Experimenta 2009

EXPERIMENTA 2009 – 6th Festival of Experimental Cinema in India
December 17-20, 2009, BANGALORE
A Filter India Project in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and Inko Centre
Venues: ** Jaaga Creative Common Ground ** Samuha ** Gallery SKE

EXPERIMENTA 2009

 

NEBULA RISING | 80mins
16mm film and sound performance
Hangjun Lee (South Korea)

Hangjun Lee’s films split the screen into two, drawing the eye inevitably to the vertical line that separates left and right, as images scatter and splatter on either side. Most of them are abstract, rips, gashes, holes, burns and all manner of corroded degradations flying past at high speed, but from time to time recognisable images – cars, faces, clouds – appear….

1. ‘Nebula Rising’ South Korea 2009 35mm on DVD colour silent 20mins
A pursuit of the science of dust.

2.’Cracked Share’ South Korea 2005-06 16mm colour sound 28mins
“Film is disintegrated by various urea and strong oxidizing chemical agents. This compound (what we usually call film emulsion) resolves itself through its elements. I found new laws of particle motion while I was investigating these conditions and the physical chemistry attributes of film. I reworked images by various chemicals – sodium & potassium, and the adjustment of hydrogen ion concentration. Work that is oxidized again, silver particles that are restored through film developer in darkroom….these made me reach a new state. I began to examine this experience. The title of this work is inspired from Georges Bataille’s ‘Accursed Share’” (HL)

3. ‘Metaphysics of Sound’ South Korea 2007 16mm colour sound 28mins
“I edited the images and created the structure of this film according to the pattern of sound on the 20% blank of a 16mm film strip (normally used as space for optical recording). Hence, the image becomes sound, and vice versa. I then studied how the sound patterns varied according to the kinds of images used, or the concentration of the image, and I made various attempts at rearranging the structure of the sound with the image. The most significant idea of this work was derived from the gap between playback logic and reproduction logic, and the discovery of the collision between the transfer of formats within film media. (HL)

 

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE | 60mins
Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF)

In this core programmes of BEFF 5, artists and filmmakers reflect on the political turmoil that has gripped Thailand since the fall of Thaksin Shinawatra’s administration in late 2006. Governments come and go; the Thais seem to take political upheaval in their stride, as life’s spiritual, biological and seasonal cycles roll on. Yet the uncertainty affects everyone, subtly changing the rhythms of work and play, in the city and the countryside. What is the relationship between the cycles of everyday life and those of national history? These experimental films explore the unconscious forces that shape the patterns of social and political life in Thailand.

1.Bopitr Visenoi ‘19.09.2549’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 4.10mins
How successful was the military coup in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 19, 2006? What did the Thai people get from this ‘important lesson’? The film takes us back to September 19, 2006. Try to watch, listen and recognize the words that the presenter says. We should ask ourselves: have they done what they promised?

2.Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit ‘Bangkok Tanks’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 5.50mins A conversation on MSN Messenger 7.0 during the coup of September 19, 2006.

3.Nuttorn Kangwanklai ‘The Duck Empire Strikes Back’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 2.30mins
The fall from power of the rubber ducks.

4.Paisit Punpruksachat ‘Escape from Popraya 2526’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 9.00mins
The conclusion of the story in the first video. This part unfolds the misery of Tang Siew Chong’s grandchild. Wan won’t say anything about herself or where she is from; she is angry about what happened to Pong. The story from three days earlier is explained and Pong now knows that the grown-ups have forgiven all who did wrong. The rest of the children take to the streets and riot.

5.Nitipong Thinthupthai ‘Krasob’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 8.00mins
The innocent play of children reminds us of our childhood days.

6.Sanchai Chotirosseranee ‘The Love Culprit’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 6.30mins
For as long as I can remember, I have seen the soap opera The Love Culprit’—three times, that is, one time less than I have seen a coup take place. (I have recently heard rumors, though, of another upcoming coup).

