Re: looking for good intro text - re Art Cinema & Belson resources

From: Tony Conrad (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Dec 07 2009 - 20:09:57 PST

Thanks Cindy----------

...for showing that careful academic reading and research have demonstrable value.


On Mon 12/07/09 8:30 PM , C Keefer email suppressed sent:
> We've seen a copy of Art Cinema and are disappointed about its errors and
> inaccuracies.
> Example, all 3 sections which mention Jordan Belson contain errors. Belson
> was not, of course, a pioneer in liquids and overhead projectors, nor did
> he use these at The Vortex Concerts in 1957-1959.
> His optical bench was not similar to John Whitney, Sr.'s, nor the machine
> described in Art Cinema (as confirmed by Belson). Credits for his film
> Epilogue (2005) are incorrect here; Belson was not the producer or editor,
> he is the Director. The Editor was David Lebrun, Producer was Cindy
> Keefer.
> That's just a few...perhaps we should put at least the Belson corrections
> online on CVM's Belson Research pages. www.
> Re the Belson and Vortex topic, a very short essay derived from my current
> research has been published in Leonardo Electronic Alamanac. See second
> half, re Vortex Concerts.
> Keefer, Cindy. 'Raumlichtmusik' - Early 20th Century Abstract Cinema
> Immersive Environments. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Creative Data Special
> Issue. Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and
> Technology, and MIT Press. October 2009. PDF.
> best regards,
> Cindy Keefer
> Center for Visual Music
> www.centerfor
> >---- Original message ----
> >>Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 16:35:17
> -0500>>From: Experimental Film Discussion List
> email suppressed> (on behalf of Tony Conrad FALO.EDU>)>>Subject: Re: looking for good intro text
> >>To: F
> email suppressed>>
> >>Hi Bernie--------
> >>
> >>You will probably not like this
> message.>>
> >>But yesterday I received my copy of a new
> Taschen book, Art Cinema>>(9783822835944), that takes a swipe at the
> huge project of connecting cinema, in>>its origins and full sweep as art, with the
> contemporary art media. In it you>>will find Bresson, Pipilotti Rist, Aernout
> Mik, Len Lye, Muehl, Sharits, Arrabal,>>Tracey Moffatt, Dreyer, Greenaway, etc.
> (but no community-based video at>>all). Of course this book is a failure, but
> it connects viscerally with things>>students are interested in (sex, surrealism,
> movies), and is loaded with pix and>>lite on text. In fact, I will consider it as
> a textbook for certain of my own>>classes.
> >>
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