Reflections on Paul Sharits frozen film frames

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On the bus back to Boston this past Monday I kept thinking about the Images of an Infinite Film exhibit I saw at MoMA last weekend. I loved how Paul Sharits’s Untitled, from his Frozen Film Frame series (c. 1971–76) brings into sharp relief the physicality of film.

Kevin Sweet Intervals Series in the Brant Gallery through April 21, 2013

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Now through Sunday, April 21st, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night in the Brant Gallery (3rd floor, South Building) at MassArt, filmmaker Kevin Sweet is orchestrating an { installation | performance | workshop } that is part of his Intervals series. Experience some of his completed 16mm multi-projector loops and create your own (or […]

Installation: Reflective Space

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I’m going to be taking an intensive two-week course over the winter-intersession at MassArt called Installation: Reflective Space. I’m wondering if there are other media makers in the Boston area that would be interested in taking this class with me?

Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema

Among my favorite books is Gene Youngblood’s Expanded Cinema, in spite of originally being published in 1970, it still offers a fresh perspective on the possibilities of new media art. Imagine a collection of essays that takes Youngblood’s book as a starting point. Well, here you have it! Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema, edited by Janine […]

Cartographies of Time

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I love St. Mark’s Bookshop, every time I go to New York I make it a point to make the trek to Third Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets and spend time browsing there, especially through the new book section, where I came across Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg […]

Cinema will eventually become a flexible means of writing

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In 1948 Alexandre Astruc, a filmmaker and theorist, suggested the notion of caméra-stylo (camera pen) in his essay, “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo,” which appears in the book, The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks (Edited by Ginette Vincendeau and Peter Graham, British Film Institute, 2009). This essay has become a classic among […]

Digital imaging throws documentary into ontological crisis

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Scholars have long discussed the ambiguity and subjectivity inherent in photographic representation with its seductive verisimilitude. Bill Mitchell’s The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (The MIT Press, 1992), the first book-length critical analysis of the digital imaging revolution, can easily be read with the addition of some interpretive and translative filtration as […]

Memory and the end of reality

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The transformation from media as a form of cultural production to media as entertainment has lead us into a crisis as we enter the fifth phase of history. Marshall McLuhan (1962, 2005) divided history in four phases: 1. culture of oral communication, 2. manuscript culture, 3. the Gutenberg galaxy, and 4. the electronic age. The […]