Indeterminate Landscapes

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GALAXY, 2011 Hd Video 3 Min
Indeterminate Landscapes
Curated by: Eric Martin

1111 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
April 12th, 2009 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Potrero District
Sun-Sat 10-7:30
California College of the Arts
experimental, videos, video-art


California College of the Arts and Stanford University present Indeterminate Landscapes, an experimental film and video screening on Sunday, April 12th 1:00-2:30pm in CCA’s Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA.  The event is free and open to the public.

The program presents nine short pieces by nine artists, ranging from canonical 16mm films rarely seen in their original medium, to recent digital video work by emerging Bay Area artists, and is curated by CCA MFA candidate Eric Martin.  The program takes as its starting point filmmakers’ relationships to the landscape and the seascape.  It engages questions related to aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism and, through a highly abstracted and non-narrative language, encourages us to revisit our perceptions of nature and the way we see ourselves in it.

In the program, filmmaker Vanessa O’Neill uses simultaneous, overlapping projections to create a seascape of shimmering beauty.  Stan Brakhage shares “a gift from the edge of doom,” shooting footage of a running stream on the eve of his admission to the hospital.  David Gatten physically transposes nature to moving image by immersing unexposed film stock in the Atlantic and developing it.  Peter Hutton revises the vocabulary of natural sublimity through a series of abstract and lonely fixed shots made in northern Iceland.  Lynn Marie Kirby exposes film stock to ambient light in a California botanical garden and breaks up its hypnotic flicker as she transfers it to video. 

Using video, Susan Chen revisits the mythical notion of Arctic Eden, a tropical paradise in the middle of a world of frozen oceans and glaciers.  Eric Martin etches lines between flocking seabirds to question how we construe relationships in the natural world.  Liz Walsh searches for enchantment in the natural and artificial landscapes of Northern California, and Kristin Timken reflects on the manipulation of our natural love for nature. 

In a related event on April 17th in CCA’s Media Arts Production Stage, Megan McLarney explores the incidental treatment of nature in feature film, re-rendering the landscape setup shot and other quiet, interstitial moments of commercial cinema in an exquisite series of wide shots and long pans. 

These events are affiliated with the joint CCA-Stanford conference Rising Tide:  Art and Ecological Ethics, which will take place on both campuses on April 17, 18, and 19.  More information about the screening, including a complete program, is available at  More information about the conference is available at