The Transcendent Show - Screening Introduced & Curated by Ben Russell

From: Kate . (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 05 2009 - 22:29:46 PST

Hey Frameworkers,

Thought you all might be interested in this screening in the Cleveland area:


Screening curated & introduced by Ben Russell
With works by: Nathaniel Dorsky, Will Hindle, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Ronald Nameth, Jean Rouch, and Paul Sharits.

More info about the program at

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 8pm
West Lecture Hall
Oberlin College Science Center

119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

Ohio - Please join Pioneer Species and Viewing Positions: Contemporary
Cinema in Context in welcoming Chicago-based filmmaker and curator Ben
Russell to Oberlin for a screening of his mind-expanding program, The
Transcendent Show.

But first, close your eyes, picture a soft place, and repeat after me: CINEMMMMMMMMMMMMA. And again: CINEMMMMMMMMMMMMA.

the lights behind your eyelids form patterns, let the stars,
crucifixes, spirographs, fractals, pentagrams, and mandalas dissolve
into you and each other and into the darkness that makes up 40% of your
moviegoing life. Reach your hand out past the void that is and was
yourself and join your aura with that always-flickering light you've
come to know as Magic Lantern. Cast off your mortal coil, watch the sun
bless the ocean with your third eye, and let the trance foam drip from
your un-mouth as you're spirited away into a world of light and sound
at a varying frame rate of 18, 24, and 29.97 frames per second. A world
where Angela Lansbury is your host, where seizures sing out against
war, where the Velvet Underground rocks in triplicate, where ethereal
landscapes melt, where West African laborers channel colonial powers,
where Manson dopplegangers are desert wanderers, and where the Glory of
Light as Nature is At Long Last Revealed. If you think you're ready,
then you are - open your eyes and repeat after me: CINEMMMMMMMMMMMMA…

Ben Russell is an itinerant photographer,
curator, and experimental film/videomaker whose works have screened in
spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century
East Indian Trading Company buildings, police station basements to
outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts,
and the Sundance Film Festival to the Museum of Modern Art (solo). He
has made films about the assassination of Easter Island, the divining
powers of Richard Pryor, and the end of the world. A Guggenheim
Fellowship recipient in 2008, he began The Magic Lantern screening
series in Providence, Rhode Island and currently resides in Chicago.

Pioneer Species is a micro-cinema
screening alternative, independent, and experimental media every
Wednesday night at various locations in Oberlin, Ohio.  Often, visiting
artists and curators will be present to introduce their programs.  The
micro-cinema is managed by students of the Oberlin College CINE 323:
Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts course.

Positions: Contemporary Cinema in Context is a series of screenings and
discussions that explore a variety of approaches to film and media
practice today.  Presented by the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin
College, with support from the Blanchard Fund.  All events are free and
open to the public.  Organized in collaboration with Pioneer Species.

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Kate Ewald
Pioneer Species member

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