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Infinite Regress

Jeff Donaldson, video/sound performance, 2013, 10min
A real-time audio/visual improvisation generated with a Panasonic WJ-MX12 video mixer. For Infinite Regress, the video output signal is split into two signals: one signal is sent to an audio processing device and the other is sent back into the video input of the Panasonic creating a feedback loop. Audio and video are therefore perceived as an abstract continuum which is guided live. What one sees is what one hears and what one hears is what one sees.

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Jeff Donaldson is an audio/visual artist who has been working with feedback systems since the late 1980s. At the beginning of the new millennium, Donaldson began applying the concept of feedback to video game systems, transforming them into generative audio/visual instruments. Since publishing his video work online, Donaldson has exhibited internationally as well as helped to pioneer the fields of video bending and glitch aesthetics. He is currently based in New York.


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Pittsburgh 8/16/68

Ted Kennedy, 16mm to HD video, b/w, sound, 2013, 1min 30sec
Pittsburgh 8/16/68 is part of a series of films based on the original 16mm camera rolls from a Pittsbugh TV news station during 1968/69.

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Ted Kennedy has a BA in Economics and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Walk in the Flesh

Filipe Afonso, video, col, sound, 2013, 6min 40sec
Walk in the Flesh is a video that appropriates the original images of “Scanners” by David Cronenberg. These images were compressed and were underwent, along with the sound, a robotic and repetitive treatment, giving them a new reading. The characters that  creep  and  vaguely let themselves be seen in the film wander in a struggle to gain life, life in the flesh, rather than a digital and mental existence, that fails.

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Filipe Afonso (b. 1985, Portugal) studied Science Information at Porto University, Cinema at ESTC (Lisbon) and FAMU (Prague) and he’s enrolled in a New Media Studies master at FCSH-UNL (Lisbon). He has directed four films in 2012.

a recipe for making a camera-less computational video – American Style

Jolene Mok, HD video, col, sound, 2012, 3min 55sec
As a video maker, I find it hard to accept that this creative form has become so easy to engage in due to the availability of various hybrid technologies. As a result, I challenged myself to make video without the ʻcrutchʼ of an actual camera.

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Jolene Mok (b. 1984) was born and raised in Hong Kong. An itinerant experimental artist, she takes video, film & new media arts as her major creative platforms. Mok earned her M.F.A. in Experimental & Documentary Arts at Duke University. She persistently exposes herself in different geographies, as she believes only through introducing herself to unfamiliar locations, she could truly understand and connect to the world.Since 2006, Mok’s films have been shown worldwide. Her other digital creations have traveled to academic conferences in Finland, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Brazil & US.

Paradise Lost

Laura Trager, Super 8mm to digital, col, sound, 2013, 4min 12sec
Paradise Lost is a sensory exploration of the tropical environment of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The footage for this film was shot on Super 8mm film in December 2012, and finalized digitally (picture and sound edit). Music by Las Robertas.

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Laura Trager is a current graduate student in Media Studies at The New School, NYC. With a background in media and cultural theory Laura’s artistic and academic interest is film philosophy. Since moving to NYC in Fall 2011, she works in 16mm and Super 8mm film, as well as in digital video, still photography and sound.

How To Walk To Manhattan

John Wilson, video, 2013, col, sound, 9min 38sec
A distracted walking tour of an exhausting commute.

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John Wilson is a Brooklyn-based hobbyist with access to editing equipment.

Monotonize Series: Snow

Ellen Mueller, video, col, sound, 2013, 1min 9sec
This series investigates concepts of corporate management systems, prison establishments, sisyphean tasks, and surveillance systems by decontextualizing familiar tasks and placing them natural settings. These actions expose an inherent absurdity and a dry humor.

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Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring the everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. Recent exhibitions span a variety of venues including CNN.com, the Cardiff Story Museum, and the Taubman Museum of Art. Recently, she has been selected for residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ucross Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland.

Lithuanian Family

Jonas Lozoraitis, Super8mm to digital, color, silent, 2013, 3min
The work, filmed in super 8 mm, depicts a Lithuanian family gathering to celebrate Easter.
The global expulsion of the film medium by digital technology is met by substantial changes in demographics, the economy and societal values in Lithuania. The significance of these transformations gives rise to uncertainty concerning the survival of tradition and the meaning of progress.

