Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 56, Fall

A Materialist Film Practice in the Digital Age
My media practice always begins with some tangible phenomena. For this reason, I prefer to use methods that allow me to reflect on the 'real' while at the same time reshaping it. Light-sensitive emulsion is my gateway to re-imagining and re-experiencing...
Bruce Elder's Film-Digital Hybrids & Materialist Historiography
Avant-garde cinema in the last decade has witnessed a considerable growth of digital experimental filmmaking, which has been represented by both such veteran practitioners as Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Ernie Gehr, Phil Solomon, to name just a few, and...
Error as Critical Praxis
ERROR AS CRITICAL PRAXISPeter Krapp's Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (Electronic Meditations)It is unfortunate that new media are, too often, presented, advertised, and displayed as clean and pure things in utopie spaces. Entirely...
EVAN MEANEY: The Well of Representation
EVAN MEANEY: the well of representation"The attraction and power, then, of computers is that they afford means to test and exercise our understanding of what we are doing with any tool, what we mean when we say that we make something, what we mean when...
In Memoriam: Amos Vogel (1921-2012)
I do not remember exactly when I met Amos Vogel, but it must have been when I was working toward Cinema 16: Documents toward a Hutory of the Film Society, somewhere in the late 1970s. At the time, Amos was transitioning into retirement. He still loved...
In Memoriam: Chris Marker (1921-2012)
Chris Marker died on his 91st birthday, July 29, at his home in Paris s 20th arrondissement (métro stop: Maraîchers). To his countless correspondents, the only admission of failing health was what we might deduce from the emailed images he began to send...
Introduction
With the bankruptcy of Kodak, the movie industry's embrace of 'the digital', the reduction of services by some film labs and the closing of others, the photochemical cinema appears to be in free-fall. However, moving image artists around the world continue...
Jodi: Street Digital
JODI: STREET DIGITALMuseum of the Moving Image, New YorkMarch 31 -May 21, 2012"We are dead serious," said Joan (with JODI's usual deadpan affect) in response to the last question at their talk at FAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) in April. Joan Heemskerk...
Laure Prouvost: Incorrect Syntax
'Look there! Look!'Viewers of Laure Prouvost's films must be on their mettle, alert to the instructions directed to them, sometimes sotte voce, in whispered tones of French inflection, other times as white text on black, alternatively solicitous, cajoling,...
Michael Snow: In the Way
MICHAEL SNOW: IN THE WAYJack Shainman Gallery, New YorkJanuary 7 - February 11, 2012Michael Snow's recent show at the Jack Shainman Gallery featured digital-video polygons of synthetic color sliding briskly across die walls. The white walls carried the...
'More Captivating Than Phosphorus'
MATERIAL FILM: there & whereNothing distinguishes me ontologically from a crystal, a plant, an animal, or the order of the world; we are drifting together towards the noise and the black depths of die universe, and our diverse systemic complexions...
Navigating Algorithmic Editing: Algorithmic Editing as an Alternative Approach to Database Cinema
Ideas are not separable from an autonomous sequence or sequencing of ideas in thought that Spinoza calls concatenatio. This concatenation of signs unites form and material, constituting thought as a spiritual automaton.- D.N. Rodowick, The Virtual Life...
Performative Contradictions
CONCEPTUAL SPECIFICITIESThe project (if we can call it that) is to question the "expanded" cinematic forms that argue in favor of a certain crisis and perhaps overcoming in the concept of medium-specificity. What we desire is nothing more, and nothing...
Photographic Memory: Diary of a Viewer
Imagine a theorist1, following the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, postulating a lost civilization whose sole purpose was photography. Under its regency every photograph that ever needed to be taken was taken. The camera was as ubiquitous as Cocteau's...
Processing Parameters
It works, or I think it works. I think I'll just introduce myself, and we'll get started. I'm Paul Sharits [audience laughter], and I'd like to speak a few words on the virtues of the single-screen presentation in a fixed amount of time [HF laughs]....
Processing Parameters: A Lecture by Hollis Frampton
Hollis Frampton delivered this lecture, "Processing Parameters," at The Materials of Film: A Conference on the Basic Elements of the Medium and Its Operations, presented by the Center for Media Study, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Media...
Sculpting Time: An Interview with Michael Snow
"Movies are supposed to move, stupid. Nobody can do a movie with still images."Thirty years after hearing his childhood friend utter these words, Chris Marker made La jetée (1962), a seminal science fiction film constructed almost entirely from still...
Tacita Dean Film
TACITA DEAN FILMTate Modern, London11 October 2011 - 11 March 2012"Film is chemistry: chemistry that has produced the miracle of the moving image" - Tacita DeanIn February 201 1, London-based Soho Film Lab, recently taken over by the American company...