Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 39/40, Winter

Avant-Garde Film Diary
REVIEWSAVANT-GARDE FILM DIARYJANUARY 20, 2002 - SCRATCH AND TWITCH AT REMOTEIt's quite common to see film and video shows in bars, but never before have I seen the bar itself become the show. Remote, the drinking establishment in question, sets a new...
Ernie Gehr's Cotton Candy
If we try to understand and to explain the means by which music exerts its powerful effects, we do not reach our goals by describing the structure of the piano and of the violin, or by explaining the physical laws of sound. We must proceed to the psychology...
Expanded Cinema and Its Relationship to the Avant-Garde
SOME REASONS FOR A REVIEW OF THE AVANT-GARDE DEBATES AROUND NARRATIVITYIn the second half of the twentieth century the history and theory of experimental film and video was written with a bias towards modernist material concerns stemming from Clement...
Inhabited Text
The following is an excerpt from my PhD thesis. Titled Inhabited Content: An exploration into the role of the viewer through the realisation of In Conversation and other works, the thesis was based on an analysis of a number of my own artworks-usually...
John Smith
Rest assured, it's not just a pseudonym. John Smith is one of England's finest avant-garde filmmakers, and one of its more prolific. In thirty years he 's finished about as many films and videos, and shown them in museums, galleries and festivals around...
Len Lye: A Biography
LEN LYE: A BIOGRAPHYBY ROGER HORROCKSRoger Horrock's recently published biography of Len Lye presents an unusual and comprehensive take on Twentieth Century art. LEN LYE: A Biography tells the life story of an artist who was able to transcend the typical...
Peggy Ahwesh
MacDonald: You take pride in your Pittsburgh background, in part, I assume, because it's been important in experimental filmmaking, with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Field of Vision, the scholar Lucy Fischer at University of Pittsburgh. Also, it's Warhol's...
Reflections on the Avant-Garde Experience: A Meditation on Phil Solomon's the Secret Garden
I"Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism: they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstandings. Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen...
(Re)performing the Archive: Barbara Lattanzi & Hollis Frampton in Dialogue
Genealogies of performance...[take] into account the give and take of transmissions, posted in the past, arriving in the present, delivered by living messengers, speaking in tongues not entirely their own. Orature is an art of listening as well as speaking;...
Voicebox
VOICEBOXIA woman leans toward a microphone, singing. She's in a booth, alone; we see her as a shadow. Images on a screen: a woman dances; her head moves slowly side to side; she rolls on the bare wood floor. A woman sleeps; the river flows over her;...