Part 2 of 2: This week [October 4 - 12, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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Part 2 of 2: This week [October 4 - 12, 2008] in avant garde cinema


Dundee, Scotland: Arika
all day, Dundee Contemporary Arts

  Kill Your Timid Notion A step across the border between sound and image
  A festival of experiment sound-film/ music-image Dundee Contemporary
  Arts 10-12 Oct 08 LOADS OF INFO AT: WWW.ARIKA.ORG.UK Your eyes see what,
  like 10 or 15 images a second; that's 10Hz. Your ears can hear 15,000
  Hz. Surely there must be something interesting in this incongruity. Now
  in it's 6th edition, KYTN is one of Europe's leading festivals of sound
  and image. It's all about exploring the many different ways we navigate
  the borders, disparities and similarities between what we hear and what
  we see. It involves some of the great experimental artists, musicians
  and filmmakers of our time, and some of the not too distant future also.
  It features some hard as nails experimental work, but it's an experience
  any right minded person should enjoy, be confounded by, have an opinion
  about at least. features: sine wave charcoal drawing, blindfolded
  listening, visual harmonics, optical sound, video-radio-guitar feedback,
  the Tay bridge, a sonic photograph of a Dalmatian fishing village, tiny
  rice paper flags, set theory... What's not to love? Experimental film/
  sound performances: Francisco Lopez Keith Rowe, Kjell Bjorgeengen &
  Philipp Wachsmann Benedict Drew & Sachiko M Malcolm Le Grice & Keith
  Rowe Luke Fowler & Lee Patterson Guy Sherwin L'Anticoncept (Gil Wolman)
  Raha Raissnia & Charles Curtis Declarative Mode (Paul Sharits) Aileen
  Campbell Seth Cluett installations: Felix Hess: it's in the air Paul
  Sharits: Epileptic Seizure Comparison Film Programmes: Bleu Shut:
  Saturday, 13:30, Cinema 1 Bleu Shut: Robert Nelson, 1970, USA Events
  Saturday, 14:15, Cinema 1 Dripping Water: Joyce Wieland, 1969, Canada
  Fill: David Askevold, 1970, USA Bags: Benedict Drew, 2007, UK Micro 1:
  Takehisa Kosugi, Japan Rubber Band: David Askevold, 1971, USA Balloons,
  Benedict Drew, 2008, UK My Wretched Heart is Still Aglow: Juneau
  Projects, 2004, UK Corne de Brume: Körner Union, 2007, Switzerland
  Zorn's Lemma Saturday, 15:30, Cinema 1 Zorn's Lemma: Hollis Frampton,
  1970, USA Sets Saturday, 17:00, Cinema 1 P (60 seconds): Christof
  Migone, 2006, Canada Twenty Five Sam Woodyards: Graham Dolphin, 2007, UK
  Surround (360 objects): Christof Migone, 2006, Canada A-B-C-D-E-F=1-36:
  Ryszard Wasko, 1974, Poland (nostalgia): Hollis Frampton, 1971, USA
  Mosaik Mécanique: Norbert Pfaffenbichler, 2007, Austria L'Anticoncept
  Saturday, 19:00, Gallery 2 L'Anticoncept: Gil Wolman, 1952, France The
  Last Clean Shirt Sunday, 13:30, Cinema 1 The Last Clean Shirt: Alfred
  Leslie & Frank O'Hara, 1964, USA Sonic Landscapes Sunday, 14:30, Cinema
  1 21/87: Arthur Lipsett, 1963, Canada Presque rien ou Le lever du jour
  au bord de la mer: Luc Ferrari, 1967-70, France 15/67 TV: Kurt Kren,
  1967, Austria Weekend: Walter Ruttman, 1930, Germany Dimanche: Edmond
  Bernhard, 1963, Belgium Feedback Sunday, 16:15 Cinema 1 Light Lick: Get
  it While you Can: Saul Levine, 2003, USA Lenseless: John Du Cane, 1971,
  UK Sympathetic Magic (stone): John Butcher, 2006, UK Available Light:
  Yellow – Red: Luis Recoder, 1999, USA Unstable Contact: Toshiya Tsunoda,
  2004, Japan Tails: Paul Sharits, 1976, USA Declarative Mode Sunday,
  19:00, Gallery 2 Declarative Mode: Paul Sharits, USA Talks, workshops,
  etc and so on... tickets: £10/ day, £25 for everything Buy them at: // +44 (0) 1382 909 900

