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Telephonic Art @ Pacific Film Archive

Hi. This is a very cool two-night series organized by Steve Seid of the
PFA/ Berkeley Art Museum. I'll be performing a monologue of sorts, called
"What My Telephones New About Me," on the first night (Weds 11/16) and
there are many other great artists (Andy Warhopl, Christian Marclay, Lee
Walton, Jon Brumit, Golan Levin, Chris Sollars, and others) throughout the
two nights…


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From: Steve Seid <seidtrak@berkeley.edu>
Date: Nov 10, 2005 5:54 PM
Subject: Answer that phone…

Pacific Film Archive presents:
BUSY SIGNALS: TELEPHONIC ART IN MOTION
A two-part series: Wed Nov 16 & Wed Nov 30

Bring Your Camera Phones!

Though classified as a communications device, the telephone really is an
instrument of culture. The phone has always shaped the way people relate
by collapsing distance, reinventing conversation, even questioning the
notion of privacy. But in recent years, especially with the advent of the
cell phone, this device has been at the hub of a lively and inventive
commerce in data delivery, fashion, recreation, intercourse, and even art.
Now we have miniaturized movies dropped into waiting receivers; camera
phones uploading stills to Web storage; ringtones merchandised as personal
branding; text messaging coming on like a poetry slam. As usual, artists
have answered the call, wringing minimalist melody from polyphonics,
disrupting the everyday with creative pranks, or simply investigating the
meaning of messages from nowhere. Join us for two evenings of Busy
Signals: toney performance, cellular trickery, and films about phones. We
promise, not a single wrong number.

Wed Nov 16
7:30 Rotary
Live Performance by Marisa Olson.


Andy Warhol's riotous 1973 quasi-TV show Phoney stars his Factory
luminaries, while Christian Marclay's Telephones stars just about everyone
famous as he pillages Hollywood films for a montage about the anxiety of
human intercourse. Also, works from the British Pocket Shorts, and a live
telephonic performance by Marisa Olson. Plus many surprises!

***
On both evenings, Benjamin Hill and Carrie Burgener from UC Berkeley's
School of Information Management and Systems will involve us in a
projected mosaic using your camera phone images as raw material.
***

Second week:
Wed Nov 30
7:30 Touchtone
Live Performance by Jon Brumit.


Some filmmakers are closet phonephreaks, and tonight's program brings them
out of the phone booth: works by Eric Saks, Chris Sollars, Golan Levin,
Lee Walton, and others. Composer Jon Brumit will conduct live telephonic
musical auditions. Once again, bring your camera phones for a projected
mosaic using your images.


The Pacific Film Archive theater is located at 2575 Bancroft Way, one
block east of Telegraph Avenue, in Berkeley. for more info: 510.642.1412.




Steve Seid
Video Curator
Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250
510/642-5253
www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/index.html

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