Close-Up: Star Spangled to Death
Sunday 28 April 2013, 13h
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
42-44 Pollard Row London E2 6NB
- Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs, 2004, 402 min, Colour & B/W, DP)
We are very excited to present a rare screening of Ken Jacobs's epic, six-and-half-hour "perverse reach for the intolerable" Star Spangled to Death.
"Star Spangled to Death is an epic film shot for hundreds of dollars! combining found-films with my own more-or-less staged filming, it pictures a stolen and dangerously sold-out America, allowing examples of popular culture to self-indict. Racial and religious insanity, monopolization of wealth and the purposeful dumbing down of citizens and addiction to war oppose a Beat playfulness.
A handful of artists costumed and performing unconvincingly appeal to audience imagination and understanding to complete the picture. Jack Smith's pre-Flaming Creatures performance as The Spirit Not Of Life But Of Living (the movie has raggedly cosmic pretensions), celebrating Suffering (rattled impoverished artist Jerry Sims) at the crux of sentient existence, is a visitation of the divine." – K.J.
Courtisane Festival reaches its 12th edition (April 17-21, Ghent), 12 years of "proposing a counter-geography" of cinema and creating one of the most interesting and devoted festivals in Europe. For this edition the 'Artists in Focus' are documentarian Marcel Ophüls and experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton, whose Peggy And Fred In Hell (1985-) serves as the main image for the festival. Both artists will be the subject of talks, a workshop and a partial retrospective of their work, together with the recently deceased Stom Sogo.
'Once was Fire' is one of the main events in the festival, offering a selection of films by António Reis & Margarida Cordeiro, Straub & Huillet and specially Greek filmmaker Stavros Tornes. The section 'Artistic research' curated by Alejandro Bachmann & Alexander Horwath presents a 'somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach to the term' through three programmes including films by Dušan Makavejev, Forough Farrokkhzad, Lisl Ponger or Ricky Leacock. Though Courtisane doesn't have a competitive section this year, it continues to offer a selection of recent film and video works grouped in ten programmes with works by Mary Helena Clark, Luke Fowler, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ursula Mayer, Laida Letxundi, Rose Lowder and Peter Todd to name just a few. You can access the festival's catalogue here.
EXiS Call for Entries
10th Experimental Film And Video Festival In Seoul 2013
Annual international experimental film and video festival EXiS 2013 is waiting for your innovative film and videos! EXiS is the biggest premier showcase of experimental media works in Asia.
Sep 5 ~ Sep 12 2013, Seoul, Korea
Entry deadline: June 1st, 2013 (Postmark)
What We Look for:
Experimental film or video work in any format and in length.
1) Films completed after: September 1 2012
2) Preview Tape (1/2” video cassette or any region DVD)
3) Country of production: all countries
4) Entry Form (both mail & e-mail)
5) 1 photo of artist & 3 production photos (e-mail only)
- No entry fee
Balagan presents... Vicious Circle
Tuesday, April 23 2013, 19:30h
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Mixing a number of rarely juxtaposed genres, Balagan takes a 360-degree look at cyclical structure and circular form. We are happy to present three locally-based artists and filmmakers: Nicolas Brynolfson, Santiago Gil and Julie Miller; as well as an audiovisual performance by NY-based artist Thomas Dexter and a 1970s' experimental film by Japanese avantgardist Toshio Matsumoto.
Signal Culture Cookbook
Call for Papers
Signal Culture invites submissions for its first media arts cookbook. We are interested in writings that provide how-to's, tips and techniques on video processing, image and sound manipulation, augmented reality, electronics, circuit bending, web development, mobile apps, sensors and hardware, or other interesting ways you've used old and new technologies in your art making.
Deadline for proposals: April 8th 2013
Deadline for completed articles: June 1st 2013