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."