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Gina napolitan
09.05.2011   

The iotaWeekly - September 5th - September 11th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Phthalo Blue" (2011) by Fabrizio Poce

A devotee of self-developed, real-time software, Fabrizio Poce created this piece with no post-production or off-line rendering.

"Audio drives vertex generation of objects and volumes. Render-to-texture feedback used to create a "mirror" effect. Position and rotation in space, colors and "scene" groups controlled in real-time through clip envelopes and MIDI manual controls. Ableton Live used to host the entire environment (Max for Live)."



Site of the Week
experimentalanimation.co.uk

Created by Antony Nicholas, experimentalanimation.co.uk is a handy reference site and research tool for experimental animation. Animator biographies and clips from major works in the genre are all organized for your viewing and reading pleasure. The site also features a reviewed resource guide and links to other comprehensive experimental animation-related websites.






Person of the Week
Beatrice Gibson

On Friday, September 16th, our friends at Los Angeles Film Forum will be hosting Rehearsals for the Everyday, a program of films by London-based filmmaker Beatrice Gibson, whose works investigate "ideas around voice, speech, collective production and the problems of representation." Among the works screening is A Necessary Music, a "science fiction film about modernist social housing," which won the Tiger Award at the 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival.
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Gina napolitan
08.29.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 29th - September 4th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"PiKA PiKA Documentation" by TOCHKA

Beautiful and completely charming, this video documents one of Japanese artist duo TOCHKA's light painting projects. TOCHKA, whose aim is "to bring joy and inspire people to work together across cultural, ethnic and linguistic differences," has hosted a number of light painting animation workshops around the world. This week they will be in the LA area with events hosted by USC. A workshop, exhibition, screening and discussion with the artists are all occurring this week on Aug 31st and Sept 1st (workshop is only available to USC students). And on September 2nd, they will be hosted by NewTown in Pasadena. Be sure to check it out!





Site of the Week
Understanding Visual Music at Hexagram-Concordia University

On this past Friday and Saturday, Concordia University in Montreal hosted "a two-day conference focused on developing an understanding of the practice of visual music, its definition, related creative and perceptual considerations, current trends, technological innovation, and possible future directions." The iota Center's Jeremy Speed Schwartz was there to present a lively program of animated works by Adam Beckett, Jules Engel, Sara Petty, Audri Phillips, Bill Alves, and many others.






Person of the Week
Charles Csuri

Charles Csuri is a pioneer of early computer animation and continues to experiment in this complex and quickly evolving medium. His blog contains a variety of his visual experiments, dating from the 1960s to today.

"Going from punch cards to create animation and then today see my animation on an iPod is indeed a taste of science fiction. As I continue to be engaged with new technology, I feel I have only scratched the surface of what is yet to come. While the landscape is filled with ugliness there is also some beauty to be found."

-Charles Csuri
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Paul shepherd
08.22.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 22th - 28th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
Untitled Light Show Loop by Adam K. Beckett

Fresh off the scanner are the amazing Light Show Loops of Adam K. Beckett. Due to the wonderful voluntarily work of Pat O'Neill and George Lockwood at Lookout Mountain Studios we now have 30 of these loops all set and ready for the DVD due out very soon (we promise). The story goes that Adam used to get together with friends, pull out a bunch of projectors showing many of these loops at once - occasionally pulling one off and throwing another on - and experiment with different hallucinogens to create an entire sensory experience.



Site of the Week
Corpus Fluxus

The home of Ross Lipman's work and the Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic. A complex of cinematic history and stranger the fiction oddities. The Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic will hold a gallery exhibition and cinematic performance event this coming weekend at piXel (+) freQuency. The event will surely delight most of your five senses.






Person of the Week
Robert Breer

Robert Breer has been a major figure in experimental animation for more than 40 years. His large body of work includes paintings, kinetic sculpture and films. He has given retrospective exhibitions of his work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MOMA and the Whitney Museum in New York. Born in Detroit, Breer studied painting at Stanford and moved to Europe in the 1940s, where he was influenced by the work of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. Returning to the U.S. in the early 1960s, he embarked on a career in animated films, bringing a Modernist perspective to his films. He passed away this past week at the ripe age of 84 leaving us with a wonderful and glorious legacy of brilliant films.
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Gina napolitan
08.08.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 8th - 14th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Punto y Raya Official Competition Trailer" (2011) by Punto y Raya Festival

This year's Punto y Raya Festival--"the most abstract festival in the world"--will be held from November 3rd through November 6th at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain. This year's festival should prove to be quite an exciting one! A number of our friends have films screening, including Huckleberry Lain, Jodie Mack, Chris Casady, Aaron Ross, Ying Tan, Calvin Frederick, and Jane Cassidy.



Site of the Week
Possible Metrics

A small, independent studio based out of Montreal, Possible Metrics is dedicated to creating music using visual environments. Their work has been featured in a number of festivals recently, including Annecy and Ottawa. Check out the projects page on their website for samples of the visual experiments they have been conducting.






Person of the Week
Jennifer Steinkamp

Jennifer Steinkamp's animated projection installations are overwhelming and beautiful, while also toying with the viewer's notions of architectural space, time, and bodily experience. Beginning in January of this year and running until this coming January, the Museum of Comtemporary Art San Diego is displaying Steinkamp's "Madame Curie" installation, which was commissioned by the museum. If you're in the area, be sure to stop in and take a look!
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Gina napolitan
08.01.2011   

The iotaWeekly - August 1st - 7th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Telenoika Audiovisual Mapping" by Telenoika (2011)

This footage documents a remarkable projection installation featured at the Kernel Festival in Italy. Using 2D and 3D software along with high-powered HD projectors, the Villa Tittoni Travers in Desio is transformed in surprising and unsettling ways.