7. Michael Shaowanasai ‘Observation of the Monument’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 5.00mins

8. Pramote Sangsorn ‘Observation of the Monk’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 7.50mins
An observation of a monk who has taken to the road, to a big city, as a form of merit-making. He discovers capital identity, as well as his self-construction within society and a civilization which is seemingly about to collapse. No matter what, human beings still have to keep discovering themselves, endlessly.

9. Anocha Suwichakornpong ‘Black Mirror’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 3.00mins
During an eclipse, a dog dreams a vivid dream.

10. Jakrawal Niltumrong ‘Man with a Video Camera’ Thailand 2007 video colour sound 9.00mins
This movie imagines socialism in a present Thai context, where conflicts of opinion abound. Democracy and a brighter future might just be daydreams to fulfill everybody’s desire. The movie is inspired by Dziga Vertov’s acclaimed Man with a Movie Camera (1929), which conveys the beauty of the working class and reflects the socialist idea blossoming during the Leninist era, via cinematography, editing, and an arousing score.

11. Tintin Cooper ‘Promethean Invention’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 4.26mins
In Promethean Invention, the Promethean myth is recast for modern life: electricity signals the beginning of the world and Prometheus’s gifts to mankind include not only architecture, astronomy and fire, but also modern inventions such as TV, space travel, and the Internet.

12. Uruphong Raksasad ‘Roy Tai Phrae’ Thailand 2008 video colour sound 3.00mins
I don’t know how it’s going to be in 2008, the year Mr. Samak Sundaravej became the new Prime Minister of Thailand.

 

VIVAADADA BAGGE SAMVAADA @ Samuha
Interactive Video Project
by Ulrike Mothes and Arun Kumar
“Vivaadada bagge samvaada” is a collaborative art project, using interaction and video, with the participation of film students of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. Using the medium of video and found footage, this project explores the gender dialogue through personal narratives. Engaging a communicative process, these interactive narratives are based on the views of four male and four female participants. Referring to the recent violent attacks against young ‘westernized’ women in Karnataka, the project attempts to evoke a nuanced understanding of gender and culture in contemporary Bangalore. In collaboration with Tariq Thakaekara, Roanna Rahman, Narayanan Poomulli, Arvind Philipose, Pooja Madhavan, Sahil Sen, Radha Mahendru, Prerna Gupta, and supported by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

 

SITING CINEMA | 60 mins
Curated by Pablo DeOcampo & Jacob Korczynski, Images Festival Toronto

“Everything that’s of any importance takes place outside the room. But the room reminds us of the limitations of our condition.” This quote from Robert Smithson opens the essay Siting Cinema by Andrew V. Uroskie, introducing the author’s project of locating a context for the contemporary exhibition of film and video.  But here, siting implies a doubling, with forms of cinema not only located, but the cinematic experience quoted through strategies that include choreography, historiography and the spoken and written word.

1. Christine Lucy Latimer ‘(Just beyond the screen) the universe—as we know it—is ending’ Canada 2008 video colour sound 4 mins
This film and video hybrid depicts a rainbow digital apocalypse looming directly outside a floating cinema entrance-way.

2. Oliver Husain ‘Mount Shasta’ Canada 2008 16mm colour sound 8 min
“The puppet show presented here is a previsualisation of a part of a script I’m working on at the moment. First, let me pitch the storyline of the scenario to you…”

3. Andrew James Paterson ‘12 x 26’ Canada 2008 video colour sound 6 mins
A project in 12 sections all involving the number 26. Situated between opening and closing title sequences, a series of Paterson’s word poems run through the 26 letter alphabet. 26 frame sequences of 26 images. A soundtrack in 12 parts.  A project that revisits the forms of structural film via the technology of contemporary video.

4. Jorge Lorenzo ‘Film Noir (100% Pure Black Film 1)’ Mexico 2007 35mm silent 4.33mins
35mm magnetic sound stock is an opaque film that blocks the light of the projector from casting onto the screen. For almost five minutes, the frame of the screen is eliminated. Or rather, in its absence on the screen, does the frame border the audience?

