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Abandon Normal Devices (AND) [uk Manchester]

Abandon Normal Devices (AND)Festival of New Cinema & Digital Culture :; October 1-7, 2010 ::

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a new festival, taking place across the Northwest until 2012 and beyond. A catalyst for production and experimentation, AND invites us to consider what are our normal devices and how might we abandon them?

From October 1-7, 2010 AND ventures into Manchester for a hybrid undertaking of cinema, performance and media art. We invite anarchists of the imagination to challenge the behaviours and systems that define who we are, through politically deconstructed networks, archives and reconfigured stereotypes. Our identities will be contested by an array of thinkers, cultural provocateurs, designers, filmmakers and artists. Continue reading


Sep 27, 14:45
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On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a constructivist…

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a constructivist: Perry Bard’s The Man With the Movie Camera: The Global Remake by Seth Feldman, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media:

“Dziga Vertov has always had trouble remaining an historical figure. Having died in 1954, he became a participant in: Soviet cultural politics of the Khrushchev era; the founding of cinéma vérité; the American experimental cinema; Godard’s Groupe Dziga Vertov; and, more recently, Lev Manovich’s illustration of the language of new media. Continue reading


Sep 20, 18:20
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Dome Lab: Call for Entries

Dome Lab: Call for Entries — Deadline: September 3, 2010.

The emergence of ‘destination cinema’ and the proliferation of large-format screens in public spaces present a challenge – and opportunity – to filmmakers and artists working in more traditional screen formats. At the very least a new cinematic language is required, one taking account of the audience’s very different experience of stories presented on ‘frameless’ screens. Fulldome, with its hemispherical screens and surround-sound, is an accessible and powerful test-bed enabling filmmakers and artists to experiment with and develop this new language. Continue reading


Aug 3, 19:21
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Reblogged Bad at Sports: A Conversation with Jon Rafman


Nicholas O’Brien, Bad at Sports: A Conversation with Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman and I had a chance to catch up in Second Life last week and do a series of interviews that culminated in the above video (which contains NSFW graphic imagery near the end). We discuss his recent work and its relationship to cinema studies, as well as talk about how the work digests contemporary Modern experiences. Continue reading


May 12, 14:52
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“Sufferrosa” by Dawid Marcinkowski

Four years in the making, Sufferrosa is a non-linear, interactive web-based movie made by Dawid Marcinkowski (screenwriter, director, editor and designer) with help from an international group of filmmakers, musicians and artists. It is an experimental storytelling project combining cinema and the web.

The movie is a homage to Jean Luc Godard’s movie Alphaville (1965), W.J.Has’ cult-movie Manuscript found in Saragossa (1965), American film noir and the French writer Vernon Sullivan.

Sufferrosa is a satire of cult of beauty and youth in the present-day world. Do you remember the film Logan’s Run (1976), where everybody who is older than 30 gets exterminated? Probably our generation is not endangered by such experiments. Continue reading


Apr 26, 10:32
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Video Vortex Reader II: Open Call

Video Vortex Reader II :: Call for Contributions — DEADLINE: May 10, 2010.

In response to the increasing potential for video as a significant form of personal media on the Internet, the Video Vortex program examines key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video content. With the rise of YouTube and alternative platforms, the moving image on the Internet has become expansively more prominent and popular. As a wide range of technologies is now broadly available, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has reached a totally new dimension. Continue reading


Mar 8, 18:32
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The Material and the Code [us Chicago]

Cinema is dead; long live cinema (Peter Greenaway). How has the explosion of new media changed the ways we think about cinema, about questions of film aesthetics and film history? How can cinema studies contribute to the theory, analysis, and creative practice of new media? This two-day symposium seeks to stimulate a crossdisciplinary conversation on moving image culture that avoids both cinephile nostalgia and uncritical celebrations of media convergence.

The Material and the Code is a two-day symposium at the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center. It features a screening on February 26, and a full day of presentations on February 27.

The Material and the Code is dedicated to the memory of Anne Friedberg (1952-2009).


Feb 21, 17:09
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Live Stage: DarkMatr [be Brussels]

DarkMatr :: December 17-19, 2009; 2:00 – 7:00 pm :: Opening: December 16; 6:00 -9:00 pm :: iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, 30 quai des Charbonnages, 1080 Brussels.

After 2 residencies at iMAL and one year of work, Tom Heene and his colleagues artists, developers and scientists show the results of the research project DarkMatr. DarkMatr investigates the way virtual and physical data can be merged and presented in a total user experience. The resulting installation uses meaningful representations of web data so that we can empathize with. Taking place within an immersive environment, the visualization is lived as an interactive sensory experience, combining body movements to elements from the internet. Continue reading


Dec 12, 17:10
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blown up! Temporary Autonomous Classroom [fr Paris]

blown up! The Temporary Autonomous Classroom — an eventwork by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson :: Dates Below :: Mains d’Oeuvres, 1, rue Charles Garnier, 93 400 Saint-Ouen, Paris.

blown up! is an eventwork, mapping an investigation at once philosophical, cinematic and relational. In a manner similar to Antonioni’s film Blow-Up which follows a photographer’s quest to locate a body in a London park from a blow-up of a snapshot he has taken, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson explored 1970s video footage of Gilles Deleuze’s courses at the University of Vincennes to locate participants in the seminar who then became collaborators in their film, Facs of Life. Continue reading


Nov 28, 14:41
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Harun Farocki [de Köln]

Harun Farocki: Exhibition and Film Programme :: October 31, 2009 – March 7, 2010 :: Museum Ludwig
, Heinrich-Böll-Platz,
 50667 Köln
.

With this overview of the work of Harun Farocki (born 1944), Museum Ludwig continues its series highlighting important film makers whose work straddles both the exhibition space and the cinema. Selected video installations as well as the screening of his oeuvre in the museum cinema will give a new insight into the artist and film maker’s creative production. His cinematic enquiries into socio-political symptoms are coupled with questions about the circumstances in which cinematic images are produced and received. Continue reading


Oct 30, 12:31
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