Archive for the ‘Film Screenings’ Category

“Lightbulb” (Video Art, 2001)

Thursday, December 13th, 2001

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Early silent experimental/poetic film, made on an old VHSC camera. First screened as part of Scenes From the Aro Valley, curated by Campbell Walker (Paramount Theatre, Wellington, 20-23 April, 2006). Also featuring films by Colin HodsonAlex GreenhoughElric Kane, Diane McAllen, Andy Chappell and Campbell Walker. Part of a suite of films made in 2001.

Five experimental shorts in about 7 minutes by Richard (Dick) Whyte, among other things a ghost in the margins of almost all the Aro Valley films, and possibly the least known and most active filmmaker involved with the movement.” (Campbell Walker, Scenes from the Aro Valley)

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“Brooklyn” (Video Art, 2001)

Monday, December 17th, 2001

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Early silent experimental/poetic film, made on an old VHSC camera. First screened as part of Scenes From the Aro Valley, curated by Campbell Walker (Paramount Theatre, Wellington, 20-23 April, 2006). Also featuring films by Colin HodsonAlex GreenhoughElric Kane, Diane McAllen, Andy Chappell and Campbell Walker. Part of a suite of films made in 2001.

Five experimental shorts in about 7 minutes by Richard (Dick) Whyte, among other things a ghost in the margins of almost all the Aro Valley films, and possibly the least known and most active filmmaker involved with the movement.” (Campbell Walker, Scenes from the Aro Valley programme notes)

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“Lunar” (Video Art, 2004)

Friday, December 24th, 2004

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Video poem of the moon. First screened as part of Scenes From the Aro Valley, curated by Campbell Walker (Paramount Theatre, Wellington, 20-23 April, 2006). Also featuring films by Colin Hodson, Alex Greenhough, Elric Kane, Diane McAllen, Andy Chappell and Campbell Walker. Part of a suite of videos made in 2004.

Five experimental shorts in about 7 minutes by Richard (Dick) Whyte, among other things a ghost in the margins of almost all the Aro Valley films, and possibly the least known and most active filmmaker involved with the movement.” (Campbell Walker, Scenes from the Aro Valley programme notes)

“[Sergei] Eisenstein, we recall, championed the use of ‘montage’ theory in film. Here film communicated by a succession of juxtaposed images that did not need to have a linear, narrative or consequential relationship between them. Shot ‘A’ followed by shot ‘B’ created a new meaning ‘C’ in the mind of the viewer. Eisenstein likened this to ‘haiku’ – a traditional Japanese poetic form in which a short succession of separate images combines in the mind of the reader to create a total meaning which is greater than the sum of its component parts. In this way, meaning is suggested rather than stated. Eisenstein hoped to communicate specific meanings, but in the haiku… the implication is far more abstract.” (Richard Howells, Visual Culture)

“Maya Deren had attempted to find a filmic equivalent to the haiku shortly before her death. She left the project incomplete. [Stan] Brakhage too used the analogy to the haiku in discussing his 8mm Songs. By including the two haiku series in Lost, Lost, Lost [Jonas] Mekas contextualized them as steps in the development of his poetic incarnation as a film-maker.” (P. Adams Sitney, Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson)

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“This is not a black square” (Video Art, 2004)

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

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Animated film made from a series of black and white photocopies, dedicated to Kazimir Malevich and Rene Magritte. First screened at the experimental film evening ‘Iris Out’, curated by Diane McAllen (New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, Nov. 2004). Subsequently screened as part of ‘Experimental Film & Video Art’ curated by Zoe Roland (The Physics Room, Christchurch, March 2006) and the exhibition ‘Still Moving: From Photography to Interactive Art’ (Corban Estate Art Center, Auckland, June 2006). Part of a suite of videos made in 2004.

“In the tradition of Stan Brakhage, Len Lye and contemporary video artists such as Gillian Wearing this selection of works seeks to develop a new language uncompromised by mainstream cinema and orthodox narrative constructions. This programme of experimental film and video art provides a snapshot of artistic activity around the moving image.” (The Physics Roomread more)

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“Bardo Follies II [for George Landow]” (Video Art, 2006)

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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“Dick Whyte is definitively the most prolific of the Aro Valley digital filmmakers. Since the late 90s he’s produced a dizzying amount of experimental film work, much of which remains unseen – although his most recent work is usually produced for and released online.” (Campbell Walker, Ghost Movies programme notes)

16mm live film sequel to George Landow’s “Bardo Follies” (preserved on miniDV). Thanks to Alexander Greenhough for the 16mm projector and Toby and Melissa Donald for the New Zealand Film Unit footage. First screened at ‘Film Night with Big Dick’ as part of “Rubberneck III” curated by Anton L’Etranger and Ruby Nekk (Thistle Hall, Wellington, 2006). Subsequently screened as part of “Ghost Movies: Experimental shorts from the Aro Valley Digital Cinema 1997-2007” curated by Campbell Walker (The Frederick Street Light and Sound Experience, Wellington, 2010). Ghost Movies also featured films by Colin Hodson, Nia Robyn, Diane McAllen, Campbell Walker and Andy Chappell. Read the programme notes here.

