From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 03 2008 - 12:44:18 PDT
Center for Visual Music announces upcoming screenings of the Oskar
Fischinger Retrospective: Optical Poetry
April 11 - 13, Presented at Southwest Film Center, University of New
Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. One screening each day. Showtimes: Friday
6pm, Saturday 6pm, Sunday 3pm. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3
students, $4 faculty/staff.
May 25, Australian Cinematheque, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of
Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
Program features 35mm prints of Fischinger's classic Visual Music films,
including Allegretto (2 versions), Composition in Blue, Motion
Painting No. 1, Study No. 6, Study No. 7, Muratti Greift Ein, Radio
Dynamics, Kreise, American March, Spirals, Spiritual Constructions,
Walking from Munich to Berlin and many more. Features prints preserved
by Academy Film Archive, Center for Visual Music and Fischinger
Archive, with the generous support of Film Foundation, Sony, and
Cinémathèque québécoise. CVM presents this program in association with
The Fischinger Archive.
Decades before computer graphics, before music videos, even before
"Fantasia" (the 1940 version), there were the abstract animated films
of Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), master of "absolute" or nonobjective
filmmaking. He was cinema's Kandinsky, an animator who, beginning in the
1920's in Germany, created exquisite "visual music" using geometric
patterns and shapes choreographed tightly to classical music and jazz.
--John Canemaker, New York Times
Masterworks of pure non-figurative, cinematic expression. - Variety
Oskar Fischinger is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century,
embracing the abstraction that became the major art movement of that
century, and exploring the new technology of the cinema to open abstract
painting into a new Visual Music that performs in liquid time.
For more about Oskar Fischinger:
Fischinger Research Pages: www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger
Fischinger Archive: www.oskarfischinger.org
Articles by William Moritz and others about Fischinger can also be
found at the CVM online library:
The Australia show is part of a large Visual Music series in April-May
in Brisbane. More information on this series will be available soon.
Center for Visual Music
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