LIST OF WORKS:
Ben Rivers – Origin of the Species
Stan Brackage – I…Dreaming
Paolo Gioli – Filmarylin
Robert Todd – Stable
Naren Wilks – Bridge Study
Kelly Spivey – Make Them Jump
Seth Fragomen – Seance
David Baker – AB OVO
Jay Hudson – S21
Marie Losier – Snowbeard
Seoungho Cho – WS. 2, WS. 3
Sean Berman – Screen
Gregory Vanderveer – Albert Maysles for Index Magazine
Lorenzo Gattorna – Boys and Girl
Peter Buntaine – Bushwick/Heavy Woods
Origin of the Species
Ben Rivers, UK, 16mm, color, sound, 2008, 16m
“A film begun as a portrait of S, a 75-year-old man living in a remote part of Inverness-shire. S has been obsessed with Darwin’s works for much of his life. Since a child he has wondered at life on Earth and, though he never became an academic, found in Darwin many answers to his questions. The film images concentrate on the mysterious geography of his world; his garden—from the microcosmic to the grand; the contraptions and inventions he’s made; his isolated patch of land where he has built his house after a life of traveling and working around the world. The soundtrack has S heard discussing his take on life on Earth and humans place upon it. The film attempts to span from the beginnings of the world up to an uncertain future.” – Ben Rivers
Stan Brackage, USA, 16mm, color, sound, 1988, 6m
“I… Dreaming occupies an atypical position within the work of Stan Brakhage. Out of nearly 400 films made between 1952 and 2003, I… Dreaming is one of around only 30 which have a soundtrack, the rest being silent. It consists of home-movie footage (Brakhage picking his toenails, his grandchildren playing), accompanied by a soundtrack compiled by Joel Haertling of Stephen Foster songs. Typically, Brakhage’s films eschew classical Hollywood style, avoiding traditional depth perspective through a variety of techniques. However, in I… Dreaming most shots are composed in depth, and the spectator is even able to construct a three-dimensional space from the differing angles on the family house shown.” – Malcom Cook
Paolo Gioli, Italy, 16mm, b/w, silent, 1992, 10m
“Marilyn Monroe, the most photographed woman in the world, machine-gunned with pictures, bombarded to the bone, to the marrow, under the nails, to the blood. Infinite suffering of a whole life captured in one image, captured by one image. Marilyn died because she had been photographed too much, she died irradiated. Nailed to the pickaxe of the dark room, Marilyn’s life is a Passion, she’s Christ resurrected into a woman.” – Paolo Gioli
Robert Todd, USA, 16mm, color, sound, 2003, 7m
“Portrait of a New England farm: back and there again.The family-run farm is a staple of romantic Americana. Industrialization’s reformation of our material and ideological makeup brought with it an idealized notion of the Farm as a point of origin and innocence, and in so doing created a cultural rift between agriculturists and bourgeois.This film brings the aesthetics of that romanticism to a rather complicated crossroad, creating, through the maker’s necessarily bourgeois eye and means, an ersatz cycle of life that resists simplicity.” – Robert Todd
Bridge Study (2718 Crossings)
Naren Wilks, UK, S8mm, b/w, sound, 2009, 3m
“This film is a study of the structural symmetry of a pedestrian bridge, made by crossing it 2718 times. For each crossing, a single frame of super-8 was shot. The film takes the viewer on an impossible dual journey across the bridge, and attempts to serve as a testament to the architectural wonder of it and other bridges like it by revealing its perfect symmetry. The film also acts as a document of a performance that took place on the bridge: a man (me) with a super-8 camera walking back and forth across it constantly for 1 month.” – Naren Wilks
Make them Jump
Kelly Spivey, USA, 16mm, color, sound, 2009, 11m
“Optically printed from found footage of animals with children, with subliminal messages… an experimental film that uses snippets from discarded educational films including a bullfrog-jumping contest, a story of a child in a Harlem project who finds an abandoned duck, and a girl whose best friend is a cow.” – Kelly Spivey
Seth Fragomen, USA, 16mm, color, sound, 2009, 5m
“A woman died in the loft where this was shot in 2008. I lived there shortly after she passed away. Her presence was strong and I wanted to make contact with her. Making this film was how I connected with her. I’m not sure why the film took the form it did, but it felt right.” – Seth Fragomen
David Baker, USA, video, color, sound, 2009, 10m
Latin: from the beginning
A memory locus.
Memory is a thing with holes in it, a dream-like exaltation.
What are the possibilities embedded in this mask?
“Time is built into the body in the sense of becomingness.”
(Stages of becoming, senses of becoming –
l’orée du songe
“A shore of dreaming.”
“…as I am it is inevitable that I should
sometimes feel like a shadow walking
in a shadowy world.”
Specters are summoned across thresholds of reverie.
An oracle in low light effulgence.
A rumination on mortality.
Escrito en el agua
(written in the water).
participatory discrepancies in out-of-phase synchronicities.
“Making the body available..”
Entrainment to its light pulses,
a clairvoyant syntax of primordial beginnings.
Lie down, dream with me.
Jay Hudson, USA, S8mm, b/w, silent, 2007, 2m
“S21 was a notorious prison located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979). Out of an estimated 17,000 prisoners who entered S21, there were only twelve known survivors. The inmates were all photographed before they were shackled, brutally tortured for months, and then eventually executed. This film consists of a series of photographs of the condemned, shown one after another until they blend together. It is a simple meditation on the extremes of human power and its ability to suppress the intrinsic value of life.” – Jay Hudson
Marie Losier, USA, 16mm, b/w, sound, 2008, 3m
“Losier’s poignant short film offers a moving tribute to New York icon Mike Kuchar, filmed on his last day before leaving Manhattan to relocate to San Francisco.”
WS. 2, WS.3
Seoungho Cho, Korea, video, color, sound, 2003-2004, approx. 13m
“The video works of Korean artist Seoungho Cho are distinguished by a lyrical confluence of complex image processing and sound collage. His works are formalist, almost painterly explorations of subjectivity and the subconscious. These poetic meditations often focus on isolation and estrangement in relation to culture and landscape. White Sands 1-3 are various poetic interpretations of a specific landscape.”
Sean Berman, USA, video, color, sound, 2010, 3m
“Scientists have confirmed the presence of a silly man trapped between the image and this screen.” – S.B.
Boys and Girl
Lorenzo Gattorna, USA, 16mm, b/w, sound, 2010, 3m
“Ruth Orkin…American Girl in Italy 1951…Giacomo Puccini…Nessun Dorma” – L.G.
Bushwick – Heavy Woods
Peter Buntaine, USA, 16mm, color, sound, 2010, 8m
“A double-exposed image of the past and present of a neighborhood in Northern Brooklyn.
Greg Vanderveer, USA, video, color, sound, 2009, 10m