Visual Music series in progress, Brisbane, Australia

From: C Keefer (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Apr 20 2008 - 22:40:38 PDT

The Australian Cinematheque at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern
Art in Brisbane is presenting an extensive screening series of Visual Music. This series (mostly on film) began in late March with Disney's Silly Symphonies programs, and continues through June 1, 2008.

Programs include: Oskar Fischinger, Jordan Belson, Norman McLaren (several programs beginning April 23), Len Lye, Mary Ellen Bute, Baerbel Neubauer, early pioneers, Stan Brakhage and more, plus the premiere of a new CVM traveling program, Rare Classics: Essential Visual Music. A program of new visual music work curated by Joost Rekveld - Soundfields from the Netherlands - screens June 1.

Center for Visual Music provides a number of programs for this series:

May 2 - Mary Ellen Bute (presented in association with Cecile Starr and Women's Independent Film Exchange)
May 3 - Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane
May 4 - Rare Classics (new program of rare and preserved films from CVM)
May 25 - Oskar Fischinger: Optical Poetry
May 31 - Time and Tides: Music Paintings by Baerbel Neubauer

Program details:

From the GoMA site:
The cinematic genre of Visual Music draws on elements of form, colour and rhythm in music and images to create visual symphonies. Working with abstraction and figuration, gesture, pitch, beat and palette, filmmakers have explored the dynamism of sight and sound synaesthesia — hearing colour and line, seeing rhythm and tone — through innovative techniques and aesthetics. The Australian Cinémathèque’s Visual Music program includes an extraordinary range of approaches to this genre, from the Silly Symphonies, early Walt Disney musical animations, to retrospective programs of visual music pioneers, selections of rarely screened classics and contemporary works. This enduring and influential field of filmmaking counts among its leading practitioners such unique voices as Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Stan Brakhage, James and John Whitney, Jordan Belson, Bärbel Neubauer and Mary Ellen Bute. The Silly Symphonies program is the most extensive to da!
 te internationally of these often hilarious and irresistibly charming visual choreographies. It showcases the technical and aesthetic innovations of Disney’s musical animations. Highlights include the in-depth retrospectives of work in this genre by Stan Brakhage and Norman McLaren.

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music
CVMaccess (at)

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