Lol My big secret all year is that i have been in an avant garde film before! haha It was for one of my good friends and he final grad assignment. It uses a lot of the techniques we’ve learned all year. Enjoy
H2O is a 12 minute film from 1929 by Ralph Steiner. This film was all about aqua! i was once in a film made by a grad student which used the water in a simular way. This form of liquid perception really gives a cool element to films. I’m not too hot on it being the entire film though.
Moods of the Sea is a 9 minute film from 1942 by John Hoffman and Vorkapich Slavko. This film really emcompasses what its like to be around the sea! I really liked the shots of the birds and large waves as they crashed with the music!
The reflecting pool is a 7 minute film by Bill Viola. This film was made with a really cool concept of water reflection. The various shots of people both on the water and out were very interesting to see. the sound of the water was very calming as well. i’m glad he didn’t use any music but more of a sound scape.
Waving is a film from 1987 by Ann Marie Flemming. This is one of the more personal projects i’ve seen. I enjoyed this a lot because we don’t often get direct narratives from the film maker. The added video of the girl drowning really pushed how deeply she felt about her grandmother and the pain she is encountering.
Lost avenues is a 6 minute film from 1991. This reminded me of the found footage works we saw earlier in the semester. i really didn’t see any congruency in the various shots but it was interesting none the less. I like the colors used and bloches on the screen.
Comingled Containers is a 3 minute film from 1996 by Stan Breakhage. Breakhage has become one of my favorite directors to watch. Each time his work is clear and very interesting. In this film my i really liked the light images. his shots of water where cool too, throughout this exploration of liquid perception i really noticed how many differnt shades of blue people can pull out of water.
Light is calling is an 8 minute film from 2004 by Bill Morrison. This may have became one of my new favorites. i really liked the appearing and dis appearing images in the brown screen. I wonder how he did this and how long it took him. I specifically liked the quick shots of animals.
Infinity Kisses is a 9 minute film from 2008 by Carolee Schneemann. This film made me laugh so hard. Its just a bunch of pictures of a lady kissing her cat. I almost feel like tanya played a joke on the class in the end like after all we’ve seen we end with this! haha but still its been a fun ride with avant garde and i’m so excited to continue my exploration.
While i’m posting album covers i thought i’d share with the class my album cover! I’ve been so inspired by avant garde cinema and everything that i’ve learned! Its helped my craft so much and i feel like i’ve grown more as an artist.
A MOVIE. is a 1958 film by Bruce Conner. This film was fun to watch because of all the quick action shots. The dead elephant was sad but the shots of the starving children made me re asses my morals. The theme of the film was hard to figure out but maybe it was merley what its titled.
Screet Crocodiles is a film from 1987 by Brothers Quay. The brothers obviusly have a couple screws loose! it reminded me of a darker version of toy story how all the differnt things in the shop came to life! My favorite was the light bulb man!
Science Friction is a film by Stan Vanderbeek from 1959. This film was interesting to say the least. throughout my exploration of the avant garde community i’ve found many differnt meanings out of the films we’ve viewed but this one was very strange to me. Although the camera work was done well and i like that the viewer never can fell comfortable throughout the whole work.
Permutations is a 1966 film by John Whitney. This was a fun film to watch. Like i’ve said before I do a lot of performing at differnt venue’s and often i have a projection behind me. with that said this film would be a great visual to have at a show! The different lights and colors were very enjoyable.
Scan Processor Studies is a collection of works by Woody Vasulka and Brian O’Reily. This was so dope! I can’t lie and say i totally understand what i’ve seen but i know i like it. it reminded me of the ‘Joy Division’ album cover(picture above) .
Watch is a film by David Rokeby. This film was interesting to me because of its nature. It was cool to see the motions and stillness on a street corner and it made me think of things i usually don’t. It really struck me when they commented on the homeless and why people honestly do not see the them while passing by. The white on black was a nice touch and made it very unique.
Cheap imitation is a 2 minute film by David Rokeby made in 2002. The patterning in this film was fun to watch. When i viewed it i saw it in a room with 3 of my friends 2 of which enjoy avant garde films. i was surprised that my friend who doesn’t like these type of films actually sat through it. I really liked the colors throughout it as well.
Making Eyes is a film from 2010 by Douglas gordon. This film was unsettling to me. The entire film reminded me of the iconic eye scene in un chien andelou! My grandma used to say the eyes are the window to the soul, and throughout the film i got overwhelmed. I also need to stop watching these films in the middle of the night by myself…or should i? haha with that said it was a very original swing on a very used concept.
Shout was a film from 1966 by Jeff Perkins. i feel like the over all theme of this film was anger. The arguing men could have really just symbolized the manner in which people treat each other. i need to work on my own tone, sometimes i can be really short with people.
One Fluxus is a film from 1965 by Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono could literally do whatever she wants. This film is just a match burning but because its miss Ono its worth while. I don’t really like it because i feel like she just did it because she could not to necessarily make a statement or for any meaning.
Entrance to Exit is a 6 minute film from 1965 by George Brecht. I didn’t like this film because of the nature of this type of art. I never understood pieces of art with blank screens or just one color. I guess its a form of minimalist art? But if anyone has a meaning for this please shed some light on it for me.
Artype is a 3 minute film from 1966 by George Maciunas. This film was dope to see because of the various patterns throughout the film. for some i can understand how the flashing lights could be annoying or hard to watch, but this film would be a perfect background for a projection at a concert.
Snowblind is a 5 minute film from 1968 by Hollis Frampton. This was a film of a sculpture that Frampton made. The sculpture resembles a cage of some sort. Throughout the film frampton and other characters make appearances inside of the cage. maybe this piece could be about caged thinking and how people only see small opportunities for themselves.
Maxwell’s Demon is a 3 minute film also by Frampton. This film seemed more like and instructional exercise video than an art piece. I didn’t understand the over all meaning of the film although it was a nice break from other very intense films we often watch. The best part of this film to me was the colors in between exercises, it reminded me of wrapping paper.
Remedial Reading comprehension is a 4 minute film from 1970 by George Landow. The major theme of this film is that it is about us as a viewer. This is shown because the words “This film is about you” are shown in bold text. Then a man who resembles jesus is shown running. I watched it a couple times with and without sound and it was interesting how the film affected be differently in both viewings.
Tails is a 3 minute film from 1976 by Paul Shartis. This was just a film of various images on film strips. It was cool to see because it gave me a sense of insight to a another way to watch a film. Some of the images shown were cool too my favorite being the purple face.
Wavelength for those who do not have the time is a 15 min film from 2003. A big part that i feel distracted me from the film was the high pitched sound that encompassed the film. But once again i watched it once fully with the sound and again in parts without and it was much more tolerable without. I liked the setting and the colors used to change it.