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Paul shepherd
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Introduction of Angela Diamos -

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"Lots Of Bubbles" by Angela Diamos


In December the Board of Directors welcomed a new member, Angela Diamos. Angela has over 18 years professional experience in the feature animation and live action effects animation field. Angela was introduced to effects animation, motion controlled cameras and animating with light when she started her career working at Robert Abel and Assoc. Angela then went on to animate effects on film and TV productions such as Curious George, Tarzan, Hercules, Mulan, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek The Motion Picture.

Having realized the potential in time-based imagery Angela now explores the use of hand-drawn, photo-captured and digital imagery as an art medium. “It is important in my opinion for it’s inherent immersive and ephemeral qualities. This ephemeral quality of the image as a series of interpretable codes, no longer an object, is important in its relationship to space and time– reminding the viewer of the transient quality inherent in the spaces created and the time in which we exist.”

Angela now teaches as a full-time Professor of Animation at Woodbury University.

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Paul shepherd
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Introduction of Paul Shepherd -

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We have a new Executive Director! The Board of Directors elected Paul Shepherd to the position in mid-December. Paul is an artist and professional in the area of film production. He works for Stanford Hospital as a video editor and leading the productions of Stanford’s renowned conference on innovations in health care, Medicine X. He also has worked with clients such as Red Bull, HP, Morgan Stanley and a variety of others.

As an artist he is known as Huckleberry Lain and primarily dabbles in abstraction. He has had films presented around the world including the New York and Chicago Underground Film Festivals. You can view more of his work at huckleberrylain.net

Paul has worked with the iotaCenter for over 5 years and has been a great support.

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Paul shepherd
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Engel DVD Re-release -

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To cap of our new year announcements the iotaStore has just restocked the “Jules Engel: Selected Works Vol. 1” after we sold out our last batch. This will be our last DVD produced. Once it’s gone that will be it, but rest assured we are looking into other avenues to get the wonderful films from our archive to you. For now enjoy this DVD in your collection by visiting our store

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Larry cuba
04.05.2015   

Robert J Russett -

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In Memorium

Robert J Russett

May 22 1935 - March 26 2015



We are saddened by the news that UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Robert J. Russett, 79, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Robert Russett was a media artist, educator and writer whose animated films and installations were exhibited internationally. He was awarded the University's Distinguished Professor Award in 1973 for his outstanding work as a professor. An authority on animation, Russett co-authored, with Cecile Starr, the 1988 book "Experimental Animation: Origins of New Art," which is considered to be a "must-have" title in the field.
---University of Louisiana at Lafayette


It was one of those rare life changing experiences to meet and study with Robert Russett at the Univ. of Louisiana from 1982 thru 1985. Becoming his media arts student, I went from a pretty stuck up and boring computer programming geek to someone with a lifelong interest in media art, and especially experimental film. Russett pushed me to attempt to combine my burgeoning 1980’s programming skills with various media: printmaking, filmmaking, color theory. Heck-what-have-you-done-to-me bob russett? I become a fascinated exploring pioneer in digital printing, abstract computer art and animation, and for certain, without you, I would probably be programming (in Cobol) in a bank in Louisiana. With your mentor-ship I learned so much and after even 30 years after graduation I was very happy to be your friend and I will remain forever in your debt. R.I.P. Mister Russett.

---Stewart McSherry



Obituary on The Acadiana Advocate
The Preservation of Neuron (1972) by Robert Russett
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Paul shepherd
03.29.2015   

Restoration Announcement: Tom Waits "For No One" -

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Tom Waits For No One, by director John Lamb


is a pioneering, mostly forgotten music video that is being rediscovered with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Made on state of the art analog technology in 1979, it features Tom Waits and his song "The One That Got Away" from the album Small Change. The film was a first job for several animation leaders like David Silverman and Harry Sabin. In 1980, John Lamb won an Academy Award for the co-invention of the Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which was used in making of the film. Gunnar Strom, founder of Animation Volda and a professor at Volda University College in Norway, has written that Tom Waits For No One "is a pioneering, early American music video and is very likely the first rotoscoped music video ever made". The iotaCenter is proud to announce that Tom Waits For No One will be joining the iotaCenter's collection.



the kickstarter campaign
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Paul shepherd
02.05.2015   

Feb 5th iotaSalon in Poland -

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7pm, February 5th
Film Museum in Poznan, Poland

The iotaCenter has been invited to host an iotaSalon by the International Animation Film Festival ANIMATOR in Poland to present a collection of visual music from our community.


