Re: The Politics of the Bootleg--Bruce Conner

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 15 2008 - 12:00:53 PDT

I'm having a busy day but just wanted to drop by and mention that Lux has been having occasional online showings of films as well as having clips of lots of things. Nice quality and intresting films too!

Worth checking out! :)



--- On Sun, 6/15/08, Jonathan Walley <email suppressed> wrote:

> From: Jonathan Walley <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: The Politics of the Bootleg--Bruce Conner
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 7:14 PM
> Thank you, Dominic, for a very sensible post. Especially:
> > In today's world there must be a solution for the
> > situation we find ourselves in as filmmakers, viewers,
> > curators, teachers, researchers, etc. A way to have hi
> > res copies (or clips) of the avant garde cinema be
> > presented on line without ripping off the artist and
> > doing a major disservice to the community by
> > exhibiting unauthorized or unapproved material.....and
> > at the same time respecting those artists that do not
> > want their work publicly presented in any digital
> > format.....
> I think some of those who have taken a "pro-Ubu"
> stance (for lack of a
> better term) have equated criticism of Ubuweb with
> criticism of the
> very idea of making experimental films available online. It
> is the poor
> quality of the images, and Ubu's self-serving "by
> any means necessary"
> rhetoric, to which people on this list have tended to
> object, not the
> very concept of online access itself.
> I'd love to see a filmmaker-driven, coop-driven, etc.
> effort to
> increase public access to these films, posting them in high
> quality,
> placing them in a context that helps viewers understand
> them better,
> and respecting the wishes of those filmmakers who are wary
> of digital
> (not to go off on too long a tangent here, but this
> wariness of the
> digital strikes me as one of the most important features of
> certain
> experimental filmmaking practices today). But doing this
> the right way
> will take time and great care, whereas Ubu got the
> bandwidth, had the
> bootlegs, and ran with it - I think without considering, or
> caring
> about, the possible consequences of their actions.
> I'm glad to see the Hall of Shame down. I just hope Ubu
> isn't just
> reconfiguring it to include all Frameworkers who voiced
> their
> criticisms of it!
> Best,
> Jonathan
> Jonathan Walley
> Assistant Professor, Cinema Department
> Denison University
> Granville, Ohio 43023
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