5. Emily Wardill ‘The Diamond (Descartes’ Daughter)’ UK 2008 16mm colour silent 11 mins
The Diamond (Descartes’ Daughter) is a disembodied wandering through scenes from a film including: a diamond protected by lasers; images of a girl playing on a Nintendo Wii in a homemade version of the costume that Étienne-Jules Marey would dress his subjects in when conducting Chromophotography; logic experiments; and Ready Maids. Words shatter like a crystal refracting light, the dispassionate reeling off of the text breaking up: sentence fragments are repeated, amended, the voice skipping as though trying to jump a programming error.

6. Isabell Spengler ‘The Pitch’ Germany 2007 video colour sound 17 mins
“Okay, well, um, thanks for coming. I’m going to try and make this short and sweet because I know you don’t have much time. Um, so but, yeah, I’ve got this idea for a film and um, let me tell you the story and then you can decide if you want to put any money on it…”

7. Steve Reinke ‘Boy/Analysis: An Abridgement of Melanie Klein’s “Narrative of a Child Analysis”’ Canada 2008 video colour sound 6 mins
An abridgement of Melanie Klein’s seminal Narrative of a Child Analysis with colour plates. The original ninety-three sessions winnowed to sixteen. Music by Benjamin Britten.

 

DREAM ON| 80mins
Curated by Shai Heredia
The moving image is the closest medium we have to experiencing the inexplicable quality of the dream in our waking lives. Beauty and horror, colour and light, symbol and metaphor, movement and mystery. The moving image, like dreams, enables us to participate in another reality, and, through that participation, to be transformed.

1. Thorsten Fleisch ‘Wound footage’ USA 2009 miniDV sound 6.02mins
“Source material is a found footage super 8 film. The visual carrier was attacked in a multitude of ways. It was scratched, cut open and violated. I captured it in an attempt to screen it. There it burned and was destroyed by the projector. Sorry little film. With the video footage I provoked the encoding. As a result some pixels were dislocated. In the end I reshot the film from the monitor while I somehow angered the cables that connect the monitor with my computer. That all may sound very negative and destructive to you dear reader but the goal was an almost humanist one: Unification of the digital with the analogue world. They seem so far apart and yet they aren’t. By exposing every material’s weaknesses and injuries it was made one. It’s all visual sensations in the end. Rita Hayworth grindily sings along.” TF

2. Chaoba Thiyam ‘Nungee mit/ eye of an ”i” India 2008 miniDV colour stereo 15min
Living in the worst of time and hoping for the best. All we dream is only nightmares. Hopelessness, angst and agony is the only reality that glares in the “Eye of an “I”

3. Karl Mendonca ‘Bombay_RGB’ India 2007 miniDV colour sound 2.10mins
“Bombay_RGB is a reconciliation of personal feelings of loss, nostalgia and separation in relation to the largely unchecked development and gentrification of Bombay. Combining clips of familiar landmarks, construction, archival images of the mainstream media’s apathy towards issues of over development, and scenes that represent my own memories of Bombay, this video attempts to preserve an imaginary homeland and re-construct a narrative of the place. ”KM

4. Mike Olenick ‘Spaceboy’ USA 2009 miniDV colour stereo 6.50min
Inspired by a long lost sci-fi film, Spaceboy tells the tale of an intergalactic encounter between man and a mysterious space siren. Can Spaceboy escape her clutches and soar through or will he die of love in a cruel embrace? Featuring a cybernetic music score by Jeremy Boyle

5. Philip Widmann ‘Destination Finale’ Germany 2008 miniDV colour Stereo 9.15min
A man, presumably of Vietnamese origin, travels though Europe. Shortly after, American troops enter the ground war in Vietnam

6. Gayatri Kodikal ‘Flights of Sleeping Birds’ India 2009 miniDV colour sound  13 min
In a sleepy town there lived a curious family. A grandfather, who was a self taught scientist/explorer and his two grandchildren. Rati, the elder of the two tells a tale of a supernatural incident that happens in the town. Her younger brother pretends to be a spy and gathers information about the town. He realizes that his grandfather has a secret observatory, where he conducts many peculiar experiments. When they both decide to visit the observatory an unexplainable event happens. Things begin to change drastically for Rati. This fictional storyline is interspersed with the details of a ritual called Gadde Utsav that is performed on the border of north Goa……

