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Abstract Film & Video: The Contemporary Period

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 14, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES

There was only a brief consideration of the contemporary period of US abstract film/video in 3 periods of Abstract Film and Video, but its analysis bears greater expansion. By focusing on the dominant characteristics of the three periodsexperimentation, consolidation and institutionalizationthe marginal position of abstract film emerges clearly at the start of the third period. The potential contemporary period reverses this marginalization, and so deserves a longer discussion.




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The 3 Periods of Abstract Film & Video in the US

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



research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES

Because understanding the present requires an awareness of the past, this discussion considers the broad development of abstract motion pictures over the course of the twentieth century. Within this larger history, it is possible to identify three distinct phases to the emergence and consolidation of abstraction as a specific genre of animation.




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Harry Smith, Alchemist & Professional "Bum"

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 24, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES

Harry Everett Smith (1923 1991) was a film maker who, like Len Lye, had other interests than film.




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'Video Art' - A Definition

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 19, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES

The definition of video art as a distinct medium, apart from both experimental film and television was a central topic of theoretical and critical concern during the early years of video arts existence; of greatest importance to these first writers on video was the ways it differed from televisionmuch more than the relationship it had with the avant-garde film community, many of whom had shifted from film to video as lower cost cameras and video tape recorders became readily available.




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Why It's Called 'Experimental' Film

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 5, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES

The origins of the idea that films made by artists are "experimental" can be traced to a magazine from the 1930s, and an exhibition in the 1940s.




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