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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.

Monday Oct. 19th, 2009
Branden Joseph

“The Roh and the Cooked: Structural Film, Actionism, Paracinema.”

Branden W. Joseph will discuss the travels of Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant throughout Europe in the early 1970s.  Their itinerary, and the transformations in Conrad’s work upon his return to the United States, sheds light on the particular “crisis” of experimental cinema at the time and the manner in which it was (temporarily) overcome.  Revising current understandings of the notion of there being “two avant-gardes” (as Peter Wollen famously put it), an examination of Conrad’s development and his interactions with Malcolm Le Grice, Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, and Otto Muehl will outline another line of avant-garde development.  Drawn from Conrad’s personal archives and other research, this talk covers material that is not included in the author’s recent book, Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage.

Branden W. Joseph received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999.
Joseph’s area of specialization is post-War American and European art, focusing particularly on those individuals and practices that cross medium and disciplinary boundaries between visual art, music, and film. Joseph is also a founding editor of Grey Room, a scholarly and theoretical journal of architecture, art, media, and politics published quarterly by MIT Press since the fall of 2000.  To date Grey Room has featured work by such prominent historians and theorists as Yve-Alain Bois, Judith Butler, Georges Canguilhem, Hubert Damisch, Friedrich Kittler, Chantal Mouffe, Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno, Paul Virilio, and Samuel Weber.

Wednesday Nov. 4, 2009
Abraham Ravett

Abraham Ravett

“To date, I've made six films which reflect on how the Holocaust affected my parents, our evolving relationship, and my own psychological and emotional response to their experiences. THE MARCH continues this cinematic exploration by detailing one woman's recollections of that experience. It also serves as a meditation on time elapsed and the fragility of personal memory. Utilizing a series of recorded film interviews conducted with my mother over thirteen year period (1984-1997), I ask the following question each time: "Mom, what do you remember about the March?" The complexity of her responses, the visible emotional toll experienced with each reply, and the ensuing portrait of her aging process, form the core of this twenty five minute, 16mm film.”

Abraham Ravett was born in Poland in 1947, raised in Israel and emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1955. He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Filmmaking and Photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty years.

Mr. Ravett received grants for his work from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Artists Foundation Inc, Boston, MA. The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, The Japan Foundation, The Hoso Bunka Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. His films have been screened internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA., S.F. Cinematheque, L.A. Forum, Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan, and Scratch Projection, Paris.

Mr. Ravett teaches filmmaking and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

Program will include: The March (1999 ) 25 min., sound, 16mm,  Horse/Kappa/House (1995 ) , 33 min, color, sound, 16mm, Tziporah (2007)   7 min., 16mm, silent, and non-Aryan (2009) 11 minutes, 16mm, silent

Monday Dec. 7, 2009
Hitoshi Toyoda

Hitoshi Toyoda

Hitoshi Toyoda is a self-taught photographer who has worked exclusively in the medium of slideshows for the past ten years. These slideshows are silent and consist of images taken in the course of his daily life. While the material is taken from the past, the presentation of one image after another appearing and disappearing places emphasis on the weight and value of present moment.

His silent slide shows have been compared to Haiku literature because of the way they are able to encompass both the minutiae of daily life and the larger, unknowable forces that govern that life.

Toyoda only exhibits his work in live contexts, clicking though the slides manually.

Hitoshi Toyoda was born in New York City and grew up in Tokyo. He returned to the United States in 1990 on a grant from Neo Vision Co. For several years, Toyoda traveled throughout the U.S. taking photographs, before settling in New York in 1993. He has presented his work in public spaces, galleries, museums and film festivals such as Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival (Toronto), Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum (Tokyo), Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo), Anthology Film Archives (NY) and graf media gm (Osaka).

“The garden in the backyard of his Brooklyn apartment, over the ground ants and slugs coming and going, doing what they do to live: there Toyoda fixes his persistent gaze. Who does this - take pictures, in some corner of New York City, over and over of the microcosmic world that most people would completely overlook? And not only that but shots of his daily routine, casual acquaintances and close friends are embroidered into the fabric of the work; and the repeating image of a round mirror abandoned in the backyard that reflects the changing seasons and gives the sensation of the cycles of nature and the universe; and images of snow falling down from the night sky, showing for a little while the vastness of the dark space; and then: the time he traveled to meet an Amish family, an unexpected encounter with a former lover in Japan, his encounter with a lost seal; then, a newspaper article about Palestine or media attention to a school shooting that make us feel the tremors of the larger world.

I don't intend to describe Toyoda's slideshow in every detail. What I want to express is that in Toyoda's projected work various aspects of time - for example the time of insects, the time of humans, society's time, the time of the earth - are masterfully woven together, resonating, ferrying us back and forth between the micro-cosmic and the macro-cosmic world.
From the artist's talk, I gathered that Toyoda is interested in Basho, who used small things to express universal themes in his poetry. Before I knew this, I felt strongly in my experience of the work, a desire to transform images into words. Speaking of his own work, Borges said: "it's somewhere between a movie and a novel." Paraphrasing this, I might say of Toyoda's slideshow: "it's somewhere between photography and Haiku literature."
Masafumi Fukagawa,
Curator, Kawasaki City Museum, Tokyo

Monday Nov 30, 2009
Marie Losier
Special Time—LH6 at 1:10

Marie Losier

“Marie Losier is the most effervescent and psychologically accurate portrait artist working in film today. Her films wriggle with the energy and sweetness of a broken barrel full o’ sugar worms!!!!” Guy Maddin-2008

Marie Losier, born in France in 1972, is a filmmaker and curator working in New York City. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals.  In 2009, she was invited to The Centre George Pompidou in Paris to present her work in progress on her first feature film-a portrait of on the musical genius Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and her band Psychic TV.  She has show so far this year at the Berlin Film Festival, Bozar in Belguim, at the Walter Reade in NYC among others and is invited to be on the Jury for the ERA NEW HORIZONS International Film Festival in Poland in July.

She will be showing at the Foundation Cartier Festival in Toulouse with Tony Conrad in September. In 2008 she was invited to present her new film portrait on musician and filmmaker, Tony Conrad-Tony Conrad Dream Minimalist- at the TATE MODERN and THE BASEL ART FAIR and at The Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festival, The Harvard Film Archives, The Kassel Documentary Film Festival, The Copenhagen Film Festival, Cornell Cinema among others.  At the The Berlin Film Festival, she presented 7 films in a solo show at the Forum-Arsenal “Marie Losier Goes Underground”, where she premiered her new film on Tony Conrad.  She was also included for the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, NY) with her film on Richard Foreman, The Ontological Cowboy and at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, NY) with Electrocute Your Stars, film on George Kuchar. In 2007, she curated a show for The Rotterdam Film Festival, “Sweet Sixteen“. She was also invited to The Berlin Film Festival to present a new film that she made in collaboration with Canadian Filmmaker Guy Maddin, Manuelle Labor.

In 2000, she became the film curator at FIAF/The French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York City, where she presents a weekly film series. She has hosted many notable directors and artists, including Raoul Coutard, William Klein, Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert, Chantal Akerman, Jane Birkin, Jeanne Moreau, Bertrand Tavernier, and Anouk Aimée.

These artists’ screenings are funded in part by Presentation Funds from the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. Series is co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series.
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