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Frippertronics

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 28, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Interview with Robert Fripp from 1979 where he talks about the invention of Frippertronics and his work with sound art.






 

Computer Graphics on Abstract Film

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 5, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Computer Graphics did a special issue on abstraction in film and video in 2001. That issue can be downloaded in.pdf format. [sorry dead link]






 

Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 2, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910

"The most striking thing about ''Moving Pictures" as a viewing experience has less to do with scholarship than perception. It turns time upside down. With their colors and verve, the paintings and posters and prints look so much more contemporary than the more recent art form does. Many of the films have deteriorated with time, lending them an appearance of patination. More than that, they have this alien aspect -- the jerky motions, the black and white, the teeming silence -- as from a distant, subaqueous world. It's as if the black edges of all those nifty screens are so many high-tech frames around images that could be from Lascaux."






 

A Line of Sight, by Paul Arthur

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 8, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Paul Arthur's new book collects his essays on avant-garde film from the past thirty years into a single volume. This book is a much needed survey of American work since 1965 that was written at the time of the events being discussed, rather than a historicizing volume written from a singular contemporary viewpoint.




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The Films of Polish Women Artists in the 1970s and 1980s

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 25, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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The Screening Series Program has detailed notes and information about each artist and their films. What is striking about these works is how critical they are of conceptual art, and, at the same time they employ the same modes as conceptual art from New York (for example).






 

Joan Hawkins' Cutting Edge

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 9, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Joan Hawkins, Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2000), 326pp. Pb. ISBN 0-8166-3414-9

This review argues that Hawkins contributes an important argument to contemporary debates on the subversiveness of "art-horror" in destabilising common assumptions of taste and the aesthetic strategies of underground movies generally.






 

Jonas Mekas in Context

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 6, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Jeffrey Ruoff puts Jonas Mekas into a historical context in this article from To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground.






 

Bruce Posner's Intro to Unseen Cinema

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 4, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Bruce Posner's Introduction to Unseen Cinema can be read on-line. Posner argues against the euro-art centric model for the appearance of an art-as-cinema, presenting his Unseen Cinema programs as the proof for the argument he makes in this article.




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Guy Madden Interview

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 22, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Scott Shrake has written an interview with Guy Madden, the Canadian Experimentalist.






 

Kenneth Anger Interview

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 20, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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In conjunction with an exhibition of film stills in London, Kenneth Anger gave an interview published August 22,2004.




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