Visiting Artists & Speakers Series

Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series

  • Location: Lecture Hall 6 (online during Spring 2021)
  • Time: 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Cinema Department & Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series.

                                            SPRING 2021

                  Binghamton University / Online Presentation / 7:30PM

                                      FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

                                                  Thursday  April 15


Curator Irina Leimbacher in attendance

PROGRAM: For Them Ending (16mm, 3 min., 2005) / Animals Moving to the Sound of Drums (16mm, 8 min., 2013) / Den of Tigers (16mm, 19 min., 2002) / Winter Beyond Winter (16mm, 11 min., 2016) / The Crack Up (16mm, 18 min., 2017) / A Leaf Is the Sea Is a Theater (16mm to digital, 17 min., 2017) / If the War Continues (16mm, 5 min., 2012) / New Year Sun (16mm, 3 min., 2010) TRT 84 min.

“Taking as their subjects childhood, the transience of seasons, and our shared mortality, the 16mm films of Jonathan Schwartz devote themselves to the ephemerality of external worlds and a gestural responsiveness to internal states. This program of six poetic films made over 15 years—combining cutout collage, lyrical camerawork, and elliptical editing—merge wonder and disquiet, elation and sorrow, moving from intimacies of fatherhood and love to contemplations of nature and culture.” — Irina Leimbacher

Jonathan Schwartz (1973-2018) was a prolific filmmaker whose work in 16mm regularly screened at venues such as New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde and Projections, TIFF’s Wavelengths, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Media City, Images Festival, among others. He received his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art where he studied under Mark Lapore, Erika Beckman and Saul Levine. Over the years he taught at the School of Museum of Fine Arts and MassArt in Boston and at Bennington College in Vermont. From 2008 to 2018 he was Associate Professor at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He lived in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Irina Leimbacher is an associate professor of film studies at Keene State College and former curator of a Flaherty Seminar. She is a regular contributor to Film Comment and currently working on a book on testimony in film. 

                                                   Thursday April 27  


                                                           Artist in attendance

PROGRAM: The Quilpo Dreams Waterfalls (Super 8, 11 min., 2012) / Conjectures (Super 8, 4 min., 2013) / NN (16mm, 2:30 min., 2017) / Oaxaca Tohoku (35mm, 11:30 min., 2011) / Photooxidation (16mm, 13 min., 2013) / Fish Point (16mm, silent, 7 min., 2015) / Ceniza Verde (Green Ash) (35mm, silent, 10:30 min., 2019) TRT 60 min.

“The films of Pablo Mazzolo use the documentary method to cross the edges between the real and the dream. His films explore the specificity of film as a medium, to construct formal paradigms, where the kinetic image and sound constitute the same perceptive and different unit in each work.”   — Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

Pablo Mazzolo (Buenos Aires, 1976) is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he works as a filmmaker, mountaineer and teacher. He studied image and sound design at the University of Buenos Aires. His films have been widely exhibited in international festivals including NYFF's Views from the Avant-Garde, IFF Rotterdam, Viennale, Oberhausen Film Festival among others and have received awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Media City Film Festival and BAFICI. 

Co-sponsored by the Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series

INFO: 607 777 4998



FALL 2020 Binghamton University






 Artist in attendance

In a career spanning over 4 decades, video artist Peer Bode has created an extensive body of work that investigates electronic media events, active perception systems and culture. A graduate of Binghamton University’s Cinema Department, Bode studied with Ken Jacobs, Larry Gottheim, Nicholas Ray and Peter Kubelka, and later with Woody and Steina Vasulka, Paul Sharits, Tony Conrad and Hollis Frampton at SUNY Buffalo’s Media Study Program. Bode worked at the Experimental Television Center (ETC), which his lifelong mentor and friend Ralph Hocking established in Binghamton in 1970. At the ETC, Bode made his seminal early works while assisting and collaborating with the video artist and engineer David Jones, whose “Jones Frame Buffer” became a signature processor within Bode’s oeuvre. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including MoMA, Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Biennial, the European Media Art Festival (Germany), Impakt Film and Video Art Festival (the Netherlands), Viper Festival (Switzerland), among many others. A key figure of the Owego and Alfred schools of video arts, Bode headed the Video Arts Program at the School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University, where he co-founded the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA).


Part 1

Blue (4:50 min., 1975) / 100 Sec. Lumination (1:40 min., 1976) / Movements for Video, Dance and Music (11:44 min., 1976) / Camel With Window Memory (4:22 min., 1983) / Uber Organ (6 min., 2003) / Songs for Beijing (5:30 min., 2003)

Part 2

Wonderful Body Electric, Music, Writing, Data (4 min., 2013) / Harbin Infinite Write (15 min., 2016) / Turn You Change Direction (6:41 min., 2017) / Apparatus Part Two (6:06 min., 2020) / Apparatus Part One (7:40 min., 2020)

TRT 74 min.

