Thursday, 7 October 2010

Sigrid Sandstrom vs. Eamon O'Kane

Friday, 7 August 2009

Jonas Mekas

Seminal filmmaker Jonas Mekas on 'changing one's mind'. This is an excerpt from his 365 Films project, dated June 17, 2007. His website is pretty great, though downloads aren't free. (Look for the Tarkovski Out takes)
Thanks Microcinema International.

Friday, 24 July 2009

David Horvitz has a show at 2nd Cannon Publications in LA - centered on a video titled Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film.
In 2007 a video of a few second black and white film was uploaded to Youtube with the title, "Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film." The black and white film depicted a figure biking into the ocean. The posting claimed that the film was found in Ader's locker at UC Irvine after his disappearance at sea in 1975, and that the film was assumed unusable because it abruptly runs out just as the figure enters the water. Responding to a complaint by a thirdparty, Youtube deleted the posted video, saying that "this material is infringing."
The best part is that the video was presumably pulled because Horvitz's post claimed association with (and therefore the blessings of) Patrick Painter Gallery, which represents Ader's estate. A bold inclusion that supported the film's claims of authenticity.
Horvitz's 5+ second film is a grainy, cutting-room-floor clip of a lanky figure on a bicycle pedaling into the surf, instantly succumbing to the difficulty of aqua-dynamics. It's long enough to see that the effort is futile, but short enough to leave the viewer wanting to see how far he gets.

The video's text:
A newly rediscovered film by artist, Bas Jan Ader. This was found at UC Irvine where he was teaching. It is believed this work was disregarded by the artist because the film runs out just as he enters the ocean. A new official limited edition of this piece will be available soon.

So the very question of 'authenticity' is a huge facet of Ader's work - i.e. authenticity of visual signifiers (emotion) - in this case, questions are raised about all the posthumous editioning of work previously unreleased. Most of Patrick Painter's BJA offerings carry the suspicious '/' - like, "EDITION OF 3 (1973/2005)". It's kind of a shame, the posthumously-editioned works seem to echo BJA's contemporaries' work - neons or repetitive-action films (Naumann and McCarthy) - and really just seem like filler next to his seminal film works and installations that are so seductive.

I say that like they're not still awesome.

2nd Cannon website - Thanks Bert!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Instant nostalgia:
We have hundreds of digitals pics that we don't know what to do with, and now that Polaroid is a thing of the past, why not go for the washed-out, greenish Polaroid look, sans the waving, rubbing and otherwise useless efforts to get the thing to develop.

Now we can get our fix at Poladroid, a new site dedicated to turning all your pristine digital photographs into terrible-looking, but nostalgic versions of their former selves.

Flickr albums here.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Bas Jan Ader documentary on DVD

I just received my copy of Bas Jan Ader's documentary from AgitPop (!)-
Cult Epics and Agitpop Media proudly present Here Is Always Somewhere Else, the critically acclaimed documentary about enigmatic Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975), whose daring conceptual performances culminated in his mysterious disappearance at sea.

Film about the life and work of Dutch/Californian conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 disappeared under mysterious circumstances at sea in the smallest boat ever to cross the Atlantic. As seen through the eyes of fellow emigrant filmmaker Rene Daalder, the picture becomes a sweeping overview of contemporary art films as well as an epic saga of the transformative powers of the ocean. Featuring artists Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Marcel Broodthaers, Ger van Elk, Charles Ray, Wim T. Schippers, Chris Burden, Fiona Tan, Pipilotti Rist and many others.