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Elyse kolin
12.06.2010   

The iotaWeekly - December 6-12, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Machi" (2010) by Morgan Fisher

Watch a clip from "Machi" by Morgan Fisher from the 2010 DVD compilation "The Light Painter." For the last twenty years, alongside his more publicized work in the field of music, Morgan Fisher has been developing and refining a technique he calls "Light Painting." While many have used this term, in Morgan's case this consists principally of abstract or absolute photography created by moving the camera during extended exposures in front of various types of light sources.

For more information about Morgan Fisher and his work visit his website.

Fisher's work will be featured this Friday, December 10, at The iotaCenter Salon: "Members Showcase" at Vidiots Annex in Santa Monica, CA.




Site of the Week
Vidiots Annex

Check out Vidiots Annex, Santa Monica's reknowned independent video rental store's latest endeavor to bring Film Studies to the people! Vidiots owners’, Patty Cohen and Cathy Tauber, say that the Annex is an organic development inspired by the many customers who love to come up to the counter and chat with the store’s knowledgeable staff about their latest discoveries. For its 25th anniversary, Vidiots will now offer the perfect place to continue those cinematic conversations.

Vidiots Annex is also the site of The iotaCenter's Members Showcase, an entire screening devoted to our members. Join us on December 10 at 8pm!







Persons of the Week
Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Steve Anker

BAM/PFA Film Curator, Kathy Geritz, BAM/PFA Video Curator Steve Seid, Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts Steve Anker are responsible for the expansive and revolutionary Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 ! Taking a look at the history of Avant-Garde Film and Video in the Bay Area, Radical Light includes a thoroughly researched and illustrated book, an extensive film and video series presenting both famous and overlooked pieces, and a captivating gallery exhibition of archival ephemera and paper works at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

The Radical Light Book, Film, and Video Tour will travel throughout the United States in 2011–2012. For more information about the tour click here!

For more information about the curators and their project, check out this featured interview.


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Elyse kolin
11.29.2010   

3 Films by Hisham M. Bizri - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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A Film (2010)
A film poem about love, the work embodies the blurred moments between dreaming and waking life. A journey through melancholy and joy, childhood and adulthood, the film stems from the notion that life is a circular journey.


Song for a Deaf Ear (2008)
A meditative exploration of the insanity of war, specifically in Lebanon, the artist's home country. In 2007, Bizri returned to Lebanon with his camera and created this film around the death of his neighbors 20 years prior. A collage of home videos, new footage, and fading images, the film undeniably affecting.


Asmahan (2005)
A film about famous Syrian singer, Asmahan, the filmmaker rearranges two of the actor's famous B-films to create a new narrative reflecting the star's life in colonial Egypt. Dream sequences and found footage explore the material quality of film itself, placing an emphasis on the effects of formal arrangement.


These films ad 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

Learn more about Bizri and his work at his website.
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Elyse kolin
11.29.2010   

Capitol Symmetry by Neil Ira Needleman - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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Best described by Needleman himself, the video "is totally about symmetry. First, the subject matter is symmetrical: the Capitol Plaza in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Second, I flipped the footage on itself, so the scenes in the frame are symmetrical: the left and right halves perfectly mirror each other. Third, the temporal structure of the video is symmetrical: rhythmic, slowly overlapping scenes progress to the midway point (the only calm moment in the video) and then they flow in reverse to the beginning (now the end). Fourth, in the second half of the video, a deeper level of symmetry is added when the top half of the frame and bottom half begin to mirror each other, in addition to the left right symmetry. This forms a pulsating kaleidoscopic effect that is either the apotheosis of symmetry or a satire of it. Or perhaps both."

For more information about Needleman and his work, visit his website.