7. Neil Beloufa ‘Kempinski’ France 2007 miniDV colour sound 13.58mins
Kempinski is a mystical and animist place. People emerge from the dark, hold fluorescent lamps; they speak about a magical world. Their testimonies spark confusion and contradiction. This unique blend of fiction (sci-fi) and ‘real’ documentary was filmed in Mali. The film is defined by specific rules: interviewed people imagine the future and speak about it in the present tense. Their hopeful, poetic and spiritual stories and fantasies are recorded and edited in a melodic way; Kempinski thus cleverly challenges our exotic expectations and stereotypes about Africa.

CURATOR TALK| 90mins
Politics & Perception in Media Art History with Peter Zorn

It is a difficult undertaking to survey the diverse forms and styles of media art. The genre was ignored by aesthetic theory for decades and even experts find it hard to define. Nevertheless, Curator Peter Zorn takes a ramble through the history of media art with a political focus. From the 1920’s avant garde movement and experimental filmmakers like Walter Ruttmann and Hans Richter, to the 1960’s explosion of underground film, the fluxus movement, video art with Nam June Paik, and up to the 1990’s digital revolution with netart, Zorn presents major artists and their work, as well as forms and styles of media activism from past to present.

 

EXiS FILM | 72 mins
Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, South Korea (EXIS) curated by Hangjun Lee

After a brief period of activity in the 1980’s and 90’s through independent experimental film organizations and research institutes based in the Goethe Institute and Universities in Seoul, the actual institutionalization of Korean experimental film only began with the foundation of EXiS (the Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul) in 2004, followed by the establishment of Spacecell, the artists’ film lab,  who conducted hand-made filmmaking workshops, and screened the results at film festivals. Diagonal Film Archive, the sponsor of EXiS, continually strives to institutionalize the distribution, screening, archive and education of experimental film with a long-term perspective. The artists in this program are important figures in shaping the future foundation and identity of Korean experimental cinema. In addition to artist activity, they devote great effort to organizing the history of Korean experimental cinema – from engaging regional identities, taking experimental cinema beyond institutions and developing a sustainable network for experimental film in Asia.

1. Suk, Sung Suk ‘1998’ South Korea 2000 16mm silent 5.38mins

2. Lee, Jang-Wook ‘Surface Of Memory, Memory On Surface’ South Korea 1999 16mm silent 23mins
This film is in the form of a personal diary. Using the everyday images captured on film, new images are created through various surface treatments and combinations. This is part of the act of the maker to converse with his memories and to restructure them. This work is the result of conversation between author (various surface treatments and combinations) and fixed images on film as the memories.

3. Lee, Jang-Wook ‘Hibernation’ South Korea 2007 16mm silent 10mins
‘Hibernation ‘ is conceived from the video tape of a wedding ceremony and a daughter’s home video.  In the work process, the filmmaker pays attention to the details being recorded, what I remember, and  relationship to lead it in the new detail. Hand printing performs a role of editing and printing simultaneously. As a result, the print created in this process will be a result and new material at the same time. Additive printing procedure is taken as a manner of recording in this film.

4. Jang, Min-Young ‘The Dark Room’ South Korea 2001 16mm silent 5mins
The Dark Room is homage to a 16th century cinematic apparatus, camera obscura. I tried to create a uniquely cinematic sensory experience. The view of the Pacific Ocean could provide the powerful sense of moving water as mass and volume.

