Re: [Frameworks] Views From the Avant-Garde 2010

From: gregg biermann (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Oct 15 2010 - 05:46:48 PDT

  Hi Jeanne,
Of course that is true of me as well ... but doesn't that make my
suggestion reasonable?

On 10/14/2010 3:42 PM, jeanne LIOTTA wrote:
> I've never been in a show in my life that didn't represent the views
> of the curators.
> Jeanne 'just sayin' Liotta
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM, gregg biermann
> <email suppressed>> wrote:
> Ben -- Frameworkers,
> I cannot give you a review of the screenings but only my general
> feelings about the many years of screenings that I had attended in
> the past. My beef with the programming is that the Views
> represents only the views of Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith. The
> screenings have a gravitational pull in this community perhaps in
> large part to their institutional affiliation with Lincoln Center.
> Whatever the reason, the programmers do not seem to take seriously
> what I see as a special responsibility to present the breadth and
> depth of what is really being produced out there in this mode. If
> these screenings have become the central venue for avant-garde
> cinema, the programming cannot be arbitrary. It needs to get
> beyond the peculiar tastes of the programmers (even keeping in
> mind Mark's long time commitment to programming in the avant-garde
> idiom). As an artist that was repeatedly ignored by the
> programmers and eventually stopped attending the screenings
> altogether, I felt compelled to contact Smith directly about a
> year ago. Of course I complained about being undervalued but more
> importantly to this group, I told him that I thought that these
> screenings had become uptight and insular -- an insider game. I
> suggested to Gavin that the best way to avoid that perception
> among artists that are productive and committed to avant-garde
> cinema and repeatedly not included in the screenings would be to
> have a different guest programmer join them each year. I had hoped
> that he would take my criticism as constructive but he rejected
> the idea out of hand and certainly did not allow that I in any way
> had a valid point. As far as expanding the list of programmers and
> getting another view as to what is valuable in a given year -- I
> doubt that this will happen unless this community demands it.
> Best regards,
> Gregg
> On 10/13/2010 12:40 PM, ben russell wrote:
>> Frameworkers,
>> Until those long-awaited words of review-and-criticism about
>> VIEWS make their way beyond social networking sites, here are
>> some images by yours truly of the film/video weekend in question
>> (with special appearances by Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith as
>> Francis Bacon paintings and the silhouette of Vincent Grenier's
>> hair):
>> Enjoy,
>> BR
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