Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 55, Spring

An Interview with Alfred Guzzetti
Despite his considerable accomplishments and his longevity as a moving-image artist, Alfred Guzzetti is little known among aficionados of avant-garde cinema. There are at least two reasons for this. First, throughout his career as filmmaker and experimental...
Better Viewed on the Wall of an Art Gallery? Institution, Aesthetics and Experimental Film
BETTER VIEWED ON THE WALL OF AN ART GALLERY? INSTITUTION, AESTHETICS AND EXPERIMENTAL FILMFirst presented at Moving Image and Institution: Cinema and the Museum in the 21" Century, CRASSH, 6-8 July 2011.My interest in the relationship between the cinema...
Eija-Liisa Ahtila
EIJA-LIISA AHTILAAt Marian Goodman Gallery, New YorkOctober 25 - December 3, 201 1Eija-Liisa Ahtila presents a fine array of works devoted to the analysis of cinematic language in her recent show at the Marian Goodman Gallery. Anthropomorphic Exercises...
Immersed in the Single Channel: Experimental Media from Theater to Gallery
In Steve Reinke's Anal Masturbation and Object Loss (Video) (2002), we encounter the artist preparing a book for the library in the art school he plans to start. A shot of his hands busy with a glue stick pairs with a rumination on contemporary art in...
In Memoriam: George Kuchar (1942-2011)
"Hello Marie, it is George!" " George Kuchar!" George was at my door, knocking. I could already hear him laughing with the same duck voice as Mike, that unique Kuchar voice!He walked through the door with his video camera pointing at my face and talking...
In Memoriam: Jordan Belson (1926-2011)
FIGURES OF LIGHT: A REMEMBRANCENested within the camera obscura of my faded memory is another dark room, a very small room that looms large in remembering Jordan Belson. I had come to his tiny North Beach apartment in the summer of 1968 to interview...
In Memoriam: Owen Land A.K.A. George Landow (1944-2011)
In September of 2011, I was surprised (in fact, shocked) when I received a press release from Anthology Film Archives, noting a series of memorial screenings to mark the recent passing of notable figures in the history of the avant-garde cinema: the...
In Memoriam: Robert Breer (1926-2011)
ROBERT BREER IN PARISTo discover Breer is like having scales fall from your eyes. It wasn't until I discovered and pursued animation, that curiously obsessive, lonely craft, that I understood just how radical, how liberating Breer, was for animation,...
In Memoriam: Robert Nelson (1930-2011)
Robert Nelson has died. He was 81. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer about a year ago, and had decided to not receive treatment, to go out in his own way, as he could only do, as Chick Strand had decided to do before him.He hadn't been taking...
Introduction
Black box or white cube? The question feels almost age-old - or maybe just clichéd. Even so, there was a time when cinema's obvious place was in the black box - and now, as avant-garde cinema morphs into artists' cinema, it is difficult to imagine an...
Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs
ON TIC | TIC ONOPTIC ANTICS: THE CINEMA OF KEN JACOBSYou've probably heard that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. In the case of Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs (Edited by Michele Pierson, David E. James, and Paul Arthur, Oxford University...
Scenarios for Three Video Installations
A FOREWORDAs a playwright, my interest lay in the theatrical space as much as in the action that unfolded there - especially on the highly figurative, anti-naturalistic stages most often associated with the European avant garde and also with the vast...
The Emergence of Steina
In the mid-1970s, Steina, as she henceforth became known, began exploring the idea and the operation of what she called "Machine Vision." She did not follow her husband Woody Vasulka's attempt to ever more precisely capture, display, define - and finally...
The Re-Emergence of the Film/video Loop
Today it is hard to walk through the contemporary section of an art museum without seeing at least one example of audio-visual media running as loops, made possible at all stages of production, post-production, distribution, and exhibition by advances...
The Territory of Images
THE TERRITORY OF IMAGESHarun Farocki, Images of War at a DistanceMuseum of Modern Art, New York, June 29, 2011 -January 2, 2012My first encounter with the work of Harun Farocki was a mediated representation -Jill Godmilow's What Farocki Taught (1998)....