5. Jang, Min-Young ‘The Breath’ South Korea 2007 16mm silent 10mins
A respiratory exchange between me and a bamboo forest

6. Won-Tae ‘Tower Crane’ South Korea 2006 16mm silent 8.20mins
“I considered the question “what is the nature of cinematic space?” I based the film’s structure on the direction and rhythm of movement of a tower crane. By doing this, I intended to show the nature of cinematic space, which represents three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional screen. I also intended to link the materiality and the cinematic space of film by revealing the surface of the camera lens. When the rain drops fall on the surface of the lens at the end of the film, it makes the audience aware of the vanishing point of a frame. This strategy is based on the idea that vanishing points create the three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional screen.” WT

7. Oh, Jun-Ho ‘The Place You Left’ South Korea 2002 16mm colour 10mins
This film is an experiment to reveal ‘absence’ or ‘emptiness’ through visual images.

 

WERLEITZ PRESENTS | 90mins
EMAN / EMARE curated by Peter Zorn

Peter Zorn coordinator and chairman of Werkleitz Media Art Center, East-Germany, presents a selection of outstanding productions of the European Media Art Networks’ (EMAN) European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE), hosted by Werkleitz Media Art Center, over the last 15 years. He also presents his own film Moving Spirits, an exhibition hosted by Werkleitz in 2006 and supported by the Francke Foundation in Halle in which Indian and German artists were invited to produce new works on the subject of spiritual intercultural exchange between India and Germany. Next to this, Peter will also premiere his own film ‘‘A Spiritual Journey – Mission Mix’.

1. Mike Stubbs ‘Gift’ Germany/UK 1995/96 video colour sound 15 mins
‘Gift’ is a music film shot in the Wolfen-Bitterfeld district of East Germany, where composer Ulf Langheinrich was born. The area is notorious for its astonishing lunar-like landscape, a product of uncurbed open cast mining and chemical production. Although much of the devastation belongs to a past era of massive state industry some coal mining continues using vast mechanical diggers, some over fifty years old. (MetaMedia Productions Ltd. 1996)

2. Paul Harrison & John Wood ‘October 97’ Germany/UK 1997 video colour sound 7 mins
October 97 consists of 14 short sections. In each the relationship between an everyday object and its user is altered, in a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional event. A person, a wall, a floor and an object.

3. Rob Kennedy ‘The Truth and the Light’ Germany/UK 2000 video colour sound  5 mins
The two dimensional limits of the video screen are utilised to re-frame an un-extraordinary occurence. In the flatness of the video image light, colour and time abstract the landscape to create other orders.

4. Dane Watkins ‘Empty Days IV – return of the anti hero’ Germany 2003 Online and PDA-Project Loop http://www.eatmydata.co.uk
An anti-flash film where the hero never gets the call to adventure.

5. Ralph Colmar ‘Ludwig Light’ Germany 2006 video colour sound 5 mins
Wittgenstein’s Tractatus condensed to 5 min. in a light animation.

6. Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud ‘Zone Interdite’ Czechoslovakia/Germany 2000 and onwards online project: www.zone-interdite.net
The Suisse artists Wachter & Jud created the most comprehensive mapping of military restricted areas around the world. The user can zoom into more than 2.000 military bases and get information about prisoner transports and even go on a 3D walktrough of the highly discussed Guantanamo prisoners camp.

7. Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud ‘Picidae’ Germany 2007 and onwards online project: www.picidae.net
During their EMARE residency Wachter and Jud also created an open source community project to circumpass internet censorship. By installing servers or proxies of picidae, the internet community can easily get access from any computer in the world to information which is blocked in countries like China for instance. An award winning free information project towards a democratic information society.

8. Peter Zorn ‘A Spiritual Journey – Mission Mix’ Germany 2006 video colour sound 30 min.
“A Spiritual Journey” is a humorous reminiscence about generations of travellers coming to India in search of spiritual enlightenment. Searching the enlightenment beyond the path of conventional religions the filmmaker visits South India, encountering places like the Holy Shiva Mountain, the Krishnamurti Foundation as well as Auroville, the city of the future.

