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No Ends Group Show at No Romance March 31, 2012

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The collaborative video Viral Underground that Rey Parla and I made will be in this show:

On Saturday, March 31st, Osiel Rojas proudly presents No Ends a one night only group show at No Romance. The beautifully dark exhibition features a dozen artists with works varying in media, subject matter. These artists are of varying backgrounds, locations, and points of view, but all share a very basic need to make ends meet has served as a jumping off point for each piece featured in the show. While some pieces directly capture the disparity, violence, and angst of these overloaded abstract times others capture hybrid parallel emotions that may to a degree expose the artists process and intentions for a few hours. The ambiguity of this coming together is as fleeting as any New York City night, and less about a cohesive theme, and more about seizing the now.

No Ends demonstrates that in difficult times the possibilities of making and producing are the source of the artists inspirations, visions, and sustainability, as chaos seems to command the future and the present.

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Contact Light (2012)

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 18, 2012 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Experiments in Cinema v7.9

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 5, 2012 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


My movie, One, will also be in this festival, a Basement Films and UNM Cinematic Arts Department Production: info here.

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Atlanta Film Festival 2012

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Two of my movies, Disks of Newton and One, will be in this festival. The Experimental Program will be on March 28 at 7:45.

The program includes:

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The Origins of Motion Graphics

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 6, 2012 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

Motion Graphics

​Motion graphics was the last major aesthetic innovation of the nineteenth century to fully emerge during the twentieth. Converging in the final decades of the twentieth century, broadcast design, mobile graphics, the absolute film, titles, or even simply animation have all been used to identify what would become motion graphics. Any history of the field requires a consideration of how its aesthetics and the varied uses common to contemporary motion graphics first emerged from experiments with kinetic abstraction in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The nexus of abstract films synchronized geometries with live action outside the framework of narrative, the conventions of synchronized sound and image, and finally the development of kinetic typography shows that motion graphics are more than animated graphic designs.

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Viral Underground (2011)

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2.5 min
Designed by Rey Parla and Michael Betancourt

This movie was produced as a collaboration between the scratch film maker Rey Parla and digital movie maker Michael Betancourt. It developed from several years of discussions about collaborating on a project, and finally began when Parla sent a drive with material to Betancourt in the summer of 2011, which he then combined with some of his own material. The finished movie is a dialogue between their approaches and techniques, combining scratch, glitch, analog processing and digital compositing to create a hybrid.


Slap Happy Sticker Invitational

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 7, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


I have a sticker in this show curated by Paul Weston and DB Burkeman for Art Basel Miami Beach this year. They selected 75 artists from around the globe to create an intimate, (same size), black and white sticker.

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Avant-to-Live Show at Contraband Cinema, Atlanta GA

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Saturday, November 19: Avant To Live!

Robbie Land + Michael Betancourt + Sylvia Schedelbauer +
Christopher Childs + Anna Spence + Takuro Masuda

Saturday November 19th 8pm at Beep Beep Gallery

I am planning to be at this show. The description is exciting: Camera-less works, glitch animation, 16mm film lit by fireflies, static datamoshing, archival collage, excel animation, and hand-painted films made by leading fine-art filmmakers working within the region and the globe.

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conjunction (2011)

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This movie is a diptych (2 panel) piece that I just finished. It was made using glitches as the basic source material. It's in HD, but this sample combines the two separate elements into a single movie.


Autonomous Individuality vs. Social Organization

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 28, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

Digital Capitalism

The idea that the government is an unmitigated evil has its origins in American society with the concept of the state of nature. Proposed by Henry David Thoreau, the ideological claims of this view of human nature reveal themselves as an idealized, pastoralone where society is responsible for everything that is wrong with culture, where individuals are seen as self-contained, self-sufficient and fully autonomous, corrupted only when they need to work together. It is a fantasy of independence, one where the very real social and cultural supports that make the cabin in the woods possible are systematically denied. To see the sociopathic tendencies of this ideology fully realized, one needs look no farther than Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

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