Jack Smith: Wait For Me at the Bottom of The Pool: The Writings of Jack Smith (1997)

17 August 2017, dusan

“During thirty years of activity as a filmmaker, photographer and performer, Jack Smith produced a body of creative, antic writing that intersects and transcends the genres of hothouse fantasy, criticism and social comment. Bringing together long unavailable essays, performance scripts, interviews and other material, Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool reveals the ideas and personality of an artist whose distinctive vision has influenced generations of filmmakers and performance artists. With caustic wit, Smith praises the performances of Maria Montez as well as the sculpture of Walter de Maria, examines the cult success of Reefer Madness and the uses of pornography, and discusses the perils of democracy, the evils of property and the police state, art history and architecture.”

Edited by J. Hoberman and Edward Leffingwell
Publisher High Risk Books, with Institute of Contemporary Art/P.S. 1 Museum, New York, 1997
ISBN 1852424281, 9781852424282
177 pages

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Yvonne Rainer: Feelings Are Facts: A Life (2006)

26 July 2017, dusan

“In this memoir, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer traces her personal and artistic coming of age. Feelings Are Facts (the title comes from a dictum by Rainer’s one-time psychotherapist) uses diary entries, letters, program notes, excerpts from film scripts, snapshots, and film-frame enlargements to present a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist and woman in postwar America.

Rainer tells of a California childhood in which she was farmed out by her parents to foster families and orphanages, of sexual and intellectual initiations in San Francisco and Berkeley, and of artistic discoveries and accomplishments in the New York City dance world. Rainer studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham in the late 1950s and early 1960s, cofounded the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, hobnobbed with New York artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris (her lover and partner for several years), and Yoko Ono, and became involved with feminist and antiwar causes in the 1970s and 1980s. Rainer writes about how she constructed her dances—including The Mind Is a Muscle and its famous section, Trio A, as well as the recent After Many a Summer Dies the Swan—and about turning from dance to film and back to dance. And she writes about meeting her longtime partner Martha Gever and discovering the pleasures of domestic life.”

Publisher MIT Press, 2006
Writing Art series
ISBN 9780262182515, 0262182513
xvi+473 pages

Reviews: John Rockwell (NYT, 2006), Ian White (Afterall, 2007), Daniel Ross (Screening the Past, 2007), Deborah Jowitt (Dance Research, 2008).

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Ute Holl: Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics (2002/2017)

25 July 2017, dusan

“Ute Holl explores cinema as a cultural technique of trance, unconsciously transforming everyday spatio-temporal perception. The archaeology of experimental and anthropological cinema leads into psycho-physiological laboratories of the 19th century. Through personal and systematic catenations, avant-garde filmmaking is closely linked to the emerging aesthetics of feedback in cybernetic models of the mind developed at the same time. Holl analyses three major fields of experimental and anthropological filmmaking: the Soviet avant-garde with Dziga Vertov and his background in Russian psycho-reflexology and theory of trance; Jean Rouch and his theory of cine-trance and the feed-back; and the New American Cinema with Maya Deren and Gregory Bateson conceptualising the organisation of time, space, movement and feedback trance in anthropological filmmaking.”

First published as Kino, Trance und Kybernetik, Brinkmann & Bose, Berlin, 2002.

Translated by Daniel Hendrickson
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Recursions series
Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 License
ISBN 9789089646682, 908964668X
326 pages

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Eric Hynes: Neither/Nor: Chimeric Cinema, New York City, 1967-1968 (2013)

20 June 2017, dusan

“Chimeras have existed since the advent of film, a form that has always simultaneously offered to record and represent, to capture and simulate life. But as filmmaker Jim McBride says, “Something was in the air” in the mid-to-late 1960s, particularly in New York City, where the likes of McBride, William Greaves, D.A. Pennebaker, as well as transients Peter Whitehead and Jean-Luc Godard, were making gloriously uncategorizable works of cinematic art. It was a moment when everything and everyone seemed to be riding, or even embracing, the edge of things, when films and politics and morality suddenly seemed undefined, up for grabs, subject to reinvention. With the Civil Rights era giving way to Black Power, Kennedy idealism ceding to Johnson’s military morass, Beat Dadaism transforming into hippie agitation, and mod Godard morphing into Mao Godard, it was as if utopia and dystopia were both within reach—if not one and the same.” (from the Introduction)

Publisher True False & Ragtag Cinema, 2013
Open access
31 pages

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El medio es el diseño audiovisual (2007) [Spanish]

10 April 2017, dusan

“La Colección Editorial en Diseño Visual de la Facultad de Artes y Humanidades, es un proyecto propuesto por la Cátedra La Feria de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y producido por la IMAGOTECA, Centro de Documentación Visual, de la Universidad de Caldas. Su objeto es difundir el conocimiento en torno a las relaciones entre imágenes técnicas y lenguajes audiovisuales, el entrecruzamiento de la historia de los medios, los soportes y las tecnologías, y, por último, las prácticas de la creación y el diseño con medios audiovisuales. El propósito final es la difusión democrática del conocimiento en diseño y nuevos medios, en el contexto colombiano, donde la producción editorial en este campo es limitada.”

Autores: Roy Ascott, Hernando Barragán, Xavier Berenguer, Pierre Bongiovanni, Norbert Bolz, Rejane Cantoni, Walter Castañeda, Ricardo Cedeño, Michel Chion, Jean-Louis Comolli, Myriam Luisa Díaz, Philippe Dubois, Anne-Marie Duguet, Mauricio Duran Castro, Umberto Eco, Jean-Paul Fargier, Priscila Farías, Claudia Giannetti, Carmen Gil Vrolik, Jean-Luc Godard, Adriana Gómez Alzate, Olier Grau, Iliana Hernández García, Eduardo Kac, Jorge La Ferla, Pierre Lévy, Felipe Cesar Londoño López, Arlindo Machado, Lev Manovich, Christine Melo, Martha Patricia Niño, Nam June Paik, José Ramón Pérez Ornia, Omar Rincón, Nils Roller, Eduardo Russo, Carmelo Saitta, Lucia Santaella, María Teresa Santoro, Paula Sibilia, Bill Viola, Paul Virilio, Peter Weibel, Gerardo Yoel, Gene Youngblood, Siegfried Zielinski.

Edited by Jorge La Ferla
Publisher Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia, and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 2007
ISBN 9789588319056, 9588319056
700 pages
via editor

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