Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Film’

“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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“Video Poem #1 [The War Of Words Hadn't Really Developed Much]” (Video Art, 2010)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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Part of an ongoing series of video poems made from found footage, inspired by the principles of haiku poetry, cut-up and glitch aesthetics.

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“Video Poem #2 [Money Money, Money]” (Video Art, 2010)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

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Part 2 of an ongoing series of video poems made from found footage, inspired by the principles of haiku poetry, cut-up and glitch aesthetics.

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“Video Poem #3 [Untitled]” (Video Art, 2010)

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

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Part 3 of an ongoing series of video poems made from found footage, inspired by the principles of haiku poetry, the readymade and cut-up aesthetics.

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“Video Poem #4 [Mothers Day]” (Video Art, 2010)

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Part 4 of an ongoing series of video poems made from found footage, inspired by the principles of haiku poetry, the readymade and cut-up aesthetics.

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