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Excerpts from Verso  
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8/27/14 Posted 8/27/14

Exhibeted at Pure Surface, a performance series in Portland, Ore. where movement, text, and film happen together in the spirit of improvised collaboration. for Corrine, my sisterMay 5, 1975 - October 13, 1984 Two children die as I-84 rock slide hits car Yesterday on interstate 84 about 10 miles east of Cascade Locks when the car in which they were riding was struck by falling rocks. Hospital officials identified the dead as Jacob Peterson, 8, of Troutdale, and his cousin, Corrine Herrera, 9, of Gresham. Randy Herrera, 7, of Gresham, was not injur... [more]

(cosmic) love and coffee in the times of digital alienation: Gia, Amalia, Rosetta, Marina   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/23/14

Pink is the color of teenagers' cheeks when they’re secretly falling in love For the third time in Palo Alto by Gia Coppola, they meet. It’s daytime. They study at the same high school but not the same class. So much has happened since that disastrous party, they both thought it was over, their untold love would not survive. Walking towards each other, they pretend to not notice the disturbing presence of the other getting closer. They slow down their pace, in perfect harmony&mda... [more]

[VIDEO] MARIA'S COMET 1847iv : A short film by Homa Taj based on a poem by Frank J Cunningham  
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8/21/14 Posted 8/20/14

visit- MARIA'S COMET 1847 iv is dedicated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of International with special thanks to the Maria Mitchell Association MARIA'S COMET 1847 iv (IMDb) is a short film by American curator and filmmaker Homa Taj (IMDb) based on a poem of the same name by Frank J Cunningham. For more details about the film, the poet, the filmmakers, the cast and other information, please visit our website: http://mariascomet.com/ [more]

Harun Farocki, 1944–2014  
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8/4/14 Posted 8/4/14

Monopol magazine reported Thursday that German filmmaker Harun Farocki passed away on June 30, 2014, at the age of 70. Born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia in 1944, the Berlin-based artist was known not only for his provocative films, videos, and installations, but also his critical practice as a theorist, editor, curator, and educator. Farocki studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) from 1966 to 1968. He would later become editor of the Munich-based journal Filmkritik a... [more]

Circling Time   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ashish Avikunthak at Chatterjee & Lal Gallery June 27th - August 2nd
Posted 7/6/14

In Rati Chakravyuh, filmmaker Ashish Avikunthak presents several conceits. A single take of 102 minutes in a 105-minute film, screened as a very large projection at Chatterjee & Lal, has Rati, the Goddess of Love in Hindu mythology explored as the notion of desire through the ages, and Chakravyuh (a military formation mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata that consists of a labyrinth of concentric circles) used as a defense mechanism. It’s a gauntlet that Avikunthak throws down from the sta... [more]

Out of the white cube; into the darkness   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Julieta Aranda at Babylon Mitte June 20th 12:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Posted 6/25/14

When I think of Midnight Movies I timeslip to the early 90s and all-nighters at the Scala in London's Kings Cross. The imagery is that of The Trip, Eraserhead, Vanishing Point, and Blue Sunshine. The aroma is of popcorn and hashish, the taste—cheap stimulants and vodka. I think of a motley crew of film geeks and freaks who have stumbled out of the pub at closing, dashed to the off license, and now gather inside the crumbling flea pit for an all night fix of kitsch, action, and high weirdn... [more]

The Media Man Around Town (and the World): Li Zhenhua and Art Basel Hong Kong’s Film Sector   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/15/14

Li Zhenhua began our conversation with a gentle correction: he had three exhibitions opening in one month, not three exhibitions opening over as many months. I was reminded of these words as Li’s disembodied voice greeted me at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai last week during the opening of a satellite exhibition for “Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai,” an exhibition co-curated with David Elliott in Berlin. Unable to attend the show’s simultaneous openings in Berlin and Shanghai, Li introduced “Pand... [more]

