Third Annual Migrating Forms Festival

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Migrating Forms returns this week with its third annual festival, running Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 29th at Anthology Film Archives in New York. Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry have selected new work by more than 48 artists representing a broad spectrum of contemporary film and video practices, retrospective screenings, and special guest curated programs. Here are a few highlights to look forward to:


Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM
Popular Unrest (60 min., Canada/UK/USA 2010) dir. Melanie Gilligan

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM
Group Program 1
The Yellow Bank (30 min., USA/China, 2010) dir. J.P. Sniadecki
Tokyo-Ebisu (5 min., Japan, 2010) dir. Tomonari Nishikawa
Track One (2 min., Taiwan/USA, 2011) dir. eteam
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails (14 min., USA/Brazil, 2010) dir. Fern Silva

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM
Holidays in the Sun: Cynthia Maughan (70 min.) dir. Cynthia Maughan

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM
Group Program 4
The Writer in Residence (3 min., UK, 2010) dir. Stephen Sutcliffe
Art Tape: Live With / Think About (3 min., USA, 2011) dir. Michael Bell-Smith
I, Popeye (6 min., USA, 2010) dir. Takeshi Murata
Your Life/Your Language (7 min., USA, 2010) dir. Jacob Ciocci
The Galactic Pot Healer (9 min., USA, 2010) dir. Shana Moulton
The Artist (10 min., UK, 2010) dir. Laure Prouvost
Versions (9 min., Germany, 2011) dir. Oliver Laric

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM
The Art of the Supercut (40 min., video)
Re-edit master and pop culture parser Rich Juzwiak (fourfour.typepad.com, VH1) presents a program of his influences and favorites. Followed by a screening of Curt Hanks epic Star Wars: Chewbacca Supercut

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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Katheleen Daniel's (Silicious) Video Art

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More on Duh-Real and Computers Club. Interview with DIS. Petra Cortright's 2007 interview with Katheleen Daniel for Rhizome.

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Le Révélateur - Bleu Nuit (2011) / Video by Sabrina Ratté

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Bleu Nuit is made using video feedbacks as basic material. Through various processes of image manipulations, colors emerged from electronic light to create improbable landscapes. It is also a collaboration with Le Révélateur, who’s music was the primal inspiration for the completion of this video. Bleu Nuit is a track from Le Révélateur's forthcoming LP on Gneiss Things, Fictions. - DIAMOND VARIATIONS

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Thumbnail Video of Archive Team Google Videos Project

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Google Video Scraping Thumbnails by Perfinion

Video consists of one frame of each of the videos saved by a member of the Archive Team (via Nic Alderton.)

Google Videos content is no longer available for playback. The company has migrated videos to YouTube, after originally announcing on April 15th that users would be responsible for immediate content backup pending deletion. The Archive Team, lead by Jason Scott (textfiles), worked to download as many videos as possible in the meantime. Here's a recent interview with Scott on the CBC radio program Spark.

via upcoming Seven on Seven participant Andy Baio.

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TV Segment on Pioneering Filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute

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In 1999, British TV series The Dope Show profiled experimental animator Mary Ellen Bute (1906—1983.) Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker (who has since collaborated with Martin Scorsese on dozens of films) is interviewed. Also look for a young "Ronnie Walken," who appeared in one of her live-action films before changing his name to Christopher.

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SSLEEPERHOLD - Ashes (2011) / Video directed by Seth Nemec

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"Ashes" by SSLEEPERHOLD from the forthcoming album on Living Tapes. Produced and recorded by Jose Cota. Video directed by Seth Nemec.

This video was created with Paik-Abe raster manipulation unit, Brewster analog modular synthesizer, Hitachi vectorscope, Panasonic CCTV camera, Processing 1.2.1, Final Cut Pro. Produced at the Experimental Television Center.

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Required Reading: From the VCR to YouTube: An Interview with Lucas Hilderbrand by Henry Jenkins

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What happened before YouTube?

It's a question we've addressed here many times before. Many different histories lead to our current moment of video sharing and DIY media-making -- some subcultural (the history of fandom and a range of other communities of practice which are generating new content), some economic, some technological. Lucas Hilderbrand, author of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright, holds some critical pieces of the puzzle, writing with historiographical sophistication about the emergence of video as a technology and as set of cultural practices, about the debates it sparked especially around shifts in control over production and distribution, about the communities which formed around the sharing of tapes, and about how all of this looks forward to contemporary digital practices. It is a book which raises vital questions and provides a rich historical context for our current debates.

As someone who lived through the era when the VCR was launched, the book brought back many memories of things I had almost forgotten about the dramatic adjustments which the culture made to this transformative and transgressive technology. Working through the book for an interview, I was struck by the fact that I, like many other instructors, have had very little to say about videotape in my current course on new media and culture, something I will work on the next time I teach it.

Given my enthusiasm for this book, I was delighted to be able to interview Hilderbrand and share with you his own reflections on the ways the history of video can help us to understand some contemporary media developments.

-- FROM THE INTRODUCTION TO "FROM THE VCR TO YOUTUBE: AN INTERVIEW WITH LUCAS HILDERBRAND" BY HENRY JENKINS

[READ PART ONE]

[READ PART TWO]

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Video Roundup: Severed Heads

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Severed Heads on ABC Television's program "Edge of the Wedge" in 1986

Originally founded in 1979 by Richard Fielding, Andrew Wright and Tom Ellard, Severed Heads was an electronic group based in Sydney. They used synthesizers, tape loops, and an array of electronics to yield a distinctive sound, one which could most easily be described as industrial music, which later developed into abstract pop. While the lineup changed over the years, Tom Ellard has been the main continuing force in the group, up until his announcement of its end in 2008. In 1983, Severed Heads began integrating live video in their performances, which became a mainstay in their work. This post collects videos of the group, the majority of which date from the early 1980s, and many of which document their use of video synthesizers. For more information about everything Severed Heads, check Ellard's official site.


Below: Videos of a live set performed on Metro TV, a community video center, in 1982. The video synthesizer used here was developed by Stephen Jones.



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Mane Mane - Twinkle Sr (2011) / Video directed by Aaron Katsnelson

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[BEST IN FULL SCREEN]

Originally from Altered Zones

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EAI in Times Square

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Takeshi Murata, EAI 40th Anniversary Intro 2011, 1:04 min, color, sound

From April 13 - 19, as part of their 40th anniversary programming, the Electronic Art Intermix (EAI) will organize a special project in Time Square. Partnering with the Times Square Alliance and MTV, EAI will be showing a program of video works on MTV's MTV 44½'s large-format LED screen. The selected pieces by Vito Acconci, Dan Asher, Phyllis Baldino, Dara Birnbaum, Gary Hill, Shigeko Kubota, Takeshi Murata, Nam June Paik, Martha Rosler, Stuart Sherman and William Wegman span EAI's 40 year history and are only a fragment of EAI's vast archive.

The videos will play at the top of each hour, between noon and 4pm and between 6pm and 11pm. On Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 the complete program (25:16 min) will also play at noon.

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