Harpur Cinema presents Visiting Artist series for Fall 2014

FALL 2014

Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series

Binghamton University

Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30 (Free)

Sponsored by Cinema Dept & Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder

Doubled 16mm film projection performance, black/white, silent, approx. 20 minutes

Double 16mm film projection performance, black/white, sound, approx. 20 minutes

Double 16mm film projection performance, black/white, sound, approx. 20 minutes

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder stage the scene of film as orphaned object through the temporal labor of moving image installation. Collaborators since 2000, Gibson and Recoder unite the rich traditions of the experimental film, particularly its structuralist and materialist strands, and the multi-modal sensibility of expanded cinema that emerged in the 1960s, in which the moving image was woven into the labile space of performance, sound and audience interaction. Their larger body of work explores this interstice between avant-garde film practice and the incorporation of moving images and time-based media into the museum and art gallery. Gibson and Recoder have exhibited internationally at numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY, NY); Mad. Sq. Art (NY, NY), Performa (NY, NY); REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA); Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis, MO); Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada); Tate Modern (London, UK); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK); Viennale (Vienna, Austria), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Oberhausen, Germany), HMKV (Dortmund, Germany); MuHKA (Antwerp, Belgium); International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal); and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan). Gibson and Recoder live and work in New York.


Tuesday, October 14

Films and Videos by Peter Bo Rappmund,
Cinema Department Artist in Residence with:
Three/3 (5 min. short video)

Via Princessa (5 min. audio recording)

Psychohydrography (63 min. full length video)

“That’s psychohydrography as in psychogeography. Peter Bo Rappmund’s HD epic is a wordless Situationist essay about water, with images as rigorous as they are beautiful, a long dérive, beginning with snow melting in the Sierras, passing along the Los Angeles Aqueduct to its terminus in the San Fernando Valley, and then along the Los Angeles River from its source to its mouth in Long Beach. Our river may be the world’s least picturesque urban stream, but there is something sublime about it. That’s why Hollywood directors love it, but nobody before Rappmund has captured its peculiar sublimity so precisely. The epilogue of sky, surf, and beach in constantly shifting colors is electronic Rothko.” – Thom Andersen, Film Comment


Tuesday October 28

Daredevils, HD,  85min, 2013

By Stephanie Barber

A portrait of risk and language, DAREDEVILS, presents the experimental narrative of a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.
Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker and Adam Robinson, shot by Matthew Thompson, and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.

The piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.
Stephanie Barber, an alumni of the Cinema Department, is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. They ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of play, emotionalism, story, and humor.

James Glisson at Artforum wrote “…the films of Stephanie Barber engage universal themes—time, death, memory, forgetting, frustration.” and Ed Halter at Afterall Online wrote “Barber…approaches cinema as a philosophical toy, intimately small, in which the play itself generates both pleasure and insight.”

Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo show and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals.


Tuesday November 4

Richard Tuohy: Hand crafted Cinema

While many commercial film labs are shutting there doors, a counter movement is taking place in the form of the international network of artist-run film labs. The Australian experimental filmmaker Richard Tuohy – a prominent figure in this cinematic d-i-y turn – sees this new phase for the traditional media as an opportunity; as a chance for the film artist to directly engage with the once inaccessible, now too often discarded tools of the traditional film lab.

Tuohy’s hand crafted cinema presents us with multiple visual manipulations in camera, in printer techniques, in experimental processing procedures and in projection to sculpt an activated and reanimated reality which collectively represent a distinctively cinematic experience. More visual then cerebral, these pictures move, and with an energy unique to film. While covering a range of techniques, strategies and visual themes, they each share the same tenacious unfolding of a set of abstract possibilities from out of singular visual ideas. This program presents eight hand-processed and d-i-y printed 16mm film works from the artists recent output. The films, though diverse, are all highly abstract and tightly structured and share a fascination with the visual possibilities of basic traditional film technology.


Tuesday November 18

Special screening of So Is This and Puccini Conservato by Michael Snow
A prelude of this major multimedia artist TAE presentation, Thursday Nov 20, also in LH6

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