From Deep and the Rise of the Dunkadelic Era   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Images Festival April 10th - April 19th
Posted 4/26/14

The first three weeks of April in Toronto are host to the 27th incarnation of the Images Festival, which bills itself as the largest festival in North America for "experimental and independent moving image culture." It offers a much needed and relieving, counter to the Toronto International Film Festival. The Images Festival focuses primarily on video art, far too often only seen in the rarefied spaces of contemporary art galleries, and smaller independent films that would perhaps not be showcased... [more]

MY JOHNNY  
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4/22/14 Posted 4/22/14

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH NOW! MY JOHNNY [more]

Were the Dadaists Time Travellers? and other questions I’d like to ask Hans Richter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hans Richter at Martin-Gropius-Bau March 27th - June 30th
Posted 4/2/14

The movie camera – that bastard son of a thousand alchemists, illusionists, inventors, and old showmen – could have been purpose built for the Dadaists and the Surrealists. If it had slipped into obscurity or been written off as gimmick after they had made use of it, its journey into existence could have been said to be worthwhile. It's as if their paths were always destined to cross. In the Hans Richter show Encounters – "From Dada till today" at Martin-Gropius-Bau you can se... [more]

Glitter and Doom: Allison Schulnik + Bradley Rubenstein  
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3/31/14 Posted 3/31/14

Los Angeles, Mar. 2014: Allison Schulnik’s second New York solo exhibition at ZieherSmith, Eager, included a startling array of painting, sculpture, drawing, and film, creating a beautiful, yet haunting world. Her work is currently on view in a solo exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. Schulnik talks with Bradley Rubenstein about her new show, her dance background, the difference between working in New York and Los Angeles, and, of course, cats. Allison Schulnik, Blue Dancer #3... [more]

The Everyday Takes Control: Stefan Constantinescu's Films on Love   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stefan Constantinescu at Kalmar Konstmuseum February 8th - April 27th
Posted 3/21/14

In the first of seven films in a series dealing with love between men and women (started in 2009 and proposed to end in 2019), a man sits down on a bus in Bucharest, Romania and telephones his wife or girlfriend. He becomes increasingly threatening and verbally violent, compulsively repeating the same questions and accusations over and over in a sort of trance-like loop. Troleibuzul 92 (Bus number 92) (2009) depicts a very private and intimate conversation that is played out in the public space,... [more]

Moving Image: Film’s Emotional Metalanguage at the KW   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chantal Akerman, Ed Atkins, Sue de Beer, Harry Dodge, Loretta Fahrenholz, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, Stanya Kahn, Simon Martin, Peter Roehr, Roee Rosen, John Smith, Mark Wallinger at KW Institute for Contemporary Art February 23rd - April 27th
Posted 3/5/14

During an early investigation into the language of film it was Christian Metz who observed that “film is difficult to explain because it is so easy to understand.” According to Metz, in film—in contrast to written text or the spoken word—the distance between sign and meaning was too narrow to withstand established codes of semiotic analysis. That distance, whatever its breadth, is central to themes explored in the exhibition Real Emotions: Thinking in Film, currently at K... [more]

I saw the clouds were beautiful and I watched them cover the sun.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nina Yuen at de Appel Arts Centre February 8th - April 13th
Posted 2/27/14

Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea. Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]

Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Waters at Sprüth Magers Berlin February 7th - April 12th
Posted 2/27/14

The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Aliv... [more]

Funk and Revolution: Stan Douglas Recreates the 70s in Music and Politics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stan Douglas at David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th January 9th - February 22nd
Posted 2/19/14

Stan Douglas’s mesmerizing, deceptively simple Luanda-Kinshasa floats somewhere between music video, installation art, and historical reenactment. The square-format video is projected at movie theater dimensions in one cavernous, blacked-out gallery of David Zwirner. In the video, cameras pan around a recording studio full of musicians in the middle of a jam session. They are conjuring the African-infused funk-jazz of the 1970s, full of hand drums, guitar scrapes, electric piano, and strong... [more]


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