San Antonio: UTSA New Media Program
7pm, UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Building (Aula Canaria Room)

  The oldest experimental film festival in the States is coming to San
  Antonio! Two different programs on two different nights... Beginning in
  July 2008 and continuing through January 2009, the Ann Arbor Film
  Festival will tour the globe visiting theaters, art house cinemas,
  museums, universities and microcinemas. The AAFF tour is a collection of
  the finest cutting-edge, independent and artistically-inspired short
  films from the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres:
  experimental, documentary, animation and narrative.

parnu, estonia: solus film collective
7pm, artist house, parnu

  ESTONIA: Friday October 10th, 19:00 Artist House Parnu Moira Tierney
  presents a programme of new films and videos by the Dublin-based SOLUS
  Collective: A sampling of SOLUS DVD #1 combined with a sneak preview of
  our next extravaganza (coming up at Anthology Film Archives in New York
  in November): Malian medicine men, suicidal lobsters, poetry as Gaeilge,
  Coupe-Decale, Stom Sogo's New York Diaries, American Dreams #4,
  abstracted Arabic meditations, sean-nos singers, Dublin's premier Afro
  Sports Metal combo, Belfast hip-hop, drowning houses ...
  For more information see: Screenings and workshop sponsored by the Irish
  Arts Council


Chicago, Illinois: White Light Cinema
8:00pm, The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

  White Light Cinema and The Nightingale are extremely excited to host
  Boulder, Colorado-based filmmaker Phil Solomon, who will be presenting a
  very special program about his collaborations and friendship with Stan
  Brakhage. In addition to films Solomon and Brakhage made together and a
  few solo-Brakhage films, Solomon will also be sharing some tantalizing
  rarities. ******* Solomon's program tonight is presented in the spirit
  of Brakhage's legendary salon screenings, where a small group would
  gather in an intimate space to share in a love for film and in honor of
  the city where Brakhage spent a large part of his life teaching - at the
  School of the Art Institute of Chicago. ******* The program will include
  (with other unannounced items): Seasons... (1998, 16 mins., 16mm) by
  Phil Solomon and Stan Brakhage; Concrescence (1996, 3 mins., 16mm) by
  Phil Solomon and Stan Brakhage; Rocket Boy vs Brakhage (1973-1988, 30
  mins., 16mm on digital video) by Phil Solomon; Chartres Series (1994, 9
  mins., 16mm) by Stan Brakhage; and Stellar (1993, 3 mins., 16mm) by Stan
  Brakhage. ***** Plus rare footage of Brakhage at work: Painting downtown
  (mini dv) and Editing Elementary Phrases with clips (mini dv). And even
  rarer footage and audio of Brakhage: Audio of Stan singing as boy
  soprano (disc); Audio of Brakhage at Binghamton, circa 1973 (mini dv);
  Video clip compilation from the Sunday salons (mini dv); and Home video
  excerpts (mini dv)

San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street

  Having moved from the East Bay to LA, our cinematic soul-mate Christian
  Divine was positioned to grasp Holllywood product as an object of
  serious Cultural Study. Divine deconstructed Preminger's Skidoo at his
  last OC outing; tonight's lecture-demo digs up the dead bodies around
  several infamous youth films, all made in 1970, which he has grouped
  under the rubric "Protest-ploitation": Ice, Zabriskie Point, The
  Revolutionary, Getting Straight, Revolutions Per Minute, The Strawberry
  Statement, and The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. His
  contextualization of this curious faux-political subgenre sheds light on
  the needs of the industry to appropriate the politics of the day.
  Christian's anecdotes and scintillating analysis is followed by a
  complete 16mm screening of David Greene's mind-blowing psychedelic
  melodrama, The People.

