Monday, June 11, 2007

norman mclaren

pas de deux
Runtime: 13 min
Country: Canada
Color: Black and White

Director: Norman McLaren
Margaret Mercier ... Ballerina
Vincent Warren ... Ballet Dancer

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

len lye

Len Lye, born Leonard Charles Huia Lye (5 July 1901, Christchurch, New Zealand - 15 May 1980, Warwick, Rhode Island), was a New Zealand-born artist known primarily for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture. His films are held in archives such as the New Zealand Film Archive, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Pacific Film Archive at University of California, Berkeley. Lye's sculptures are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Berkeley Art Museum. However, the bulk of his work returned to New Zealand after his death, where it is housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.
in wikipedia

1933 - The Peanut Vendor

1935 - A Colour Box + Free Radicals (1958)

1936 - rainbow dance

1938 - Colour Flight (Imperial Airways)

1940 - Swinging the Lambeth Walk


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Montage, Realism and the Act of Vision, by Victor A. Grauer

Montage, Realism and the Act of Vision
by Victor A. Grauer

"This book, now available in its entirely online, is a study of the relation of film theory to some of the most radical developments in modernist art and music. Drawing on aspects of semiotics and post-structuralism, it covers a wide range of relevant art forms and styles, from the Cubism of Picasso and Braque to the abstractions of Mondrian; from the serialism of Anton Webern, to the intricate structures of Boulez and Stockhausen; from the cinematic experiments of Kuleshov, Eisenstein and Vertov, to the radically unsettling montage of Stan Brakhage, whose "deconstruction" of film language is a major focus of the book. The theory of "negative syntax" developed here is the basis for several subsequent publications of mine (all available via my home page).
Written between 1979 and 1982, Montage, Realism and the Act of Vision was accepted for publication by Thomas Sebeok, for his series Approaches to Semiotics, but was ultimately turned down because the publisher decided it wasn't sufficiently marketable. At one point Brakhage himself became an enthusiastic promoter, trying to help me find a publisher, but this too never worked out. Meanwhile my friend David Feldman scanned the whole thing and formatted it using a "markup" system called Latex. Then another friend, Henk Baerendregt, figured out how to translate this file from Latex to HTML. Many thanks to both of them."

Thursday, April 12, 2007

yves klein

direct download: Anthropometries of the Blue Period and Fire Paintings: Two Performances 1960

Selected Writings, 1928-1962 (1974, The Tate Gallery) [PDF, 3.8mb]

The Monotone Symphony (1949, rec. March 9, 1960)
On a clear night in March at ten pm sharp a crowd of one hundred people, all dressed in black tie attire, came to the Galerie International d'Art Contemporain in Paris. The event was the first conceptual piece to be shown at this gallery by their new artist Mr. Yves Klein. The gallery was one of the finest in Paris.
Mr. Klein in a black dinner jacket proceeded to conduct a ten piece orchestra in his personal composition of The Monotone Symphony, which he had written in 1949. This symphony consisted of one note.
Three models appeared, all with very beautiful naked bodies. They were then conducted as was the full orchestra by Mr. Klein. The music began. The models then rolled themselves in the blue paint that had been placed on giant pieces of artist paper - the paper had been carefully placed on one side of the galleries' wall and floor area - opposite the full orchestra. Everything was composed so breathtakingly beautifully. The spectacle was surely a metaphysical and spiritual event for all. This went on for twenty minutes. When the symphony stopped it was followed by a strict twenty minutes of silence, in which everyone in the room willingly froze themselves in their own private meditation space.
At the end of Yves' piece everyone in the audience was fully aware they had been in the presence of a genius at work, the piece was a huge success! Mr. Klein triumphed. It would be his greatest moment in art history, a total success.
The spectacle had unquestionable poetic beauty, and Mr. Kleins' last words that night were, "THE MYTH IS IN ART".

Yves Klein From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yves Klein (28 April 1928 - 6 June 1962) was a French artist. Klein was born in Nice. Both his parents were painters. He lived in Japan for a time, becoming an expert in judo, before settling in Paris and beginning to exhibit his work there. Many of these early paintings were monochrome and in a variety of colours. By the late 1950s, Klein's monochrome works were almost exclusively in a deep blue hue which he eventually patented as International Klein Blue (IKB). As well as conventionally made paintings, in a number of works Klein had naked female models covered in blue paint dragged across or laid upon canvases to make the image, using the models as brushes. Sometimes the creation of these paintings was turned into a kind of performance art - an event in 1960, for example, had an audience dressed in formal evening wear watching the models go about their task while an instrumental ensemble played Klein's The Monotone Symphony, which consisted of a single sustained note. Klein also made sculptures in deep blue, and worked with fire, creating some sculptures using it, and setting fire to some of his canvases, thus making scorched holes in them. Klein is also well known for a photograph, Saut dans le Vide (Leap into the Void), which apparently shows him jumping off a wall, arms outstretched, towards the pavement. Klein is considered an important figure in post-war European neo-dadaism. He engaged in such provocations as "publishing" a chapbook containing only empty pages and selling empty spaces in exchange for gold which he then threw into the river Seine. Klein died in Paris of a heart attack.

Yves Klein Archives
Yves Klein - Yves le monochrome - Works of a 'painter of space'

Sunday, April 8, 2007


Glossary of Film Terms
EXiS (Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul)
GO film fest, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
International Experimental Film Festival/Denver
Northern Lights Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
Filmmaker Magazine
production companies
Thorsten Fleisch + fleischarchive
country listings
australia (csiro)
UK Film And TV Directory
UK Screen

online films - speech at cannes

"Film online should be seen as an additional distribution channel which will complement other parts of the value chain. The collective experience of seeing a film in a cinema will remain a privileged medium. Experience shows that the advent of television and video has not resulted in the disappearance of film in cinema theatres. On the contrary, videos, and DVD in particular, have “boosted” the public’s taste for film. Hence, the Internet offers immense opportunity for the European film industry. It is a new outlet that will provide additional revenue.

Film online offers opportunities to reach new audiences, including international audiences. Audiences are often currently deprived of access to certain films – either for geographical reasons or because more artistic or experimental films often have difficulty in being screened widely. Film online can therefore contribute to the promotion of European cultural diversity, including on international markets, by offering the public a wider choice. "

in cannes2005