Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Today we were pretty excited by the beautiful fake New York Times edition produced and distributed for free by international pranksters The Yes Men a few days ago. And here's what the New York Times had to say about it.
Anyway I couldn't have said it better myself, so in the interest of free time for free people I will just post a link below to our 'kindred spirit' bloggers at SIX-BY-ONE who often dip into the same MEDIA honeypot--they have a few culture-jamming embedded videos worth watching over there so check 'em out, and thanks guys!
ps. the icing on the cake
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Here's the article The Ecstasy of Influence: a plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem that was published in Harpers magazine last year, which starts with this quote by English poet John Donne (1600's) from Meditation XVll
All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Lets start with Kevin:
Friday, October 24, 2008
This week we studied the amazing amusing films of American artist Joseph Cornell, locating them at the intersection of his deep involvement with collage and his love for the cinema. "ROSE HOBART" (1936)is his infamous 16mm film-collage portrait of the actress Rose Hobart made from the 1931 jungle drama "East of Borneo" in which theartist esssentially excises from the film all that is not the object of his devotion. Perhaps in a similar tradition (albeit with a decidely dissimilar economy) the new video-portrait "ZIDANE" by artists Douglas Gordon and Philip Parreno opened today at New York City's Anthology Film Archives...
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
*scratching, spray painting, chemicals, magazine transfers, rub-on letters, hole-punching, and even photograms!! (also see posts under 'March' for similar examples...)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Doctor's Dream
THE DOCTOR'S DREAM, not the title of the found film as originally made for television... the editing device was to count the number of shots and start the film off with numerically middle shot and then, after that, the shot that had preceded it, and the shot that had followed it, and keep fanning further and further out until you saw the first shot of the film followed by the last shot, which was of the painting the movie is based on... It's called 'The Doctor;' it's in the Tate Gallery in London... and it has an interesting subliminal image appropriate to my discovery, via this reconstruction, of the real story of the film. A powerful sexual event was hidden within its banality. Maybe without intention, but it's what was gripping in the movie, if ever the movie was gripping. And now in the painting, seen from a little distance, the doctor contemplates the sleeping girl with, you don't have to agree with me, his curled fist doubling as a penis entering his mouth (I'm sad to find myself so constrained in my speech)... Maybe this is the traditional method of smuggling forbidden information, hot stuff, through customs from unadmitting mind to unadmitting mind. --K. J.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Our first excursions into the world of collage included our magazine transfer film made in class from bits and pieces of the NYTimes and various film magazines, posted below.
...meanwhile LOOK up at this lovely
OK, 2 film experiments with magazine transfers below, the one on the right has the compound interest of hair in the gate ;)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
In response to our discussion on found footage...
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World) [a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars]
From the Wikipedia entry...
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World) is a Turkish-made cult film commonly known as Turkish Star Wars because of its notorious bootlegging of Star Wars clips worked into the film.I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but I think the first twenty minutes may have an interesting relievance to the topic of collage, montage, and found footage...
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam was released in 1982 in the midst of massive political upheaval. As a result, American-made films weren't easily acquired and were often remade with a Turkish cast and setting. The four most notable films to be so bootlegged are Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist and E.T., all of which have Turkish variations.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Fear of Blushing by Jenn Reeves,
Chartres Series by Stan Brakhage, and
What the Water Said by David Gatten,
we projected our own hand painted films .
Here's Sarah's colorful world:
and JayTee's cthonic BLUE HEAT (which looks blue on the filmstrip but doesn't look blue at all when projected--or you might hold a blue gel over your eyes to watch it?):
while Matthew discusses his process (& i love red) :
For more colorful information and resources check out the excellent Center for Visual Music's Online Library
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Following up on Scratch my Emulsion : this Tuesday we were treated to an in-class film performance by Brian (seen at left) --OK so he did scratch his name in upside-down, *erp*, but he quickly redeemed himself by doing some risky live augmentation to his loop, using a razor blade to carve into the moving strip which also resulted in some interesting new optical sounds-- creating the experience right before our eyes , and ears! In the clip below we see the room installation and film detail:
BTW, speaking of direct sound, here's an interesting example of optical soundtrack made by the image, in this cameraless film TBTX by filmmaker Roger Beebe , and his explanation here...
Stay tuned for new posts about paint and color---one place to look for inspiration is the great "RECIPES FOR DISASTER: a handmade film cookbooklet" an independently published collective project brainchild of and edited by the late filmmaker Helen Hill, rip.