Taepei, Taiwan: Odds and Ends Screening Series
7:30 PM, Taepei, Taiwan

  Odds and Ends Volume 4 "United State of Mind" programmed by
  galleryHomeland film and video curator Karl Lind TRT: 34 mins. * many
  thanks go out to galleryHomeland Director Paul Middendorf for
  introducing Odds and Ends to the Urban Nomad Film Festival and vice
  versa! Please join us for a very special edition of the Odds and Ends
  screening series which will be presented by the Urban Nomad Film
  Festival on Oct 11th at the Taepei Biennial. In This edition we we
  present a tasty sampling of films and videos made by a smattering of
  artists hailing from the good old USA (except for one German citizen
  currently living in Texas: Katja Straub) who each present us with their
  own colorfully diverse vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of
  pursuing happiness. Program: 1. TO REMEMBER THAT OUR SKIES ARE THE SAME
  SKIES by Chris Larson 2 min 30 sec. 2008 Portland, OR. USA Synoposis: on
  distance. on environment. on here. on heat. on commonality. on heart. on
  there. Bio: Chris Lael Larson is an multi-disciplinary artist, musician
  and graphic designer who lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  website 2. Night Falls by John Bacone, 1 min.
  Portland, OR. USA 2006 Synopsis: a triumphant struggle against motor
  vehicles. Bio: John Bacone is a sculptor and filmmaker living in
  Portland, Oregon. 3. Brave New Girl by Holly Andres and Grace Carter 2.5
  min. Portland, OR. USA Synopsis: BRAVE NEW GIRL examines what it means
  to be female in our culture as defined by the media. With its saturated
  colors and super 8mm nostalgia, the film puts the heroine in a confined
  space and tempts her with artificial confections. What does it mean to
  consume an identity? What effects might it have on girls and women?
  These are some of the questions the viewer is left to ponder when this
  short whirlwind of consumption is over. Bio: Holly Andres approaches her
  art in a multidisciplinary manner, and works in film, photography,
  sculpture and installation. In collaboration with performer/filmmaker
  Grace Carter, Andres created the short films DANDELION, BRAVE NEW GIRL
  and their newest narrative, NORA. Their work has been featured in the NW
  Film + Video Festival, Best of the Northwest Touring Program, the
  Portland International Film Festival, the Portland Experimental Film
  Festival, the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum and the
  Perpetual Art Machine in New York. Andres teaches video production and
  foundation art classes at PSU and the Art Institute of Portland. website Bio: Grace Carter has been working in theatre arts
  and filmmaking for the past six years in Portland, OR. She Co-founded
  the critically acclaimed defunct theatre and collaborated as a producer,
  director and actor on several stage performances. Grace's films have
  been screened at several regional festivals including the 32nd annual
  Northwest Film and Video Festival, The PDX Fest and the Oregon Biennial
  at the Portland Art Museum. Grace has also worked as an actor on many
  film projects the most recent "Paranoid Park," a new feature by Gus Van
  Sant. website 4. Taco Day, music video for Mr.
  Len featuring Jean Grae directed by Chioke Nassor, 3min 45 sec. 2001 NY,
  NY USA. Bio: Chioke Nassor is a filmmaker, philanthropist and all around
  good guy. He recently completed an animated short film adaptation of the
  McSweeney's story "Things I realized in 2002" by Sarah Manguso. website 5. The White Bunny by Katja Straub, Germany 2006
  6.5 min. synopsis: Transformation in a train compartment. "The White
  Bunny" explores the conscious and sub-conscious longings of the human
  mind, told through the story of a woman, an injured boy, a small girl in
  a red dress, and a white bunny. A tale of four strangers as they travel
  together on a visual exploration of pain, love, memory, and the loss of
  innocence. The woman's trauma reveals itself through the haunting form
  of a German nursery rhyme and we follow her into her past. Bio: Katja
  Straub is an artist, writer, and filmmaker whose films have screened in
  numerous festivals around the world including the Images Festival in
  Toronto, the Viper Basel in Switzerland and the Museum of Modern Art in
  New York. Her short film "All White People Are French" received the
  Special Jury Award at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin in
  2005. website 6. Test Anthem by Michael Paulus 3 min
  30 sec. Portland, OR. USA Synopsis: 198 national anthems from the
  world's countries arranged in a vertical, symmetrical stack. Played for
  the duration with bell curve as defined parameter with demarcation line
  representing point of departure to the - unattainable? The longest –
  Uraguay's begins and ends the audio with a nice, loping intro. The
  shortest anthem from Qatar comes in a mere 36 seconds and is sandwiched
  directly in the middle with most others as most anthems come in at a