 

CURATOR TALK| 90mins
Color Light Art to Live Cinema – A journey through the history of audiovisual Live Performances with Sandra Naumann

Sandra Naumann will focus on Visual Music – showing lines of development and similarities between historical and contemporary work with audiovisual live performances – from Light Play in the 1920s to Light Shows in the 1960s, and contemporary VJing and Live Cinema today. She will point out different strategies of transferring musical principles on the moving image and/or projected light.

 

EXiS Digital | 60mins
Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, South Korea (EXiS) curated by Hangjun Lee

1. Seo, Won-Tae Danginlee ‘Power Station’ South Korea 2004 DV sound 14.20mins
Calmly shows us scene of power station in Daninlee, Mapo-gu, Seoul captured in 100 angles in 20 hours. On this experimental attempt, I clarifies that it is a film on the subjectivity of visual experience.

2. Byun, Jae-Kyu ‘Moving Panorama’ South Korea 2005 dvd color sound 4.11mins
I want to introduce the march of time using panorama image in this work,which is different from the still panorama photos. First of all,I made an equipment,which automatically turns 360°,to obtain the photos with regular interval. After that, I put together all those still panorama photos as a sequence, which is like another panorama. When it comes to music, I distorted real sound and created some regular electronic noise to emphasize the camera work. The spots I shoot the film are Busan and Kyoto.

3. Byun, Jae-Kyu ‘The Study of Another Vanishing Point’ South Korea 2008 dvd color sound 6.53mins
I want to introduce the march of time using panorama image in this work,which is different from the still panorama photos. First of all,I made an equipment,which automatically turns 360°,to obtain the photos with regular interval. After that, I put together all those still panorama photos as a sequence, which is like another panorama. When it comes to music, I distorted real sound and created some regular electronic noise to emphasize the camera work. The spots I shoot the film are Busan and Kyoto.

4. Byun, Jae-Kyu ‘925 pieces of Busan Tower’ South Korea 2009 dvd color sound 2.34mins
The 925 photographies which took around Busan Tower as an axle are the  metaphor of the traces like ‘layers’ in prints, or timing in movie and also can be compared to the vertical structure that is ‘Z(height)’ in the virtual space. There occur the illusions around Busan Tower(axle), and these changes and mobility of images are the projecting and repeating of the progress of memory.

5. Oh, Jun-Ho ‘Vision of Compression I – Synfonia’ South Korea 2009 HD b&w 12.45mins
It records afterimages and memories that the coordinate transformation of normal time axis (24 frames per second) of moving images to delayed time axis. This film is the first part of series ‘Vision of Compression’ experimenting temporal transformation. It is composed based on the musical structure of Bach’s synfonia.

6. Suk, Sung-Suk ‘Electronic Portrait’ South Korea 1996-2005 HD color sound 10mins

7. Kim, Dong-Hun Mr,Sakurai at the ticket counter’ Japan/South Korea 2009 miniDV (super 8mm) color sound 6mins

 

SEEING SOUND: MARY ELLEN BUTE (1906-1983,USA) | 90mins
Curated by Sandra Naumann

“In the 1930s Mary Ellen Bute belonged to the pioneers of abstract film in the USA; in the 1950s she was one of the first filmmakers to explore the possibilities of electronic image generation. In her short films she began to transfer the principles of musical composition to the creation of visual materials and tried various ways of linking sound and image. Searching for a suitable medium for her vision of kinetic light art, Bute first experimented with devices to transmit acoustic into optical signals before she discovered film as her ideal medium of expression. Starting with RHYTHM IN LIGHT (1934) she first produced a series of black-and-white films where she coordinated distorted images of everyday objects with classical music. In the late 1930s, she turned to animation techniques and early colour film techniques; the free creation of form and colour allowed her to open up a whole new spectrum of linking acoustic and visual elements which she continued to develop in films like TARANTELLA (1940) and POLKA GRAPH (1947). Later, in films such as ABSTRONIC (1952) and MOOD CONTRASTS (1953), she combined animated images with figures she generated from synchronised music by using an oscilloscope.” (Sandra Naumann)

1.Rhythm in Light 1934 16mm b&w, 5mins Music: Anitra’s Dance from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt.In collaboration with Melville Webber.
Photographed images with various light and camera effects.