Monday, September 15, 2008
for one example check out KC 's peace out signature:
I'll post more examples soon...
...meanwhile we were talking in class about Anthony McCall's 1973 Line Describing a Cone which has recieved alot of renewed interest lately, and can be counted as a major influence in 21st century film intallations--for an extremely imperfect example see here
Thursday, September 11, 2008
EArly Abstractions part one
EArly Abstractionspart two
EArly Abstractionspart three
for more information on Harry Smith:
The HARRY SMITH ARCHIVES
SENSES OF CINEMA ARTICLE
Next we screened a series of films by Harry Smith. These consisted of animated geometric design and collage, depending on the film. Because all of the films have a Beatles song as it's soundtrack, all of them had the same feel for me. It seems as if he used a variety of techniques, from handpainting to live action shapes moving, to computer assisted image generation. Very entertaining, but little higher meaning or substance. Im sure all of these were very time consuming to complete.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I could not grasp In the Wake at all. Everything was fairly fleeting, especially the words that would appear for either side of the frame or from no where. James Joyce's words seemed to hit the film with less integrity that if it were on paper. His language may be fleeting, but the film is too dependent on just copying the style.
Abrasions, again, was cool, though it very much embodies the title and I really don't like the anticipation of when the next bulleted sounds and white smodge would appear. It's like watching a horror movie for the second time--you know it's coming, and for some reason that just makes it worse.
I am not so sure what I feel about In The Wake....I was equally torn between a funeral wake, and imagining myself water skiing. The words were very well formatted. They hardly jumped around at all. By the use of the peaceful words of James Joyce, I'm think this is intended, but the effect was to lull me a bit into sleepiness. I guess I just wish he'd done something more.
Early Abstractions is a delightful experience for the eyes. However I thought the pop music took away from that experience. I believe that the soundtrack worked at certain points, however for the most part the music severely took away from the wonderful images. What is the significance of using traditional pop love songs? "Til There Was You," "Take a Chance With Me" and so on.. Very similar to Anger's Scorpio Rising and Rabbit's Moon, where old pop tunes make up the soundtrack. Toward the end of Early Abstractions, some strange themes are presented: snakes, eyeballs, skeletons and then a baby doll- to the song "Til There Was You." Bizarre.
The soundtrack to Abrasions creates tension and discomfort. Altogether, picture with image produces a sci-fi type of feel for me. There is something non-human about this film, sort of like "creating the monster" type of feeling, as if we are looking in on a scientist, whether that be Joel or perhaps Joel is the "monster."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
WEEK ONE: THAUMATROPES &PHENAKISTASCOPES
(pictured at left is Anne's magical dragon phenakistoscope)
Greetings from Boulder Colorado, it's a brand new semester and this is the very first post!
All the filmmakers are getting down and dirty with their investigation and construction of various pre-cinematic devices . Stay tuned for lots more film projects and posts from this talented crew.
Here's a start:
Matthew 's color-blending thaumotrope:
Sam's thinking about bears:
& Kevin's thinking about psychedelic birds, but in phenakistoscope format (apologies for my poor shooting here--I'll do better next time):
oh! for more inspiration (and better phenakistoscope movies) see this page by Kevin T Allen
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here is Rose's work, she has 2 three-image edits in a row.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Anne's MANGA SQUARES :
and JEDs' VISUAL MUSIC #1:
stay tuned for next week's first contact with found footage...
Friday, February 15, 2008
One place to look for inspiration is the great "RECIPES FOR DISASTER: a handmade cookbooklet" independently published collective project edited by filmmaker Helen Hill.
Plus a big inspiration for this class blog is the sixbyone blog out of Wilmington North Carolina, props to NC, thanks guys! We did the magazine transfer project too, yes in the last fifteen minutes of class we made a little collective film from scratch, so fun!!
Check it out:
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Oh and this is the link to the Visual Music website http://homepage.eircom.net/~musima/visualmusic/visualmusic.htm
Look at Shanna's handmade film credits:
Monday, February 4, 2008
So far we have been really inspired by:
ERnie Gehr's Panorama's of the Moving Image installation at MOMA
Zoe Beloff's Philosophical Toy World website
and a webpage by Kevin T Allen of a Recycled Images Phenakistoscope workshop
Ok everybody, are you ready for a really BIG thaumotrope?