  minute or less. I was curious to see if at the apex, beyond the expected
  dissonant sounds on the sides of the curve, there might be almost a
  pure, white nose. Static. It comes close though. Based on government
  tests (atomic blasts, plane military test crashes) we are taken through
  a test – this time with themes closer to the human condition: want,
  desire, and spiritual transcendence if you will. The parameters are
  already set though. Could be construed as ultimately fatalistic and
  pessimistic. That's possible. Bio: Michael Paulus is an artist living in
  Portland Oregon. The marriage of science and art play prominently in his
  work, often times creating objects that are inherently misguided or
  dysfunctional in design. A parody of types on the sometimes absolute
  efficiency and logic that we come to expect from tools and technology.
  The figures in his moving image work are usually 'specimens' to be
  observed and usually find themselves in absurd situations they are ill
  adept to comprehend. In his static work often times there is an
  interchange between object and viewer. Sometimes testing the perceptions
  of the viewer and often times using an established medium or tool/design
  and tweaking it a bit to put it in a critical context Website: 7. Weathergirl 1 By Liz Haley Portland, OR.
  USA 2008 4 min. synopsis: weathergirl 1 explores relationships between
  patterns of organic energy, new scientific discoveries, human emotional
  experience and the weather. bio: liz haley is a conceptual artist using
  installation, photography, video and performance to investigate
  connection, trust, urban-rural, future-past, quantum physics and love.
  her work has been widely shown, including exhibits in new york, portland
  tba festival and the miami museum of contemporary art. website 8. Timor Mortis by Sare Rane, 4.5 min Portland, OR. USA
  Synopsis: A dance for sea and air inspired by and created for the song
  Timor Mortis by Rio En Medio. Bio: Sare Rane is originally from the high
  desert of northern New Mexico but now makes her home in Portland,
  Oregon. She began making videos three years ago with a desire to capture
  the unexpected poetry of the world we live in. She has degrees in
  Theater and Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. website 9. Phototrope by Randy Wakerlin 1
  min. 2007, Portland, OR. USA Synopsis: Multi-Cam Pixelation Bio: Randall
  Davis Wakerlin holds a BA in Film/Animation from Hampshire College, (MA)
  and an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the
  Arts, (CA). Wakerlin's film figure 1: Scar (detail) won Best Animation
  awards in both the Pacific Coast Film Festival (Del Mar, CA) and the
  Seattle Underground Film Festival (Seattle, WA) in 2000 and has been
  widely screened around the U.S. His most recent work In Good Spirits
  features live action documentary footage of the Hilltribe cultures of
  Northern Thailand with animated segments of Hilltribe textiles. Recent
  projects include various short animation pieces such as Twenty-Six, a
  documentation of one year of Mr. Wakerlin's life, and collaborations
  with Portland, OR composer Matt Marble and Emily Stone entitled Chroma
  where Wakerlin's animation was projected behind dancers in a performance
  based on the color orange at Gallery 500 (Portland, OR). He is currently
  collaborating with Los Angeles composer Nicholas Chase creating an
  interactive work for video and solo piano entitled Star Trenching. Mr.
  Wakerlin resides in Portland, Oregon where he is working with animators
  Chel White and David Daniels at Bent Image Lab and teaches animation at
  Pacific University. website 10. John Bacone "Support
  your library" 1 min. 2007 Portland, OR. USA synopsis: Borrowed Library
  video = fun 11. American Make-Over by Ron Gassaway (1min41sec) 2008
  Portland, OR. USA Evolving the advanced science of rose-colored glasses,
  American Make-Over aspires to provoke a playful public revolution with
  paint and plexiglass. Ron Mason Gassaway was born in Portland, Oregon in
  1969. He has worked for nearly 20 years as a commercial artist and is
  currently a returning student at Portland State University, furthering
  his skills as a fine artist through film making, installation work,
  performance and 2D art. 12. Gates of Steel Karaoke Music Video by Karl
  Lind 4 min 20 sec. 2008 Portland, OR. USA Synopsis: The Gates of Steel
  Karaoke Music Video allows viewers to become part of the action and sing
  along with a zany tail that illustrates the beginning of the end for all
  of mankind. Audience participation is highly encouraged! Bio: Karl Lind
  is a filmmaker and the curator of the Odds and Ends screening series, he
  currently lives in Portland, Oregon. His short films and videos have
  screened at various venues around the Earth, Including: Dallas Video
  Festival, PDX Film Festival, Other Cinema and Rotterdam International
  Film Festival. website