Site of the Week
Automata LA

Founded in 2004 by experimental puppet theater artists Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson, Automata LA is dedicated to "presenting intimate performances of original work, film screenings of contemporary and historical avant-garde film, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions in a variety of spaces in Los Angeles." Automata has hosted a number of exciting performances this summer, so be sure to sign up for their mailing list so you don't miss the next one!






Person of the Week
Marshall McLuhan

"For more than a century now artists have tried to meet the challenge of the electric age by investing the tactile sense with the role of a nervous system for unifying all the others. Paradoxically, this has been achieved by 'abstract art,' which offers a central nervous system for a work of art, rather than the conventional husk of the old pictorial image." --Understanding Media

July 21st marked what would have been the 100th birthday of influential media theorist Marshall McLuhan. The MIT Press blog looks back at his unusual career, and his lasting observations on media and technology: "We change our tools and then our tools change us."
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Paul shepherd
07.25.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 25th - 31st, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Suspended Edges" by Oli Jones and Monty Adkins

Delicate and delightful. This piece explores the areas in between. The slight, small and intimate spaces between spaces. The life of edges; when time stops particles of small life filled creatures dance and play. In a forgotten village. Just beyond the shadows.



Site of the Week
Dr. Strangeloop's FIELDS-TV - audio, visual, net

In conjunction with Dr. Strangeloop's art opening at the Gus Harper Art Studio in LA this past weekend, he has gotten together with his friends and created one of the most elaborate multi-media abstract visual music websites, FIELDS-TV. The site combines complex imagery with music by artists such as MONO/POLY, SEVEN SATURDAYS, DREAMS + CEREALS and many more brought to you by Brainfeeder. Take an abstract interactive journey all from your desktop.






Persons of the Week
LoVid

The delightful and fun video art duo LoVid enjoy presenting all forms of art. From interactivity to performance, LoVid uses numerous components of video technology to create glimpses into new and different worlds. Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus delve into multi-disciplinary practices of creation that expand the definition of art. Take a look.
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Gina napolitan
07.18.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 18th - 24th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Running on Empty (Revisited)" (2011) by Ross Ching

We hope all of our friends in the Los Angeles area survived Carmageddon this weekend! In the spirit of this weekend's 405 closure, our clip of the week presents (through the magic of editing) the impossible: car-free Los Angeles roadways.



Site of the Week
The Film-Maker's Coop

Happy 50th anniversary to the Film-Maker's Coop! Founded in 1961 by Jonas Mekas , the Coop is one of the country's leading distribution houses for avant-garde and independent films. Their extensive catalog features some of the greatest experimental films ever produced in the United States.






Person of the Week
Cecile Starr

Another birthday! This past Thursday marks animation historian Cecile Starr's 90th birthday. The experimental animation community is deeply indebted to Starr, whose enthusiasm and devotion to the medium has helped to broaden its audience and acceptance in the larger context of the art world. Starr's optimism in regards to the future of animation-as-art is wholly evident in the wealth of scholarly writing she's given us. Happy Birthday, Cecile!
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Paul shepherd
07.14.2011   

Happy Birthday Cecile Starr! -

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A big warm Happy Birthday to Cecile Starr on her 90th year on planet earth.

Best known for her book Experimental Animation co-written with Robert Russett. She has been a guiding light in the weird world of experimental filmmaking. As a teacher, writer and promoter of this obscure artform she has influenced a few generations of filmmakers particularly by introducing them to exemplary filmmakers that we take for granted today - Hans Richter, Len Lye, Mary Ellen Bute, and Oskar Fischinger.

Join us in thanking her for her many years of hard work and dedication to our great love of abstract animation. Without a doubt many of us might not have been introduced to this world if it wasn't for Cecile Starr and others like her.
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Gina napolitan
07.11.2011   

The iotaWeekly - July 11th - 17th, 2011

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Clip of the Week
"Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus" (2011) by Patrick Clair

Originally created for Australian television, this short infographic film explains the complex inner workings of the Stuxnet virus, "the first weapon made entirely out of code." Entertaining, informative, and a visually-engaging piece of motion graphics!



Site of the Week
UbuWeb

Up and running for 15 years, UbuWeb offers an eclectic cross-section of avant-garde media. Their extensive online archive features a mix of underground films, poetry readings, and experimental music--all of which are available for free.




Person of the Week
Stan VanDerBeek

American avant-garde pioneer Stan VanDerBeek gained fame for his subversive collage animations and early experiments in computer graphics. Many of his groundbreaking films can be viewed at our site of the week, UbuWeb.
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Derek haugen
07.08.2011   

"Video Works 2010" by Emile "Doctor T" Tobenfeld - Now Available in the Library and Study Center!

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from Changes #2



from Wisteriax Meditation

Doctor T (Emile Tobenfeld) has been performing visual improvisations with live music since 1973. His improvisations feature DVD's of his own video, photography and animation, which he mixes live in response to the sounds and actions of the performers he is working with. His visual material explores and blurs the boundary between realism and abstraction, and his "Visual Music" performances combine imagery and music into a unified immersive and evocative media experience.

This collection contains:
Changes #2
Wisteriax Meditation
The Liquid Piano
The Trip
Texture and Reaction
Changes #3

These films and much more can be viewed at our Library & Study Center in Culver City, CA. Please set up a viewing appointment by contacting us at: info@iotacenter.org.

For more information about Tobenfeld and his work, please visit his website and YouTube Channel.

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