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18 DECEMBER 2016

Un Chien Andalou: the surrealist masterpiece restored and corrected

"The film as shown here plays in 'actual time', slowing down the hyper, 16 minutes cut to a more deliberately paced 21+ minutes. The image is less contrast-blown than any version I have seen, not to mention that it is no longer heavily cropped. The score, too, is different, dropping the now iconic tango back-and-forth with Wagner, with just a straight run through the Wagner."

(Blake Williams, 22 February 2011)

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1929 • Albert Duverger • black and white • Blake Williams • Fano Messan • film restoration • Filmoteca Espanola • hermaphrodite • influential works • Jaume Miravitlles • Jimmy Berliet • Luis Bunuel • Marval • masterpiecemasterwork • Original Aspect Ratio (OAR) • Pierre Batcheff • Pierre Schild • restorationRobert Hommetsilent cinemasilent filmSimone Mareuilsurrealist cinema • surrealist masterpiece • Un Chien Andalou (1929)

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Simon Perkins
21 MARCH 2015

Loophole Cinema: artist collective exploring film in an expanded form

"1989 -1998 A collective of artists, specialising in large scale installation and performance work, usually of a site specific nature."

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16mm1989artist collectiveaudiovisual performance • Bea Haut • Ben Hayman • bodily intervention • British artistcelluloidexpanded cinemaexperimental artistic practices • exterior skin • film in an expanded form • film projection • Greg Pope • image creation • inter-related moments • interactive shadow engines • interior space • Ivan Pope • Javanese shadow puppets • kinetic machinery • large scale installationlight projection • Loophole Cinema (artist collective) • magic lanternmaterial practicemulti-screen • multi-screen projection • multi-screen projection works • multiscreen projections • non-representationaloptical toy • Paul Rodgers • performance work • pre-cinematic history • projected image • projection works • self and surroundings • shadow photographyshadow playsilent film • site-responsive works • site-specific installation • videorama technologies • visual abstractionvisual pattern

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Simon Perkins
28 DECEMBER 2012

Influential American experimental cinema: Meshes of the Afternoon

"Meshes of the Afternoon is one of the most influential works in American experimental cinema. A non–narrative work, it has been identified as a key example of the 'trance film,' in which a protagonist appears in a dreamlike state, and where the camera conveys his or her subjective focus. The central figure in Meshes of the Afternoon, played by Deren, is attuned to her unconscious mind and caught in a web of dream events that spill over into reality. Symbolic objects, such as a key and a knife, recur throughout the film; events are open–ended and interrupted. Deren explained that she wanted 'to put on film the feeling which a human being experiences about an incident, rather than to record the incident accurately.'

Made by Deren with her husband, cinematographer Alexander Hammid, Meshes of the Afternoon established the independent avant–garde movement in film in the United States, which is known as the New American Cinema. It directly inspired early works by Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, and other major experimental filmmakers. Beautifully shot by Hammid, a leading documentary filmmaker and cameraman in Europe (where he used the surname Hackenschmied) before he moved to New York, the film makes new and startling use of such standard cinematic devices as montage editing and matte shots. Through her extensive writings, lectures, and films, Deren became the preeminent voice of avant–garde cinema in the 1940s and the early 1950s."

(MoMA, 2004)

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999.

Maya Deren (1943). "Meshes of the Afternoon", 16mm film, black and white, silent, 14 min. Acquired from the Artist.

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16mm1943 • Alexander Hackenschmied • Alexander Hammid • American cinemaavant-garde cinemablack and whiteBolexcinemacinematic devicescloakdeathdream • dream world • dreamlike qualityeditingexperimental cinemaexperimental film • experimental filmmaker • filmfilm pioneerfilmmakerflowerFreudianindependent cinemainfluential directorinfluential worksKenneth Angerkeyknife • matte • Maya Deren • Meshes of the Afternoon • mirrorMoMA • New American Cinema • non-narrativeopen-endedpersonal filmrecurring ideasrepetitionrhythmscreen-mediated virtual spaceseminalsilent filmstaircaseStan Brakhagesurrealist cinemasymbolic meaningsymbolism • Teiji Ito • tranceunconscious desires • unconscious meaning • women in filmwomen in historywordless

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Simon Perkins
14 SEPTEMBER 2012

World's first colour film footage viewed for first time

"'It's very significant indeed, it's the world's first natural colour film and the fact that it's a Brit who invented it is fantastic.'

Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archives, said the 1902 footage was of international significance for the cinema world.

The films were made by Edward Raymond Turner from London who patented his colour process on 22 March, 1899. Some of the footage features Mr Turner's children in the garden of their home in Hounslow."

(12 September 2012, BBC News)

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in a tin for 110 years.

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1902BFIBFI National ArchiveBritish Film Institute • Charles Urban • cinema • cinema apparatus • colour • colour effect • colour filmcolour process • colour reproduction • cultural history • Edward Raymond Turner • George Albert Smith • historical importancehistory of cinema • international significance • invention • invention of cinema • Kinemacolour • mechanical deviceNational Media Museumnatural colour • natural colour film • non-standard size • pioneeringprojectorsilent cinemasilent filmTechnicolortechnology innovationUK

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Simon Perkins
14 JANUARY 2012

Virtual Circuit: a cabinet of cinema curiosities

"The project 'Virtual Circuit' contains a crowing collection of important avant–garde cinema, audio, lecture and science related to human creativity. Please notice it's a strictly noncommercial project with the goal to show old and new innovations in visuals, sound and new media."

(wiewunderbar@gmx.de)

Fig.1 Cuban Telephone Company (1950) "Historia de la telefonía en Cuba".

Fig.2 Yoshinao Satoh (1991). "Papers", A brilliant structuralistic animation made with japanese newspapers.

Fig.3 Andrew Huang (2005). "Doll Face", A machine with a doll face mimics images on television screen in search of a satisfactory visage. Doll Face presents a visual account of desires misplaced and identities fractured by our technological extension into the future.

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avant-gardeavant-garde cinemacabinet of curiositiescinemacinema historycollectionCubadocumentariesdocumentaryexperimental cinemaexperimental film • fine art documentaries • human creativity • new innovations • noncommercial project • short filmsilent filmsocial reality • sound innovation • structuralistic animation • Virtual Circuit • visual communication • visual innovation

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Simon Perkins
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