos in our collections employ innovative uses of form and technology mixed with original visual style to address contemporary art and cultural themes."

--VDB





Person of the Week
Harry Smith

Painter, anthropologist, filmmaker, and musicologist, Harry Smith was a leading figure of the mid-twentieth century American avant-garde movement. Known largely for his work with direct techniques and idiosyncratic paper cut-out collage, Smith's films portray his love of pattern and persistent interest in the invocation of other-worldly realms.

Efforts to preserve the rich and varied body of work he left behind--including his unusual collections of string figures, paper airplanes, and Ukrainian Easter eggs--are currently being undertaken by Smith's former assistant and curator of his archive, Rani Singh at the Getty Research Institute. The first comprehensive book of essays on Smith's work, Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular, was published by the Getty last year.


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Derek haugen
01.10.2011   

The iotaWeekly - January 10-16, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“un albor (Dawn)" (1999) by Ying Tan

Watch "un albor (Dawn)" (1999) by Ying Tan, an experimental animation created to accompany a music score by American composer Jeffrey Stolet. The animation employs abstract visual forms to visualize the magnificent external landscape at the time of dawn in contrast with the dark night of a human soul. The singing text is from a poem by Spanish poet Gustava Adolfo Becquer.

"un albor (Dawn)" was featured in iotaCenter's touring festival KINETICA 4 from December 2002-April 2003. In September 2010, "un albor" was also shown alongside other selections from iotaCenter's collection at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk as part of DigitalArt.LA, iotaCenter's collaboration with the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.

For more about Ying Tan and her work, please visit her Vimeo site and website.




Site of the Week
Electronic Arts Intermix: The National Center for Experiments in Television

Visit The National Center for Experiments in Television page at Electronic Arts Intermix! Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical video works by artists. For 39 years, EAI has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of video art, and more recently, digital art projects.

The National Center for Experiments in Television (NCET) grew out of a project initiated at San Francisco's public television station KQED in 1969. NCET was the most overtly experimental and process-oriented of the public television art projects of the late 1960s and early '70's.






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Ottawa International Animation Festival
Person of the Week
Jean Detheux

"Jean Detheux was born in Belgium, where he received his academic training (Académie royale des beaux-arts de Liège et Institut supérieur d'architecture de Liège). He immigrated to Canada in 1972 and until 1984 taught at various art schools in Canada and the U.S. (Alberta College of Art, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Concordia University in Montreal, Algonquin College in Ottawa, New York University, Parson School of Design in New York and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture). Since then, he has devoted himself primarily to his own work.

Since the 1960s he has exhibited his work in solo and in group shows, in both Belgium and North America. He has a passionate interest in philosophy, and in 1981 he was chosen to be a member of the Husserl Circle at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He has given numerous talks about the phenomenology of vision and the process of creation. In 1996, as a result of serious allergies from his use of painting materials, he gave up painting for digital technology. This shift brought on an intense period of creativity that has led him to animated film."

--National Film Board of Canada



In January 2010, Detheux's "Civil War" (2009) screened at The iotaSalon: "Text and Speech" at UCLA.

For more information about Detheux and his work, please visit his page at The Visual Music Village
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Derek haugen
01.03.2011   

The iotaWeekly - January 3-9, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Entrance" (2010) by Jim Ellis

Watch "Entrance" (2010) by Jim Ellis, a stunning piece of abstract filmmaking that conjures aquatic forms and gestures that are simultaneously haunting and calming.

For more about Jim Ellis and his work, please visit his Vimeo site.




Site of the Week
Artists' Television Access

Check out Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, California's nonprofit, all-volunteer, artist-run, experimental media arts gallery that has been in operation since 1984. ATA hosts a series of film and video screenings, exhibitions and performances by emerging and established artists and a weekly cable access television program.







Persons of the Week
Cloud Eye Control

"Cloud Eye Control is a collaborative performance group from Los Angeles comprised of three members: Chi-wang Yang, Miwa Matreyek, and Anna Oxygen. We create original works that uniquely combine interactive media with live performance. Since our inception in 2004 we have created three original works that have been presented both nationally and internationally.

Whether through a re-imagining of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight, the discovery of powerful crystals underground, or one woman's interstellar search for a new home, a common theme in our stories is human adaptation in a technological world. To realize these stories, we project pre-rendered animation and live camera imagery onto various surfaces on the stage, and this imagery functions as scenery and virtual actor. Both high and low tech methods are used to allow the live actor to interact with the media. These methods range from custom-built interactive video software to the physical manipulation of video puppets."