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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Elyse kolin
11.29.2010   

Phosphenes: Experimental Animation by Aaron F. Ross and Anna Geyer - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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Hypnogogic visual phenomena inspire a seven-minute odyssey of flowing abstract visual music. Anna Geyer manipulates analog film with traditional paint and engraving, plus other esoteric alchemical techniques. Aaron F. Ross animates this source material in high definition video, provides generative 3D computer animation, and also contributes the musical score.

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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Elyse kolin
11.29.2010   

The iotaWeekly - November 29- December 5, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Tanka" (1976) by David Lebrun

Watch "Tanka" (1976) by David Lebrun! “TANKA means, literally, ‘a thing rolled up’. TANKA, photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons, an animated journey through the image world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.” --Night Fire Films

David Lebrun is also a member of eminent light show collective Single Wing Turquoise Bird whose members also include Peter Mays and Michael Scroggins. Lebrun and SWTB were recently featured in the Getty sponsored symposium Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980 presented by USC and LA Filmforum.




Site of the Week
The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Animation Festival International

Check out The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Animation Festival International! From December 3-7th, the 2nd Annual LAAF comes to Cinefamily! The festival features the US premiere of Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer’s feature Surviving Life (Theory and Practice), a screening and interview with Pixar’s Teddy Newton about his film “Day and Night”, two special programs from renowned writer/director/animator and festival honoree Will Vinton and a rare advance screening of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist. Be sure to check out all the the festival's features, panels, competition screenings, parties and awards!

For full schedule and more information click here.









Person of the Week
David Daniels

Daniels is a graphic designer and animation director represented by Tandem Films in London. He is also the director of TV commercials and recent work includes design and animation of screen projections for the Led Zeppelin concert at the o2 in London. In addition to commercial work, Daniel develops graphic books and films investigating the relationship between sound and image.

Daniels is featured in the Best Punto y Raya 2009. The PyR Festival's next stop is November 30 in Boston, MA.

For more information, visit the Punto y Raya Festival website.


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Elyse kolin
11.22.2010   

The iotaWeekly - November 22-28, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Sensology" (2010) by Michel Gagné

Watch "Sensology" (2010) by Michel Gagné! Gagné's animated abstract film visualizes an improvised musical session by two leaders of the avant-guarde jazz movement, Paul Plimley (piano) and Barry Guy (bass). According to Gagné, "Sensology was handdrawn (painted) with a Wacom tablet at first, and later, a Cintiq, using Adobe Photoshop. The drawings and frames were then composited and manipulated in a 2D software called Animo. There is no vector animation at any point in the film."

For more information about Michel Gagne and his work visit his website.




Site of the Week
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity
October 8, 2010- ongoing at the Getty Villa

Visit Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity! Molten Color is a Getty Villa Exhibition worth the trip to Malibu. Recently opened on October 8th, Molten Color is an ongoing exhibition that features over 180 ancient glass objects for the Erwin Oppenländer collection. The exhibit boasts a variety of glass making techniques including casting, core forming, mosaic, inflation, mold blowing, cameo carving, incising, and cutting. Complete with how-to video installments, the exhibit is interesting not only for its historical value, but also as a tutorial for the contemporary artist. The glass art designs range from the meticulous ornamentation to swirling abstractions.









Person of the Week
Sabrina Schmid

"Sabrina Schmid is animator/artist whose earlier independent animations produced in Australia have screened at several international film festivals (Ann Arbor, Hiroshima, Melbourne, Sydney, Stuttgart) and more recent work was shown at the AV Festival UK. Currently she lives in the UK teaching and practicing animation." -Punto y Raya festival

Schmid is featured in the Best Punto y Raya 2009. The PyR Festival's next stop is November 23 in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit the Punto y Raya Festival website.


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Derek haugen
11.19.2010   

The iotaCenter Salon: "Members Showcase" - Friday, December 10 at Vidiots Annex in Santa Monica, CA

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On Friday, December 10, our final iotaSalon for the year will take place at the Vidiots Annex in Santa Monica, CA. For this salon, we are screening works from MEMBERS of the iota community including iotaCenter and The Visual Music Village. Please join us for a very special evening celebrating these visionary artists. This event is completely FREE, however, reservations are recommended as seating is limited to 35! Please RSVP to info@iotacenter.org

For current line up and more information, please visit The iotaSalon: "Members Showcase" Page.

