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  • #Antimedia by Florian Cramer [#geekgirl]

    Anti-Media by Florian Cramer

    “Anti-Media” Book Cover

    “The Cover of Florian Cramer’s new book is, in short, beautiful (and us posting this here has *absolutely nothing* to do with the fact he devotes an entire section of the book to discussing a work by our Creative Director…*cough*…).”

  • Mark Amerika public lecture: Nov 15 #Melbourne #remixthecontext #transmedia #geekgirl

    Mark Amerika public lecture and conversation with Dan Angeloro (Sodajerk)

    The Centre for Creative Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, La Trobe University invite you to a public lecture:  Mark Amerika: “Remixthecontext: the transmedia artist in network culture”

    The lecture will be followed by a Conversation between Mark Amerika and Dan Angeloro (Soda_Jerk)

    When: 15 November 2011, 6.30pm
    Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria, Melbourne

    Remix is a widespread practice of recombining existing material to make something new —including covers, sampling, mash-ups, smash-ups, cut-ups. Mark Amerika looks at how new media artists, many of whom identify with the historical avant-garde, are expanding the forms of remix art to foreground an anti-disciplinary [anti-authoritarian + interdisciplinary] approach to both contemporary practice and theory. Amerika will discuss his experimental art, theory, and pedagogy, including his recent projects Immobilité and remixthebook.

    Mark Amerika is a cult novelist, media theorist, web publisher, VJ artist, and remix artist. He has been named a “Time Magazine 100 Innovator” as part of their continuing series of features on the most influential artists, scientists, entertainers and philosophers into the 21st century. Amerika is widely exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at major art galleries and biennales. He is Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Principal Research Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

    Dan Angeloro is one half of Soda_Jerk, a collaboration working together since 2002. In their video installations and performance lectures, Soda_Jerk work with audiovisual samples to create speculative narratives that interrogate historical events and cultural trajectories. Soda_Jerk are the recipients of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and a 2011 British Council Realise Your Dream Award.

    For futher information, please contact
    Norie Neumark, Director, Centre for Creative Arts
    or Natalie Pirotta, Coordinator, Centre for Creative Arts


  • Maya Deren’s films screened with experimental live soundtracks #Melbourne #geekgirl



    Five of Melbourne’s best experimental acts have organised the opportunity to see them play new soundtracks live to the films of Maya Deren.

    Maya Deren was the first lady of avant-garde film making in the 1940’s and 1950’s, not only a filmmaker in her own right but also collaborating with the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Antony Tudor. Her films are a wonderfully textured and moodily lit black and white and deal with themes such as ritual, movement, violence and beauty.

    On 4th September  Occult Blood, Rottuer, Siilt, Electronic Shaman and Abre Ojos will play their own unique soundtracks to her films,
    including improvisations between Occult Blood and Rotteur, – Sillt, Electronic Shaman and Abre Ojos.

    The films screened are:

    Occult Blood: At Land
    Rotteur: Ritual in Transfigured Time
    Electronic Shaman: Meshes of The Afternoon
    Siilt: Meditation on Violence
    Abre Ojos: The Very Eye of Night

    With collaboration performances to:
    Witches Cradle and an edited version of Divine Horsemen- The Living
    Gods of Haiti

    Occult Blood: noise wall degrading tape loops vocals to resurrect Maya herself
    Rottuer: Rotteur makes cold, desolate soundscapes, haunted by droning machinery and sparse abstracted electronics.
    Electronic Shaman: follower of the left hand path delivers resonance from the forgotten tombs of the old ones and stygian vistas of distant worlds
    Siilt: siilt is dusty voltage-controlled atmospheres and loops by s.klein, also of Terminal Sound System (Extreme Music, AU) and HALO
    (Relapse Records, USA).
    Abre Ojos: is improvised sound and vision for dystopian meditation

    Saturday 4th September
    Doors open 2.00pm at Loop Bar 23 Meyers Place Melbourne, Tix $10 full/ $5 Conc.

  • Len Lye at ACMI

    Discover the art of Len Lye (1901 – 1980), one of the most radical creative minds of the modern age. This unforgettably exuberant exhibition surveys his work across film, sculpture, painting, poetry and more. Exploding with kaleidoscopic colour and pulsing with rhythmic beats, the exhibition is the largest survey of Len Lye’s work ever presented.

    New Zealand-born Len Lye is a seminal figure in the history of the moving image. In his early twenties, Lye travelled throughout the South Pacific, and lived for extended periods in Australia and Samoa. Moving to London in the twenties, and then New York in the forties, Len Lye’s career unfolded amidst avant garde modernism on the international stage.

    Drawing from the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive, the exhibition combines artworks with rarely-seen biographical ephemera, concept drawings and other working materials, many on public display for the first time.

    Beginning in the 1930s, Len Lye made films without a camera, applying hand-painted imagery directly to the film strip. Combining these vibrant abstractions with rhythmic Cuban jazz, works such as A Colour Box (1935) and Rainbow Dance (1936) have become touchstones for the medium of film as an artistic expression.

    Exhibition runs until Sunday 11 October 2009
    Open daily 10am – 6pm
    Free admission

    ACMI has created a workshop called Scratch it, which demonstrates how Len Lye created abstract films – called ‘direct films’ – by scratching patterns and marks directly onto celluloid.

    With about 15 seconds of film stock, you’ll create a short sequence in this workshop that, when spliced together with sections created by other participants, will form a large collaborative and abstract film.

    SCRATCH IT (workshop)
    Sun 23 Aug 2009, 1pm-4pm
    location: Studio 1, ACMI, Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia
    admission: Free

  • Green is in art

    Green Platform takes a complex critical view designed to examine at stake in an interdisciplinary fashion the issue of the environment in the dual sense of a crisis in our thermo-industrial society based on non-renewable sources of energy and of an ecological crisis caused by pollution and by the worrying overheating of our planet.

    The environment theme is quite in fashion, and here is a new version: artists from various horizons have developed their creations based on this theme in an area bathed in artificial light. There is Amy Balkin, who bought a piece of land along the California highway to turn it into an international ecologic area; Lucy and Jorge Orta, who created an installation on water, as well as Michele Dantini, whose study subject is the pipeline in Chad and wrote a real-false diary. These artists who are active in this register are very close to politics. They tackle questions directly, such as the exhaustion of resources, global warming or the loss of biodiversity.

  • Green Platform at the centro di Cultura Contemporanea, Palazzo Strozzi, until 19 July 2009
  • Green Platform website

  • OtherFilm

    OtherFilm is a hybrid arts collective based in Brisbane, Australia dedicated to avant-garde, experimental, abstract, expanded and other cinemas. OtherFilm host regular screening programs, performance events, exhibitions, workshops, articles, research, discussions and arguments, as well as a bi-annual ‘expanded cinema’ festival.
    These diverse programs offer up a short but sweet taste of both historical and contemporary movements in the dynamic, demanding, engaging and exciting Australian film scene.
    All films from the historical program are shown on 16mm, prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, and courtesy of the artists. All videos in the contemporary program are presented in digital formats, courtesy of the artists.