Co-sponsored by the Cinema Department and Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series

Contact: Melissa (Missy) Miller - Secretary
Phone: 607-777- 4998

Past Visiting Artists/Speaker Series Events

  • Fall 2019

    Wednesday September 25,  2019
    Orgone Energy Accumulator by Kenneth White
    Lecture Hall B89
    Screening: WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Dušan Makavejev, 1971, 85 min)

    Cinema Prof. Kenneth White presents the Orgone Energy Accumulator, a mysterious device invented by the radical Freudo-Marxist Wilhelm Reich. Reich first designed the Accumulator in 1940, envisioning it as a kind of fallout shelter against rising fascism. Following Reich’s blueprints, Prof. White and the artists Peggy Ahwesh, Keith Sanborn, and Soyoung Yoon, built a new Accumulator. Prof. White will speak about the Accumulator’s purpose, history, and legacy. Followed by a screening of WR: Mysteries of the Organism, the acclaimed film on the life and work of Reich by Dušan Makavejev (1932–2019).

    Tuesday October 15, 2019
    Phil Solomon
    Screening: The Passage of the Bride (16mm, 6:00 min.,1980) | The Snowman (16mm, 8:00 min., 1995) | Nocturne (16mm, 10:00 min., 1980) | Psalm II: “Walking Distance” (16mm, 23:00 min., 1999) | Remains to be Seen (Super-8 to 16mm, 17:00 min., 1989/94)
    TRT: 64 min.

    A celebration of artist, filmmaker, University of Colorado Boulder Professor and former BU Cinema Department student. “Phil Solomon was among the great avant-garde filmmakers of this era. Solomon’s films and videos create an interior universe that has rarely, if ever, been surpassed in any medium for its intimacy, evocation of personal sensibility, expressive dream-like sounds and images, and for its sublime—and terrifying—sense of ambiguity between the recognizable world and its dissolution. Perhaps the last significant innovator of special effects on celluloid, Solomon magically transforms pre-existing images and sounds into dense landscapes.” (Steve Anker)

    Thursday October 24, 2019
    Hey-Yeun Jang
    Screening: on/off (film, 2:30 min) | Flickering (video, 7 min.) | 4-frame movie (film, 2:30 min) | (k)now (t)here (film, 8:50 min) | orchard, 5 (film, 7:30 min) | picture day: flip side (video, 17min) | ';' (film in progress, 10min)
    TRT: 59 min.

    Hey-Yeun, Jang is a Korea-born, New York-based installation and film artist. She often uses sequences of 16mm film still images to examine fleeting moments and meaning of swallowed words: explore in-between. Her installations have been exhibited in museum internationally and her films have screened at prestigious venues and numerous festival in the US, Europe and Korea. She received awards from New York State Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Tuesday October 29, 2019
    Carolee Schneemann
    Introduced by Kenneth White
    A celebration of the artist, writer, and filmmaker Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019), with a special screening of  celebrated Schneemann’s films Fuses (1964–67) and Kitch’s Last Meal (1973–76).

    Friday November 8, 2019
    Marielle Nitoslawska
    Screening: Breaking the Frame (100 min., 2012)

    Marielle Nitoslawska’s Breaking the Frame is a feature–length profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades by challenging the taboos leveled against the female body. Breaking the Frame is a kinetic, hyper-cinematic intervention, a critical meditation on the intimate correlations animating art and life.
    “A work about a formidable artist that is itself an important work of art.” – Mark McElhatten, Views from the Avant-Garde, New York Film Festival.

    Note: Another screening will be on Sunday November 10, 2019.

    Thursday November 14, 2019
    Ariana Gerstein
    Screening: Close the Lid, Gently (4:56 min.) | Performance for Perfection 1200 (13:36 min.) | Images of Flying and Falling (24:14 min.) | upCycles (7:03 min.) | In Glass Houses (8:22 min.) | Skin in the Game (5:02 min.) | Traces of Elikem (6:59 min.)
    TRT: 68 min.

    Using complex hand-wrought editing methods and extensive optical printing Gerstein’s work dazzles in its visual complexity and rhythmic timing. Gerstein’s recent work innovatively integrates desktop image scanners into her analog filmmaking process, capturing minute personal gestures in a sort of slow-motion real-time animation process, creating a visuality both intimate and abstract. – Steve Polta, SF Cinematheque
    Her films have been screened and awarded prizes at festivals worldwide and awarded grants by New York Council for the Arts, N Y Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship.

    Tuesday November 19, 2019
    Malena Szlam
    Screening: Chronogram of Inexistent Time (35mm to digital, 6:00 min., 2008) | Rhythm Trail (Super 8mm, 10:00 min., 2010 – 2011) | Anagrams of Light (Super 8mm, 3:00 min., 2011) | Beneath Your Skin of Deep Hollow (Super 8mm to 16mm, 3:40 min., 2010) | Lunar Almanac (16mm, 4:00 min., 2013) | Morfología de un sueño (16mm, 5:30 min., 2015) | ALTIPLANO (35mm, 15:30 min., 2018)
    TRT: 48 min.
    “Malena Szlam’s films are meticulously assembled using a menagerie of techniques to physically alter the film elements resulting in dreamlike, collaged, flickering images leaving viewers with a sense of wonderment, displacement and an expanded sense of time. Szlam’s careful construction of her works serves to ground and guide viewers on a serene journey through these brief and powerful cinematic experiences.” (Los Angeles Film Forum). Chilean filmmaker Malena Szlam is a member of Montréal’s Double Negative Collective.

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