Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30 (Unless otherwise noted)
Series sponsored by Broome County Arts Council
All artists will be on hand to present their works.
Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick will be traveling through the New York area in early November ’08 showing and talking about his films. He will be presenting a collection of recent short works, including the brand-spanking new Light Tiger Eye, as well as the regional premieres of The Problem with Machines that Communicate (2008, 13 minutes) and clips from his on-going installation project Future So Bright. He will also be available for lectures and work-shops.
The Problem with Machines that Communicate, which made it’s world premiere at the 2008 South x Southwest Film Festival, is an experimental narrative that examines three lonely characters interacting with technology in a world that otherwise doesn’t seem to notice them. Don is a custodian who is never taken seriously, George is a very old man exploring the vivid detail of the world around him, and Hazel is an office worker who is desperate to engage in real conversation. But while each struggle with traditional forms of communication, the inadvertent by-products of their loneliness produces entirely new, abstract forms of communication. Features Marty Crandall, Elyse Sewell, and George Andrus.
Future So Bright is an art project mapping and cataloging the abandoned relics of American western expansion. First exhibited at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and recently included in the curated portion of Art Basil Miami Beach, it is a series of film installations that detail and document abandoned structures in the American west. Captured on 16mm film and then transferred to digital video, the images create a visual time capsule of forgotten and disregarded spaces, many of which are quickly being reclaimed by nature or new development. Future So Bright examines the disposable mentality of American Western expansion and creates a catalog of the forgotten spaces and abandoned relics that are quickly disappearing.
Matt McCormick is an acclaimed artist and filmmaker whose success spans both the art and independent film worlds. He has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, has had work exhibited at Art Basil, The Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art, and his film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal was named a ‘Top 10 film of 2002’ by both Art Forum Magazine and the Village Voice. He has also directed music videos for The Shins, Sleater- Kinney, and YACHT, while also collaborating on projects with artists such as Miranda July, James Mercer, Patton Oswalt, and Calvin Johnson. Matt also won a 2007 Rosey Award for a series of global warming public service announcements he directed for MTV. Matt is also the founder of both the internationally recognized video distribution label Peripheral Produce and the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival; Portland’s premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema.
Shana Moulton will present a selection of videos and performances from the ongoing series 'Whispering Pines'"
Shana Moulton creates evocatively oblique narratives in her video and performance works. Combining an unsettling, wry humor with a low-tech, Pop sensibility, Moulton plays a character whose interactions with the everyday world are both mundane and surreal, in a domestic sphere just slightly askew. As her protagonist navigates the enigmatic and possibly magical properties of her home decor, Moulton initiates relationships with objects and consumer products that are at once banal and uncanny. Shana Moulton works in video and performance. Moulton studied at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, where she received her MFA. Moulton has also recently attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and studied at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Her video work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at The Armory Show Art Fair, New York; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Loop '05 Video Festival, Barcelona; Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris; Aurora, Edinburgh; Dark Light Festival, Dublin; Impakt Festival, Utrecht; Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen; Canada Gallery, New York; and Bellwether, New York. Moulton currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Dennis' work interfaces alternative film processes, non-fiction and invented content, with expanded digital technology; she recently released a DVD of experimental-bio shorts on Emma Goldman.
Ghen Dennis's work has appeared at festivals and venues such as The Chicago and New York Underground Festivals, San Francisco Cinematheque, and Intermedia Arts. She has received artistic support from Film in the Cities, The Experimental Television Center, Hallwalls, and NYSCA.
After completing her graduate degree in 1996, Dennis worked as the Program Director at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY where she managed media labs, curated screenings, and designed artist residency projects through the NEA and MacArthur Foundation. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1991.
Dennis' essays on media art are published in The Independent, Artvoice, Flaherty Seminar Journal, and in a forth-coming book edited by Keith Sanborn and Peggy Ahwesh. She was a visiting film professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2004, and currently teaches new media at York College.
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