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MICHAEL BETANCOURT NEWS
   movies: AESTHETICS
   movies: NEWS & REVIEWS
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   research: AVANT-GARDE MOVIES
   research: MOTION GRAPHICS
   research: VISUAL MUSIC
   theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS
   theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM
   theory: GLITCH & POSTDIGITAL
   theory: working notes

 

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Michael Betancourt has screened internationally in the Black Maria Film Festival, Contemporary Art Ruhr, Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, Millennium Film Workshop, and Experiments in Cinema among others. He wrote The ____________ Manifesto, has published in The Atlantic, Millennium Film Journal, Leonardo, and CTheory; his writing has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish, published in than twenty-one books, including The Critique of Digital Capitalism, The History of Motion Graphics, Glitch Art in Theory and Practce, and Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing.

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A Note on 'Typoetry' - on Utsanga.it

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 7, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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My discussion of asemic typography in terms of semiotic theory, A Note on 'Typoetry' (which uses examples of my work as illustrations) has been published in Utsanga.it no. 28.






 
Die Leere Mitte Issue 10

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 21, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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In issue 10: Randee Silv, Angela Caporaso, Michael Betancourt, Marjan Zahed-Kindersley, Mark Young, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Christopher Clifton, Nico Vassilakis, Mario Jos Cervantes.

Edited in Berlin by Horst Berger and Federico Federici

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Now Available - The Book of Dissolution

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 23, 2020 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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This work of visual poetry is composed from forty-two carefully curated compositions produced between 1998 and 2020. Dissolution means the decomposition into fragments or parts, a disintegration that returns the established order to its component elementsbut this breaking up does not mean an end to order, merely the conversion from one state to another, more dynamic one. These images are a meditation on this process of ordering and transformation. These images are a meditation on this process of ordering and transformation, a sequence of images, like an animation without the in-between frames.






 
Turn Up the Bass, the Saul Bass! (sticker)

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 6, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Harmonia: Glitch, Movies and Visual Music - Now Available!

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 9, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Harmonia, harmonies, analyzes the connections between glitch art, visual music, abstraction, and motion pictures. This collection is a chronological survey of glitch art pioneer Michael Betancourts artistic research into, around, and with digital motion pictures that theorizes and critiques visual music. This anthology is directly connected to his critical engagement with the socio-cultural meaning of visionary art that builds on the work of Umberto Eco and Michel Foucault to engage with the historical films of John Whitney, Mary Ellen Bute, Mary Hallock-Greenewalt, and Stan Brakhage (among others) connecting them with contemporary glitch movies. Included in this collection is his taxonomy of abstract forms based on synaesthesia, a discussion of the historical foundations and connections between color music/color organs, synaesthesia and the visual music instruments and films of the twentieth century, and an analysis of the fundamental connections between visual music and realism that reveals an ideological reification created by the synchronization of sound and image. This analysis goes beyond a historical recounting of artists and their works to propose an understanding of synaesthetic media in aesthetic as well as critical, ideological terms. Included are the essays The Aura of the Digital, The Invention of Glitch Video, Semiotics of the Moon as Fantasy and Destination, and Welcome to Cyberia along with many other talks, publications, and analyses of glitch art and visual music.

Harmonia: Glitch, Movies and Visual Music is an anthology of my writing on glitch and visual music. It's available in hardcover and paperback, 240 pages.