Ellen Lake
Since 2008
Works in Oakland, California United States of America

Ellen Lake received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, film & video, and installation. She is currently working on a body of work incorporating images from cell phone digital media with clips from 16 mm films from the 1930s and 40s. She is the recipient of Bay Area Video Coalition’s 2005 Mediamaker Award. Work from her newest series has been shown at Crawl Space, Heaven Gallery, Walker Art Center, Aurora Picture Show, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, MadCat Film Festival, CyberArts Festival and Axiom Gallery. Additional work has been shown internationally at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Center for Digital Art in Holon, Israel.
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minutopia new actualities for a new world

Sat May 31, 2008 00:00

COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art presents

minutopia new actualities for a new world

project summary
minutopia new actualities for a new world celebrates the magic and mystery of our viewable world through new artist-made documentaries that creatively explore in minutiae the familiar marvels of our contemporary age. Extending the rich legacy of cinema’s earliest documentary achievements, these new “actualities” offer vivid examples of the hidden poetry and lyricism found in our waking life. Crowds, street-scenes, animals, tasks, transportation, nature, art and architecture - plus curious oddities and events all unfold to offer unexpected insight or passing fancy to audiences of all ages. minutopia visitors may enhance their viewing experience through a customized viewing port stationed within the glorious rustic setting of San Francisco’s historical Presidio Parklands area. Viewings are ongoing and free - with additional educational presentations, materials, and special events included. minutopia is central film programming for Silver Sun Illuminating the Splendor of the Silent Screen presented by COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art www.cocanow.org

call for new actualities!

1 minute maximum duration
documentary, journalistic, reportage, experimental/personal-poetic documentary ok
digi, video, or film ok
color, toned, tinted, or black & white ok
intertitles or subtitles optional
silents only
new works only, to be premiered through minutopia
open to artists from all countries

All new works selected for minutopia to be part of ongoing screenings and central programming Silver Sun Illuminating the Splendor of the Silent Screen. Selections are based on artistic quality, innovation, composition, and fluidity. Special attention will be paid to works that display strong connectivity to minutopia source material, chiefly: turn-of-the-century actualities. Names of artists will be included on all outgoing promotional and educational materials for Silver Sun. All new works will be sequenced and edited to one disc with credits and subtle ambient soundtrack provided by COCA. Selected artists will receive free promotional materials before project launch, plus a complete minutopia disc to produce your own optional minutopia screening events during the month of the September. Scheduling information/details for all minutopia screenings will be listed on the silversun blog http://silversunscreen.blogspot.com and promoted through various means

For inspiration and info regarding actualities, see

•minutopia format: DVD, region1 (up to 4 different submissions per artist accepted)
•subject matter (4 sentence max)
•artist name
•artist location & bio (4 sentence max)
•artist website (if any)

mail your minutopia DVD & information to

Ellen Lake
609 56th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

For return of any items, please include a SASE (self-address stamped envelope)

postmark deadline
May 31, 2008

notification date
June 16, 2008


minutopia new actualities for a new world is an original project developed by Elliot Lessing & Ellen Lake for COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art as part of Silver Sun Illuminating the Splendor of the Silent Screen featuring a new place-making sculpture by Scotland-based artist Emma Butler-Cole Aiken

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