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pleasure Dome
 1–6pm , Pixel Gallery, 156 Augusta Ave

  Pleasure Dome's first gallery exhibition. Opening October 11, 1–6pm
  Laurel Nakadate & Michael Bell-Smith (in Person) Media Works: Monster
  Movie, Takeshi Murata, 2005, 4 min., single-channel video on monitor,
  looped playback with headphones Up and Away, Michael Bell-Smith, 2006, 7
  min., single-channel video projected, looped playback with sound The
  American Desert (for Chuck Jones), Mungo Thomson, 2002, 34 min.,
  single-channel video projected, looped playback with sound Untitled
  (Working Title Kids & Dogs), Nathalie Djurberg, 2007, 33 min.,
  two-channel video on LCD monitors, looped playback with headphones
  Journey to the Lower World, Marcus Coates, 2004, 30 min., single-channel
  video on monitor, looped playback with headphones Killing Friends,
  Julian Hoeber, 2001, 31 min. single-channel video on LCD monitor, looped
  playback with headphones accompanied with a set of Polaroid photographs
  Beg for Your Life, Laurel Nakadate, 2006, 13 min. single-channel video
  on LCD monitor, looped playback with headphones Where You'll Find Me,
  Laurel Nakadate, 2005, 4 min. single-channel video on LCD monitor,
  looped playback with headphones

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pleasure Dome
8 pm, Latvian House, 491 College St.

  Videos by Laurel Nakadate (in Person) Nakadate's video work is about
  adventure and risk. Part documentary, part make-believe, she meets
  strange men in their worlds and weaves complex, sexual narratives that
  straddle a thin line between tragedy and comedy. Programme: Oops 2000, 4
  min. video Happy Birthday 2000, 5 min. video Lessons 1 – 10 2001, 2 min.
  video Greater New York 2005, 5 min. video Stories 2005, 13 min. video
  Love Hotels 2004, 3 min. video Where You'll Find Me 2005, 4 min. video
  Beg For Your Life 2006: 13 min. video I Want to be the One Who Walks in
  the Sun 2006, 15 min. video Say You Love Me 2007, 3 min. video

parnu, estonia: solus film collective
11am, Non Grata School House, 16 Sur Posti

  Moira Tierney will conduct a workshop/talk on collective organization in
  the digital age: ORGANIZE DIGITAL, SCREEN ANALOG. This will deal with
  her experience as founder member of the SOLUS Collective, which is
  Dublin - based but has an international membership; much of the
  organizing is done online. Solus arose out of a common passion for
  Super-8mm and has grown to include work shot and/or screened on
  Super-8mm, 16mm, 35mm, analog and digital video and traditional and
  computer generated animation. Special emphasis will be placed on recent
  screening experiences in Marseille, where the DVDs for the screening
  disappeared in the French postal system ... and had to be uploaded in
  Dublin at full video resolution and downloaded in Marseille; the same
  screening featured a 20 minute silent black and white Super-8mm film by
  Stom Sogo, for which a projector had to be sourced in Marseille the week
  before the screening.


Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas

  Filmforum presents Holly Would If She Could: Artists' Responses to
  Hollywood as part of LA Freewaves. A show of new video work that
  revisits, deconstructs, and dances with films and locations from
  Hollywood's filmic history, including "I Yam What I Yam (Bryan
  Konefsky), "Boulevard" by Peter Horvath, and :Murder and UFOs" by Bryan
  Macdonald. General admission $10, students/seniors $6, free for
  Filmforum members. The Egyptian Theatre has a validation stamp for the
  Hollywood & Highland complex. Park 4 hours for $2 with validation.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7:30 pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

  Mark LaPore (1952–2005) was an uncanny observer, a profound wanderer and
  explorer. His work in film applied a fascinated observational patience,
  akin to that of Lumière and Warhol, to deeply explore the tangled
  relationships between ethnography and individual subjectivity while
  elaborating a complex philosophy of visual ethics. In anticipation of a
  larger screening series commemorating his work and relationships, we
  present The Sleepers,A Depression in the Bay of Bengal, The Five Bad
  Elements and The Glass System, four films—variously based on encounters
  and experiences in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Calcutta and New York—which reveal
  uncanny similarities between cultures as well as profound, possibly
  irreconcilable differences.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pleasure Dome
2pm, Pixel Gallery, 156 Augusta Ave.

  Join us for talks by two very different but equally exciting young
  American artists with work in the A Lower World show at Pixel Gallery,
  Michael Bell-Smith (Up and Away) and Laurel Nakadate (Beg for Your Life
  & Where You'll Find Me).

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pleasure Dome
8pm, Latvian House, 491 College St.

  Canadian Premiere of I-Be Area. With whip-smart wit and a candy-coloured
  whirlwind of camp theatrics, cyber-slang and dumpster drag, Trecartin
  captures the manic energy of a generation of brains fried by computers
  and the internet, running on the fumes of their own verbal diarrhea.
  Fusing queer performance hysterics with hallucinatory, rapid-fire
  digital manipulation of every surface and sound, Trecartin creates a
  cracked parallel universe only slightly more surreal and fast-paced than
  the one we inhabit now.

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