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Daily | Tony Conrad, 1940 – 2016

10 April 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Yesterday, Buffalo News arts critic Colin Dabrowski broke the news that composer, artist and filmmaker Tony Conrad had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 76. "Conrad, who taught in the University at Buffalo's media study department since 1976, was idolized by a generation of composers, musicians and artists who credit him with changing the course of American art and music with his seemingly endless series of inventive projects, performances and installations." Artforum adds that "Jack Smith, Mike Kelley, and Henry Flynt were among his many frequent collaborators. Conrad also composed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music, which included John Cale and La Monte Young. A book in his collection, titled The Velvet Underground, ultimately gave rise to the name of Lou Reed’s eponymous band." » - David Hudson »

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"A Matter of Visibility" at First Look 2016

22 January 2016 9:38 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Her Silent SeamingPerhaps more than most other forms of cinema, experimental film and video is an auteur’s medium through and through. Since the production model for avant-garde work is almost exclusively artisanal, with a single individual (or possibly a duo or an artists’ collective) making the work from a studio context similar to that or a sculptor or photographer, it only makes sense to consider these works are expressions of an artist’s point of view. As such, those of us who regularly engage with experimental work will inevitably use the artist as the primary mode of categorization—who to keep track of, who seems promising, etc.But there’s a bit more to it. One of the greatest joys of avant-garde filmgoing, as any fan will tell you, is seeing an expertly curated program of films, be they new short works, recontextualized classics, or some combination thereof. A »

- Michael Sicinski

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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Lineup, Round 12

21 January 2016 7:13 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale presents the complete lineup of this year's Forum Expanded program: "The reference points here include genres such as science fiction (Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind, Clemens von Wedemeyer), war (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson) or horror films (Anja Kirschner), Egyptian film and media history (Heba Amin, Islam Kamal, Mayye Zayed) as well as the work of directors such as Yvonne Rainer (Kerstin Schroedinger), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Anja Kirschner), Michelangelo Antonioni (Volker Sattel), Alain Resnais, Chris Marker (Joe Namy, Clemens von Wedemeyer), Ingmar Bergman (Maged Nader) or Jack Smith (Marie Losier). Museum and exhibition culture (Assad Gruber, Hila Peleg), the history of sculptures and monuments (Heinz Emigholz, Ahmad Ghossein, Joe Namy) or art concepts such as Lettrism (Mika Taanila) equally flow into new forms of expression within which the artists then position themselves." » - David Hudson »

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