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“John Cage – 4’33” [May ’68 Comeback Special RECON]” (Video Art, 2010)

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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Reconstruction of John Cage’s 4’33” using 68 YouTube videos of people performing the piece on a variety of instruments. Part of the ongoing RECON project. Many thanks to Rhizome.org and C-Monster for featuring this work recently.

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” (John Cage, Experimental Music)

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“Artdick News: John Cage RECON Goes Semi-Viral” (Rhizome, 2010)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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Exciting news! My video reconstruction John Cage – 4’33” [May ’68 Comeback Special RECON] was featured on the front page of Rhizome (one of the most well known digital art networking sites) after being posted on Mediateletipos. It went semi-viral and has since been posted on a number of blogs and was even twittered a few times. Since then the video has received more than 2000 views! Special thanks to Drawing Silence, who was the first person to re-blog this video, and PietMondriaan who also featured it on their art blog.

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“Matrix IV [Atari 8-Bit Remix]” (Video Art, 2010)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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Avant-garde sequel to John Whitney’s “Matrix III (1972) made out of found footage of Atari computers, sourced from YouTube. First screened (in edited form) as part of the Hamilton Underground Film Festival (HUFF) curated by Emit Snake-Beings (Waikato Museum of Art and History, November 13th, 2010).

“We may assume that a time will come when that which I am about to describe will name itself—but for now: ‘Computational periodics’ is a propositional and tentative term which may help to designate a new unified field for a heterodimensional art; a field whose special dimension is time. An art which is temporal, as music itself; being, that is, spatio-temporal. An art whose time has come because of computer technology and an art which could not exist before the computer. Even though this art will be found in the notebooks of Leonardo and has been in the collective imagination, like the flying-machine, since his epoch it was a technological impossibility until the development of computer graphics.” (John Whitney, Computational Periodicals)

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“There are more things in heaven and earth, John Key…” (Video Art, 2010)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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“Dick Whyte tackles the murky territory of John Key’s recently ill-conceived joke about cannibalism.” (Mark Williams) First screened as part of A Horse Walks Into A Bar, curated by Mark Williams (New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, 6 October – 27 November, 2010). As Williams writes, “A Horse Walks into a Bar is an exhibition which presents moving images from the Film Archive’s collections alongside new work by local Wellington artists. The exhibition asks, What is humour? And how does it work?” (read more) Also featuring work by Claire Harris, Dad and Tracy, Caroline Johnston, John Lake and Chris Clements.

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“Detournement: Critical Cinema and the Internet” (The New Zealand Film Archive, curated by Dick Whyte, 2010)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

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In November 2010 I curated a screening of my favourite experimental videos sourced from YouTube and Vimeo at The New Zealand Film Archive with the help of the wonderful Mark Williams.

“What do Miss Piggy, Britney Spears, Mussolini, Super Mario Bros., Charlie Rose, John Key, Ruth Richardson and Buster Keaton have in common? They are all the subjects of avant-garde films on YouTube. Film maker and academic Dick Whyte presents a screening of recent avant-garde films he has curated from YouTube. All of them re-purpose existing material into new works. Whyte says, “Technology has taken a long time to get to the point where video makers can sample with the same abandon as musicians and still image makers. YouTube heralds a new age in avant-garde cinema which is fully engaged with popular media.” The screening will be accompanied by short introductions to the films and their particular strategies, looking at the function of avant-garde moving-image at the beginning of the twenty-first century.” (Mark Williams, read more)

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The screening was broken into two halves. The first half contained some of my favorite glitch and datamoshing videos (click video stills to watch).

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Atonal70CCD Crash (2007)

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IllarterateTeleglitche (2008)

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Jan DybalaVRGB 3.0 [Sequence 3] (2009)

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MySilentDawnRUTHYRUTHRICHIERICNEOLIB (2010)

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Tasman RichardsonATARI 2600 Remix [excerpt] (2007)

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Cory Arcangel & Paper Rad – Super Mario Movie (2005)

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The second half contained some of my favorite videos reworking popular media imagery, from Mussolini to Miss Piggy (click video stills to watch).

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Andrew Filippone Jr.Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett (2008)

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Mitteo PasinItaliani (2007)

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Peter RandDouble Rainbow / Donald Judd Mashup (2010)

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SalvinsaIN LOVE (2010)

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RebelliousPixelsSo You Think You Can Be President? [Debate Remix] (2008)

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Dick WhyteOf The Refrain: Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (2010)

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Michael Bell-SmithR. Kelly’s ‘Trapped In The Closet’ Played Simultaneously (2006)

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WaambatFuck the Pain Away [Sung by Miss Piggy] (2008)

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