2.Synchromy No. 2 1935 16mm b&w 6mins Music: Evening Star from Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Photographed images with various light and camera effects.

3.Dada 1936 16mm 3mins Music: Unknown.
Short for Universal Newsreel.

4.Parabola 1937 16mm b&w 9mins Music: La Création du Monde by Darius Milhaud.
Photographed images employing various techniques like stop-motion, filming through prismatic lenses and superimposition.

5.Escape 1937 16mm 4mins Music: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach.
Story of a triangle that struggles to escape from behind bars.

6.Spook Sport 1939 16mm color 8mins Music: Danse macabre von Camille Saint-Saëns. In collaboration with Norman McLaren.
A “film ballet” showing spooks, ghosts and bones dancing and cavorting about the graveyard at midnight.

7.Tarantella 1940 16mm color 4mins Music: Edwin Gerschefski
Music and imagery are both developed from a series of mathematically generated rhythms which Edwin Gerschefski translated into a piano dance whilst Bute transferred them into a visual composition.

8.Polka Graph (Fun with Music) 1947 16mm color 4mins Music: Polka from The Age of Gold by Shostakovich.
Geometric and organic shapes, lines, dots, squares, worms dance across the screen following Bute’s graph pattern of Schostakovich’s polka from the Age of Gold ballet.

9.Color Rhapsodie 1948 16mm color 6mins Music: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 von Liszt.
Is composed of optically colored images of firecrackers, clouds and a star-filled heaven as well as animated images showing for example dancing chess board formations, fluttering squares and freewheeling circles, all alternating and layered on top of each other.

10.Imagination 1957 16mm 3mins Music: Imagination by Jimmy van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Produced for Steve Allen Show on NBC.

11.New Sensations in Sound 1949 16mm 3mins Music: In-house advertising jingle,
RCA Commercial using material of previous films.

12.Pastoral 1950 16mm 6mins Music: Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach

Photographic images of diffusing liquids are layered with colored spots of light, thus following the melodic progression on two pictorial planes at once.

13.Abstronic 1952 16mm 7mins Music: Hoedown from Aaron Copeland’s Billy the Kid and Ranch House Party by Don Gillis.
For Abstronic, made up of “abstract” and “electronic”, Bute for the first time used a custom-built oscilloscope. She combined oscillograms with geometric forms and underlaid them with various painted backgrounds that partly invite association with real-life motifs.

14.Mood Contrasts 1953 16mm 7mins Music: Hymn to the Sun from The Golden Cockerel and Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Actual pictures of sound captured on cathode ray oscilloscope“ (voice over opening titles) which are combined and superimposed with images of colored liquids, reflected or refracted lights as well as animated shapes like dots, spirals and chess board patterns.

 

CITY SIGNALS
VJ & Music Performance

CitySignals is a project that evolved from modest, free-form jams in living rooms into a series of experimental sound-video-public performances. Initiated by Archana Prasad and Neurotesque, and joined by My Left-handed Cousin and Nikhil Narendra, CitySignals is a group of new media artists who are interested in experimental sonic-video performance art interventions in public spaces in Bangalore, India. It is an open platform where movement artists, visual artist, vocalists, musicians and the audience can interact in real time with the performers and the performance. This project started in January 2009 and is on-going.

 

THROUGH THE PINHOLE
Workshop conducted by P.Madhavan of GOA-CAP

This workshop offers a chance to explore the basic notion and engineering of the elusive pinhole camera and then apply these principals to their own creations. Recycled and alternative materials will be played with (including matchbox, milk tins, coke cans, etc…). The second half of the workshop will be spent testing the new alternative camera—taking pictures and experimenting with self-portraiture and landscape photos. This workshop will also explore various methods of printing and transferring images in the darkroom. We will make pinhole cameras and paper negatives followed by investigating the ways to make positives out of these negatives through coating paper. The pin hole images created by the workshop participants will then be exhibited on the final day of EXPERIMENTA (Dec 20th) at Jagaa.