When: Friday December 10, 2010, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Vidiots Annex,302 Pico Blvd (between 3rd and 4th), Santa Monica, CA MAP AND DIRECTIONS
FREE; Seating is limited to 35! Please RSVP to info@iotacenter.org
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Elyse kolin
11.15.2010   

Rain, Ocean, River: Visual Songs for Contemplation by Patricia Morgan - Now available at iota's Library, Study Center and Store!

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"Visual Songs is a collection of short films shot in nature reserves, mountain areas and beaches in New Zealand and Australia." --Daniela Voss, Sydney, 2009

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

Purchase your copy at the iotaStore.

"Rain, Ocean, River:Visual Songs for Contemplation" (2008) by Patricia Morgan DVD, Color, 2005

Includes:
Rain Dancing: 2009
Blushmirror: 2009
Greenlight: 2009
Caress: 2009
Molten: 2009
Enfolding: 2009
Pool Gets Sun's Joke: 2009
Light Sings: 2009
Circlecaress: 2009
Light Ladder: 2009
River of Sky: 2009
Bubblesong: 2009
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Elyse kolin
11.15.2010   

Animations-Summer,'10 by Jodie Mack - Now available at iota's Library and Study Center!

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A collection of Jodie Mack's handmade collage films. With formal techniques and abstract animation structures, the six short films explore the tension between form and meaning, graphics and narrative.

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

Animations-Summer,'10 by Jodie Mack DVD, Color, 2010

Includes:
Posthaste Perennial Pattern: 2010
Rad Plaid: 2010
Unsubscribe #1 Special Offer Inside: 2010
Unsubscribe #2 All Eyes on the Silver Screen: 2010
Unsubscribe #3 Glitch Envy: 2010
Unsubscribe #4 The Saddest Song in the World: 2010
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Elyse kolin
11.15.2010   

The iotaWeekly - November 15-21, 2010

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Clip of the Week
“Spontaneous Fantasia Demo"

Watch the "Spontaneous Fantasia Demo"! The clip samples the live virtual reality performances of artist J-Walt. He utilizes interactive computer graphics systems to bring still-paintings to life. His performances vibrantly collage elements of interactive art, animation, dance, painting, sculpture, music, and theater.

J-Walt will be performing on November 21, at the Glendale Planetarium. For program details visit the LVP2010 website. For more information about J-Walt and his live virtual reality performances, visit his website.




Site of the Week
REDCAT.org

Visit REDCAT.org! REDCAT or Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater is located within the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The downtown center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, REDCAT was opened by CalArts in 2003. It introduces diverse audiences, artists, and students to important international art developments. REDCAT works to offer creative support and platforms for artists, as well as programing performances, film screenings, exhibitions and literary events.

Upcoming film events include Thom Andersen: Out of the Car and into the Music of the Streets. Taking place on Monday, November 22, the event features three works that transport you to Los Angeles, 2009 to Munich 1967/1968.









Persons of the Week
Single Wing Turquoise Bird

"The Single Wing Turquoise Bird was the most significant light show in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1975, a 'collective improvisation performance group' that used film, slide and liquid projections to marry the artistic possibilities of music, painting and moving images. SWTB first played behind bands such as The Velvet Underground, The Who and Cream, then conducted its own performances in a loft space above the Fox Venice Theater. During the past two years, SWTB has re-formed to rehearse, perform and record new work." -Los Angeles Filmforum

SWTB was featured at the Alternative Projections Symposium last Weekend. Michael Scroggins, a member of the collective, will be performing Sunday, November 21, at LVP 2010

For more information about SWTB and their work, please visit their website.



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