Re: Bruce Conner

From: Joan Hawkins (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 14 2008 - 13:04:39 PDT


I've been re-reading the messages about Bruce Conner
and just wanted to thank Dominic and Mark especially for
their discussion of his work- and also thanks to Chuck et. al
for the links.

He will indeed be sorely missed. Here at IU, the production instructor
tells me that she always knows when I come to Conner's work in my
film theory classes, because students start raiding the editing room
trash
bins for usable footage.

RIP

Joan

Joan Hawkins
Associate Professor
Indiana University
Department of Communication and Culture
800 E Third St
Bloomington, IN 47405-9700

office phone (812)855-1548
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On Jul 12, 2008, at 2:26 PM, DOMINIC ANGERAME wrote:

> What can one say about the film work of Bruce Conner.
> Brucesí films are pivotal and represent a
> revolutionary change in style amongst the films of
> avant garde and experimental filmmakers around the
> world. The art of found footage filmmaking was
> capulted into a new world with films such A MOVIE made
> in 1952 by Bruce Conner. Bruce was not the first
> filmmaker to incorporate found footage into his films.
> Many had done this before him such at Joseph Cornell
> in his mater work ROSE HOBART, and even the
> surrealists of the 1920ís utilized found footage as
> seen in Rene Claireís ENTRACTE. However Bruce in the
> first experimental filmmaker to fully explore and
> investigate the depths of found footage filmmaking.
>
> As seen in COSMIC RAY Conner uses found footage to
> touch on themes, of war, sexuality, political parody,
> social injustice attempts to discover the soul of
> human kind. The used of his impacting imagery makes us
> aware of the value of each and every frame as if time
> has an urgency. Bruceís films are not intended to loll
> us to sleep although there are moments of peace, like
> in A MOVIE or CROSSROADS. However these moments
> quickly vanish when we discover in CROSSROADS that the
> beautifully shaped clouds we are looking at are
> actually radioactive from the atomic weapon which was
> just detonated.
>
> Virtually every experimental/avant garde filmmaker has
> been influenced by the films of Bruce Conner. Whether
> it be Craig Baldwin, Jay Rosenblatt, Martin Arnold,
> Abigail Child, Stan Brakhage, Peter Hutton, or myself.
> We are all dazzled and amazed and affected by not only
> the strong striking imagery, however, the rhythms of
> the music, editing that is timed one step of our
> ability to see, the use of lighting, the filmís
> rawness and the recurring themes.
>
> Bruce Connerís work in cinema rightly deserves the
> recognition received and the truly historic place that
> they have garnished in the history of
> experimental/avant garde cinema.
>
> An attempt to describe the impact of Bruce Connersí
> films on the millions of people who have experienced
> and viewed them during the past 56 year would almost
> be impossible. A complete listing of partial and one
> man showings by Bruce Conner would be at least 200
> pages long, not to mention the thousands of screenings
> of his films at Museums, Galleries, small film
> showcases, and classrooms throughout the world.
>
> This is hardly a filmmaker in the world, including
> those that produce commercial narrative films, that is
> not familiar with name and work of Bruce Conner.
>
> Bruce Connerís work in cinema rightly deserves the
> recognition received and the truly historic place that
> they have garnished in the history of
> experimental/avant garde filmmaking. These films will
> live on in their spirit and will continue to influence
> the world that is and that which is let to come.
>
> We who him will greatly miss him
>
> Dominc Angerame 2008
> --- Jeff Kreines <email suppressed> wrote:
>
>> We need to find some old "I AM BRUCE CONNER" buttons
>> to wear.
>>
>> I projected Brakhage's class at SAIC when he taught
>> Conner, and
>> walked by a couple of Conner's sculptures every day
>> (as well as a
>> great painting of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and a George
>> Segal sculpture
>> that were hidden near the secret staircase I used to
>> get back to the
>> school. He told the story of Conner, Castelli, and
>> the buttons...
>>
>> Is that DVD still available from the gallery in LA?
>> Anyone?
>>
>> Jeff "a sad fan" Kreines
>>
>>
>>
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