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Jonas Lozoraitis (b. Vilnius, Lithuania, 1987) lives and works in London and New York City and studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.
He previously studied Business Management and Analytics at ISM University of Management and Economics and Applied Mathematics at Vilnius University. Jonas worked as chief archivist of Fluxus Collection of Vilnius and was curator at Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center.
He works primarily in film, video and photography.

Happy Home

Tim Geraghty, video, col, sound, 2013, 8min
A found-footage piece sourced from an early 90’s promotional video for a Christian Ministry that would try to “change” LGBT people to heterosexual.  The re-closeting company folded in June 2013 after 40 years.  I was interested in the video’s excessive use of dissolves and other transitional effects (it looks like George Kuchar’s late student films).  My work was reduce the video to its aesthetics only.  I’m wondering what, on a subtle level, the intention was behind the excessive use of these hypnotic fades, effects, and transitions – where a surface change can pass for an inner one.  Where change appears to be possible.

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Tim Geraghty works as a professional TV/Film editor and is an experimental film/video maker.

Village of the Damned

Melissa Frielding, 16mm to HD video, b/w, sound, 2013, 3min 20sec
No demands? What do they want? Why are they here? This is a hand-processed camera roll shot around occupied Zuccotti Park last September, 2011. An observation of direct democracy and DIY tactics activating a link to history and spectacles of mass demonstration from earlier eras.

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Melissa Friedling is a filmmaker interested in merging original and found media that is repurposed to tell alternative or parallel narratives.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Unstoppable Death Machines “TRIAL & ERROR”

Scott Cramer, video, col, sound, 2013, 3min 37sec
Official music video for band Unstoppable Death Machines’ song Trial & Error.

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Scott Cramer is a Brooklyn based cinematographer and music video director. Abandoning his West Coast upbringing, Scott Cramer moved to New York City in 2007 to solidify himself as a staple in the video arts and multi-media community of Brooklyn.

The 10 Most Popular Ways The World Will End

Richard Sylvarnes, film transferred to digital, 2013, 4min 5sec
Scientists gather at a conference and vote on how they believe the world will end. These are their final top ten choices. Paintings of the universe are animated as the list is read by Mabou Mines founder Frederick Neumann.

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Richard Sylvarnes is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician. In September he will screen his works at The Emerson Gallery in Berlin. He recently premiered his latest feature experimental film in February at The Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn with a live musical accompaniment by Zero Times Everything. His work screens nationally and internationally including at The Tribeca Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, The Kitchen, Chelsea Art Museum, Thessalonica Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Dances Camera West, Museek International Music Video Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, Galerie Du Jour , Paris, Galerie Tristesse, Berlin, among many others. He has been a guest Lecturer at Harvard University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Filmmakers Cooperative.


Eva, can I stab bats in a cavE?

Bradley Eros, double 16mm film performance, live sound, 2013, 12min 21sec
A double palindrome projection.

A “spelunking excursion of gravity in reverse”,
or,  an  extravehicular activity {EVA}.

It’s forward – backward / sound & silent / inverted – subverted / black & white and color /  found, altered & optically-printed.

A  –  B  –  C  –  B  –  A   or   A / B / C // C / B / A    or   123454321

spelunking  = n.,  the sport, hobby, or practice of exploring caves.

excursion  = n., 1. a short journey or ramble (returning afterward to the  starting point)  2. a pleasure trip made by a number of people. 3. digression, expedition, deviation.  4. expansion and contraction.

gravity = n.,  the force that attracts bodies toward the center of the  Earth. a quality of having weight. adj.important or serious. sobriety.

reverse = adj.,  moving in the opposite direction, upside down.
to turn the other way around or up or inside out.  to travel backward; reverse gears. n., the reverse side or effect. the opposite of the usual manner. contrary.

EVA = abbr., extravehicular activity.  experimental visual analog.

palindrome = n., a word or phrase (or temporal or visual work) that reads the same backward as forward, as rotator; nurses run; Eva,…
running back again. Also a number {12:21, 3210123}, song or film.


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