We have chosen a collection of recent restorations and new gems to introduce an eclectic mix of visual music art.


Chris Casady- Son of Puddle Jumper
Sara Petty - Furies
Takagi Masakatsu - Bloomy Girls
Larry Cuba - Calculated Movements
Michael Robinson - Joshua His Tree
Adam K. Beckett - Heavy Light
Robert Darroll - Feng Hueng
Jacques Perconte - Apres Le Feu
Stephanie Maxwell - Ocean
Hy Hirsh - Scratch Pad
Laura Heit - Deep Dark


To learn more check out the event page.



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Paul shepherd
07.11.2014   

Two Screenings in Brooklyn -

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Announcing two screenings at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn in collaboration with the the iotaCenter


Friday July 11th 8PM
Robert Darroll Retrospective

including the Korean Trilogy


Screening List:
Korean Trilogy: Lung • Feng Huang • Stone Lion*
Taiwanese Trilogy: Things Fall Apart • How Technology Saved the World • What Ghosts Like Most
Noemata No. 1
Stele

*World Premiere of the restorations


Saturday July 12th 8PM
Visual Music: an iotaSalon Collection 1960-2014



Screening list:
Chris Casady - Son of Puddle Jumper
Hy Hirsh - Scratch Pad**
Adam K. Beckett - Heavy Light**
Larry Cuba - Calculated Movement**
Michael Robinson - Joshua His Tree
Jacques Perconte - Apres Le Feu
Takagi Masakatsu - Bloomy Girls
Sara Petty - Furies**
Laura Heit - The Deep Dark
Huckleberry Lain - Antiquities for the Queen of Angels
Stephanie Maxwell - Ocean
Dr Strangeloop - Fields

**indicates 16mm film prints

Spectacle is located at 124 South 3rd Street near the Bedford stop on the L train


We hope to see you there.
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Amy alexander
03.01.2013   

Amy Alexander Artist in Residence Work Part 2 -

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... and here's the second part of my documentation of my artist-in-residence work at iota. The "proto-show" of "Violent Movies Unraveled."

One of my interests is the evolution of cinematic form with respect to space. Since the beginning of film history, cinema has compressed physical space onto a single plane – the movie screen. This means we never really see characters face to face – no matter what they’re doing to one another. “Violent Movies Unraveled” re-edits famous movie scenes for two screens so that attackers face their attackees.

The prototype performance happened on a pair of apartment windows in Los Angeles on December 7, 2012. The windows were visible to people walking or driving past the building. The movies used for the proto-show were Psycho and Scarface. Although sound wasn’t used in the proto-show, you can view split-screen composites with sound at: my website.

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Amy alexander
01.13.2013   

Amy Alexander Artist in Residence Work Part1 -

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Wrapping up my time as Artist-in-Residence here. Thanks to everybody at iota for having me - I had a lot of fun and hopefully didn't wake the neighbors too much :-) ... Anyway, I got initial research done on a few projects and ideas, so I'll be posting video samples over the coming weeks. The first is something I"m calling PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System).

PIGS is planned as a framework for visual performance based on percussion gestures (but not sounds) – and non-rectilinear forms. I grew up performing music, and still play drums now and then. In doing visual performances, I’ve found myself instinctively performing it as though I were playing a visual percussion instrument. Although I tend to approach sound/visual pairings with skepticism, in this case, we’re not really using sound, just borrowing from a particular sound-based practice.

Anyway, here’s a very first video. The system is very rough – content and processing are in a very basic stage, and there’s lots of latency right now. The percussion audio is just there for illustrative purposes – PIGS is intended to produce visuals only. You can read more about PIGS on the YouTube page:

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Paul shepherd
11.01.2012   

Stephanie Maxwell Screening -

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November 1st at 9:30PM

At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street near Sunset

Screening new and classic films of Stephanie Maxwell with the filmmaker in person!





Stephanie Maxwell is a California-born filmmaker who practices a unique form of experimental filmmaking art. Her techniques include direct on film painting and etching, object animation, motion painting, copier techniques, live action manipulation, and much more. Her works blend the hands-on approach to animation with digital processes in very creative ways. Most of her works are collaborations with composers, from idea through realization. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion of techniques and artistic process, with Stephanie Maxwell in person.

See the Echo Park Film Center Schedule for more info




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