--www.cloudeyecontrol.com



For more information about Cloud Eye Control and their work, please visit their website.
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Derek haugen
12.27.2010   

The iotaWeekly - December 27-January 2, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Durian" (2007) by Thomas Williams
Music by Steve Nalepa and Mileece

Watch "Durian" (2007) by Thomas Williams, a beautiful abstract music video created by blending fractal frames and computer animation, drawing upon the very unique forms of the durian fruit.

"Durian" was featured in December at The iotaSalon: Members Showcase at Vidiots Annex.

For more about Thomas Williams and his work, please visit his website.




Site of the Week
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000

Explore the online home of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive's "Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000" where you can explore excerpts from the book, preview the museum's exhibition, and see where the screening tour is headed next. This wonderful project was curated by the PFA's Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid along with Cal Arts' Steve Anker.







Person of the Week
Benoit B. Mandelbrot
November 20, 1924 – October 14, 2010

Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Franco-American mathematician. Born in Poland, he moved to France with his family when he was a child. Mandelbrot spent much of his life living and working in the United States, acquiring dual French and American citizenship.

Mandelbrot worked on a wide range of mathematical problems, including mathematical physics and quantitative finance, but is best known as the father of fractal geometry. He coined the term fractal and described the Mandelbrot set. Mandelbrot extensively popularized his work, writing books and giving lectures aimed at the general public.

Mandelbrot spent most of his career at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and was appointed as an IBM Fellow. He later became Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University. Mandelbrot also held positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Université Lille Nord de France, Institute for Advanced Study and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Mandelbrot passed away this year on October 14.


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Elyse kolin
12.20.2010   

The iotaWeekly - December 20-26, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Unsubscribe No. 4: The Saddest Song in the World" (2010) by Jodie Mack

Watch a clip from "Unsubscribe No. 4: The Saddest Song in the World" (2010) by Jodie Mack! A collage of paper scraps echo the joys and challenges of relationships as they playfully merge and break apart to a heartfelt rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" by the artist herself.




Site of the Week
Phenomenica.com

Take a look at Phenomenica.com's Snowflake Art! feature. Highlighting high resolution photographs snowflakes, Phenomenica.com illuminates the incredible beauty found in everyday, naturally occurring objects.

The website also features fascinating updates about the universe's "Mysteries, Phenomena, Ancient History and Science". For information, click here.







Persons of the Week
J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

Husband and wife duo, J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, are authors and illustrators of off beat quirky children's books. The duo's book, "Olive the Other Reindeer", eventually was made into a refreshingly unconventional animated holiday film. Their vibrant illustrations and unique story lines transform potential oddities into inexplicable delights.

For more information about Seibold and Walsh's current work visit their website.


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Elyse kolin
12.13.2010   

The iotaWeekly - December 13- 19, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Cosmic Christmas Teaser" (2010)
Concept and music by Eban Schletter, Video by J-Walt

Watch the "Cosmic Christmas Teaser" (2010)! This Holiday Season take a trip out to the far reaches of the galaxy for a truly unique multimedia spectacular. The Glendale Planetarium presents Eban Schletter's Cosmic Christmas: A yuletide odyssey played out in the high tech full dome theater.

Featuring live theramin by Eric Shletter, vibraphone by Alexander Burke, a choir, and live animation from iotaCenter Board Member and Spontaneous Fantasia creator, J-Walt!

The final performances will be held on December 19 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

For more information about Eban Schletter and Cosmic Christmas, please visit his website.




Site of the Week
MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL


Visit MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL! "Since 1978 the Millennium Film Journal has published articles about independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema, video, and, more recently, works that use the newer technologies. The Millennium Film Journal is dedicated to avant-garde cinema theory and practice, where the term "cinema" includes all technologies of the moving image."--MFJ

Filmmakers, videomakers, those who use other methods of image production, and all parties interested in advanced or regressive cinema are encouraged to submit articles, reviews, manifestoes, schemas, and proposals.

For information, click here.







Persons of the Week
Ernest Pintoff

Ernest Pintoff, born December 15, 1931, was an American film and television director, screen writer and producer. A central figure in Modernist Animation, Pintoff won an academy award for his short animated film "The Critic," (1963) a satire on modern art written and narrated by Mel Brooks. Pintoff taught design and painting at Michigan State University. His interest in animation and film extended throughout his lifetime.




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