Posts Tagged ‘Abstract Film’

“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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“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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“Year Zero: Faciality” (Video Art, 2010)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

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Poetic reworking of the first ever television broadcast made by John Logie Baird in the 1930s, using 78rpm discs. Original footage sourced from YouTube. Part of a series of film adaptations of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s “Capitalism and Schizophrenia 2: A Thousand Plateaus.”

“The face is part of a surface-holes, holey surface, system. This system should under no circumstances be confused with the volume-cavity system proper to the (proprioceptive) body. The head is included in the body, but the face is not. The face is surface: facial traits, lines, wrinkles; long face, square face, triangular face; the face is a map, even when it is applied to and wraps a volume, even when it surrounds and borders cavities that arc now no more than holes. The head, even the human head, is not necessarily a face. The face is produced only when the head ceases to be a part of the body, when it ceases to be coded by the body, when it ceases to have a multidimensional, polyvocal corporeal code when the body, head included, has been decoded and has to be overcoded by something we shall call the Face. This amounts to saying that the head, all the volume-cavity elements of the head, have to be facialized. What accomplishes this is the screen with holes, the white wall/black hole, the abstract machine producing faciality. But the operation does not end there: if the head and its elements arc facialized, the entire body also can be facialized, comes to be facialized as part of an inevitable process. When the mouth and nose, but first the eyes, become a holey surface, all the other volumes and cavities of the body follow. An operation worthy of Doctor Moreau: horrible and magnificent. Hand, breast, stomach, penis and vagina, thigh, leg and foot, all come to be facialized.” (Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus)

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“Untitled 29.6.99” (Video Art, 1999, restored 2011)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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Early abstract/experimental/avant-garde film made on VHSC, documenting a video feedback performance in 1999. Restored in 2011 from a poorly degraded VHS copy. Part of a suite of videos made in 1999. See more of my films on Vimeo.

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“Untitled” (Video Art, Dick Whyte & Alexander Greenhough, 1999, restored in 2011)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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Early abstract/experimental/avant-garde film made on VHSC, documenting a video feedback performance in 1999 by myself and Alexander Greenhough. Restored in 2011 from a old VHS copy. Part of a suite of videos made in 1999. First screened as part of the 6th Hamilton Underground Film Festival (HUFF) curated by Emit Snake-Beings (Waikato Museum of Art and History, 2011). See more of my films on Vimeo.

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“LUX” (Video Art, 1999, restored in 2011)

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Experimental short made on VHSC in 1999, featuring the song LUX from the Birchville Cat Motel album Siberian Earth Curve on the sound-track (additional feedback added during the filming process). Part of a suite of abstract videos I made in 1999. See more of my films on Vimeo.

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