Remediating War

Vietnam In/On Film
4 films
We commemorate the fiftieth anniversaries of key works from the Film-Makers’ Coop that protested the Vietnam War during the 1960s.

Films

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    Viet-Flakes
    Experimental

    Viet-Flakes
    Carolee Schneemann

    16mm, black and white, sound, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Time of the Locust
    Experimental

    Time of the Locust
    Peter Gessner

    16mm, black and white, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Found Footage
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    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1
    Experimental

    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 44 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Found Footage
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    Kill For Peace
    Experimental

    Kill For Peace
    Fred Safran

    16mm, black and white, sound, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm

Description

We commemorate the fiftieth anniversaries of key works from the Film-Makers’ Coop that protested the Vietnam War during the 1960s.

As hundreds of thousands across the country flocked to the streets to articulate their dissent, artists and filmmakers took up the mantle of the political avant-garde to seek out aesthetic forms adequate to the political demands of the age. Highlighting the technique of re-mediation whereby found picture and sound are repurposed to unveil the ironies at the heart of official political discourse, this program likewise serves as an object lesson in impoverished, artisanal aesthetics that countermand the war machine’s technological super-production. We offer these as primers in radical aesthetics for an age that, as urgently as ever, demands avant-garde art’s alliance with movement politics.

Program by David Fresko