Crossroads: A Tribute to Bruce Conner at Light Industry (October 14)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Sep 17 2008 - 16:47:06 PDT

Light Industry

Crossroads: A Tribute to Bruce Conner

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York

The passing of Bruce Conner in July of this year allowed for reflection on
his influence, which proves substantial and pervasive as we continue through
the first years of the 21st century. In the expansion of American
experimental filmmaking in the 1950s and 60s, Conner pushed the emerging
practice of re-editing found footage to new heights of wit and profundity
with films like A Movie (1958), Cosmic Ray (1962) and Report (1967),
continuing his mastery of the idiom in subsequent years with works such as
Crossroads (1976), which will undoubtedly stand as one of the definitive
artistic statements of the nuclear age. Alongside Kenneth Anger and Andy
Warhol, Conner also served as one of the major innovators in conjoining art
and pop music, making Breakaway (1966) with then-girl-group singer Toni
Basil, and collaborating with Devo, David Byrne and Brian Eno. Today,
Connerıs accomplishments reverberate throughout contemporary creative
culture, from the popular practice of internet mash-ups to the predominance
of found-footage re-use in todayıs 16mm filmmaking, assemblage and collage
in gallery spaces, and media remixing in the electronic arts.
To honor his legacy, Light Industry invited an intergenerational roster of
25 artists from multiple disciplines to create and present works inspired by
and in tribute of Conner.

Participating artists: Peggy Ahwesh, Animal Charm, Craig Baldwin, Stephanie
Barber, Dara Birnbaum, Roger Beebe, John Michael Boling, Bryan Boyce, Martha
Colburn, Bradley Eros, Kevin Everson, Ernie Gehr, Michael Gitlin and
Jacqueline Goss, Ken Jacobs, Kent Lambert, Oliver Laric, Jeanne Liotta,
Eileen Maxson, Jenny Perlin, Luther Price, Michael Robinson, Keith Sanborn,
Sylvia Schedelbauer, Deborah Stratman, Aaron Valdez

Tickets - $6, available at door. Part of the evening's proceeds will go to
benefit Anthology Film Archives's preservation of Bruce Conner's films.

About Light Industry
Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has
begun as a series of weekly events at Industry City in Sunset Park, each
organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light
Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art
spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other
intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

About Industry City

Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a
cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a
regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square
feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now
includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at
competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of
rent-stabilized studios for artists in need of low-cost rental space. This
program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for
artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents
or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production.

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