Curated by Caroline Koebel
from works entered in the Filmmakers’ Cooperative in 2007
Program length: approx. 88 minutes
Participating Artists: Peggy Ahwesh, Pip Chodorov, Ken Jacobs, Bosko Blagojevic, Lynne Sachs, Chiaki Watanabe, Mike Kuchar, Flavia Souza, Joel Schlemowitz, Wanda Phipps, Martha Colburn, Sarah Pucill, Jud Yalkut, Yayoi
BEIRUT OUTTAKES (2007, DVD, sound, 7:00)
A startling digital resurrection of deteriorating 35mm trailers from the 1960s found in a ruined Lebanese movie theater.
FAUX MOUVEMENTS (WRONG MOVES) (2007, 16mm, sound, 12:00)
Having studied cognitive science and film semiotics, Pip Chodorov’s recent films and drawings explore the terrain between the two fields. Chodorov maximizes the potential hypnotic power of repetition and irregularity.
CAPITALISM: SLAVERY (2006, DVD, silent, 3:00)
An antique stereograph image of cotton-pickers, computer-animated to present the scene in an active depth even to single-eyed viewers.
DESCRIPTION OF A STRUGGLE (2007, DVD, sound, 2:55)
Remembering the 90s, distracted; a single articulation, a way in.
THE SMALL ONES (2007, 16mm, sound, 3:00)
This elliptical work, which resonates as an anti-war meditation, is composed of highly abstracted war imagery and home movies of children at a birthday party.
1/3 (ONE OVER THREE) (2006, DVD, sound, 7:00)
An audiovisual ensemble with lo-fi and minimalist aesthetics. The ensemble experiments with “one-bit” as an art expression based on one-bit technology. Sound by Tristan Perich.
TONE POEM (1984, 16mm, sound, 6:00)
CARNALEVARE (2003, DVD, sound, 5:20)
CARNALEVARE is an experimental film about the ecstasy of growth and decay. It is an attempt to reveal that the rawest materials in life are so pregnant with mystery and the capacity for change that disguising them is beside the point.
THE GLOWING WOMAN (2007, 16mm, sound, 4:00)
Spiraling colors and abstracted rotating text, poem by Wanda Phipps on the soundtrack both layered and singular.
MEET ME IN WICHITA (2007, DVD, sound, 7:00)
This work throws Osama Bin Laden into the fairytale Land of Oz. A combination of watercolors, collage and paint on glass animation, this film is a play between fact, fiction, politics, fantasy, terror and morality.
BACKCOMB (1995, DVD, Shot on 16mm, 6:00)
In her film, the feminine, is neither personified nor idealised but remains symbolic – we never see the face of the woman with the black hair, nor do we hear her
speak, but we come to see her as an almost elemental force. She suggests there is no escaping restrictive social definitions without some kind of violence, symbolic or otherwise. — Chris Darke, London Production Fund
KUSAMA’S SELF-OBLITERATION (1967/2007, 16mm, sound, 24:00)
A film exploration of the work and aesthetic concepts of Yayoi Kusama, painter, sculptor, and environmentalist, conceived in terms of an intense emotional experience with metaphysical overtones, an extension of my ultimate interest in a total fusion of the arts in a spirit of mutual collaboration.