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Gina napolitan
03.07.2011   

The iotaWeekly - March 7 - 13, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi" (2011) by Timo Arnall

Watch "Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi" (2011)! Media artist and designer Timo Arnall elegantly visualizes the invisible world of WiFi using light painting techniques. More information on Timo Arnall and his work can be found on his website.



Site of the Week
The History of the Discovery of Cinematography

The History of the Discovery of Cinematography is an on-going internet catalog/timeline of the pre-cinematic devices which paved the way for modern filmmaking. Curated by film historian Paul Burns, the site offers an eclectic hopscotch across the countless ways our species has played with perception and attempted to create the illusion of life and motion.







Person of the Week
Nancy Andrews

Filmmaker Nancy Andrews creates fascinating work that encompasses animation, live action, and puppetry. Andrews will be screening her films at REDCAT this week. Be sure to check it out!

“Nancy Andrews’s films are small treasures, finely crafted, exquisite in small details and as rare as they come. Her cinema is artisanal, beautiful in its homespuness, expressive in its miscellany of hand-made images, whether drawn, animated or acted, and sly in its humor.”

– Lawrence Kardish, The Museum of Modern Art


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Derek haugen
03.04.2011   

2 Films by Jane Cassidy - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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The Night After I Kicked It (2009)
"The Night After I Kicked It" is a visual music work. The music and animation were composed simultaneously to create a cohesive, tightly synchronized piece. There is no narrative, rather both elements of the composition influence each 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.


It's Elementary (2009)
"It's Elementary" is an abstract piece of visual music inspired by the work of John Whitney. The role of the visuals is to follow the structure of the music, to correspond with the intensity found in the score, and to map the rhythms of the individual instruments and to reflect the range of the instrumental pitch content.


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

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Derek haugen
03.04.2011   

3 Films by Micheline Durocher - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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Electric Garden (2009)
"Electric Garden" follows one continuous pan of the edges and outlines of the female body and elicits the idea of the well-established erotic theme in art: the reclining nude. Rendered in rich and vibrant colors, it transfers the imagery of the undressed observed reclining woman to a visual representation of woman’s own satisfaction.


Doppelganger (2009)
This recent experimental video is inspired by the autobiography of Goethe, conveying the uncanny feeling of being confronted with your double.


Matchstick (2006)
Constructed around a soundtrack of burning matches, "Matchstick" is a poetic visual meditation on memory, desire, and Hans Christian Anderson’s "Little Matchstick Girl." The video finds visual pleasure in the play of light and darkness, blurring and fragmenting images while it develops its central themes: memory, the impossibility of truly “remembering” and the construction of desire through video editing techniques.


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

Durocher is a Montreal based artist currently working in video and photo-based media. Learn more about Durocher and her work at her website.
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Gina napolitan
02.28.2011   

The iotaWeekly - February 28 - March 2, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“The Bellows March" (2009) by Eric Dyer

Watch "The Bellows March" (2009) by Eric Dyer! Using a series of elaborate 3D printed zoetropes (which the filmmaker has dubbed "cinetropes"), "The Bellows March" investigates cycles of creation and destruction.



Site of the Week
Prelinger Archives

An amazing online resource, especially for those interested in found footage filmmaking, the Prelinger Archives site at archive.org offers over 2,000 ephemeral films for free dowloading and re-use.

From archive.org: "Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 2,000 key titles (soon to be 2,500) are available here. As a whole, the collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres."





Person of the Week
Stephanie Barber

Baltimore-based filmmaker and multi-media artist Stephanie Barber creates unique and compelling experimental films which have screened at Anthology Film Archive, MoMA, and at various galleries around the world. In addition to filmmaking, Barber is a poet and her work been published by Bronze Skull Press and Publishing Genius.


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Derek haugen
02.21.2011   

The iotaWeekly - February 21 - 27, 2011

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Clip of the Week
“Fruit Flies" (2010) by Christine Lucy Latimer

Watch "Fruit Flies" by Christine Lucy Latimer! Created with 16mm splicing tape, this film is a document of all the fruit flies that drowned in the vinegar trap on the filmmaker's kitchen counter last summer.



Site of the Week
National Film Board of Canada

Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has earned a reputation for supporting innovative filmmakers, especially within its animation unit. Over the past few years, the NFB has made hundreds of their funded works available online, including films by Normal McLaren, Caroline Leaf, and other influential animators. Visit the NFB's online screening room and spend some time viewing both new and classic short films!





Persons of the Week
Moebius Animacion Artists: Colombian Avant-Garde Animation

This eclectic and daring group of Colombian animators has been working towards creating a hub for experimental animation in Latin America. Much of the collective's work, which recently screened at the University of Southern California, can be viewed on their website.


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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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