Artists' Television Access


Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:00 pm, $7-$10

Katagami / Michael Lyons / 03:10 / 2016 / Super8 (digital presentation) / Japan/Canada/U.K.
Stop-motion animation made by photographing and re-photographing antique kimono resist-dyeing stencils in positive and negative. Small variations in the repeating pattern elements generate apparent motion. Developed in Matchanal (powdered green tea, vitamin
C, washing soda).

Michael Lyons is a researcher and artist based in Kyoto, Japan. He works as Professor of Image and Arts and Science at
Ritsumeikan University, and is currently enjoying a nearly 100% analogical sabbatical in Barcelona, Spain. He hold an artistic
residency at Hangar, where he is building a new optisonic modular synthesizer and is also a visiting member at Crater Lab.

Deux Champs (Two Fields) / Kevin Obsatz / 07:51 / 2015 / 16mm (digital presentation) / USA
In 1953, a young photographer in Greenwich Village took a photo of Marcel Duchamp that was double-exposed by mistake. Over 50 years later, he saw his own photo in Smithsonian Magazine, and learned that it would be featured at the Smithsonian Museum in a Duchamp retrospective. Deux Champs (Two Fields) is a short, black and white documentary shot on 16mm film which gives Victor Obsatz, now in his 90s, an opportunity to reflect upon that day, and everything that has happened since.

Kevin Obsatz is the son of the cousin of Victor Obsatz, but the two had never met until one day in the spring of 2015, when Kevin arrived in New Jersey to capture this story with a 16mm Bolex camera. Since the crux of the story is a double-exposed black and white negative, it seemed important to shoot this project on film and create double-exposures in-camera, trusting in fate that the footage would turn out okay.

Invocation of Uzi / Ross Meckfessel / 04:30 / 2014 / Super8 (digital presentation)/ USA
Ostensibly an abstracted portrait of actress Jojo Hill as she portrays five different characters in this behind-the-scenes documentary of Uzi’s Party: an experimental pagan teen drama by Lyra Hill. However, the film is also a ritual in and of itself; it captures the energies within the pagan temple used as a filming location, while visually portraying the disintegration of identity that occurs throughout the narrative of Uzi’s Party.

Ross Meckfessel is an artist and filmmaker who works primarily in Super 8 and 16mm film. His films often utilize pop music, appropriated commercial images, and horror tropes emphasizing materiality and poetic structure while exploring apocalyptic obsession, contemporary ennui, and the technological landscape. His work has screened internationally and throughout the United States including CalArts, Onion City Film Festival, and The 100 Dollar Film Festival where he was awarded best 16mm film.

Notes from the Interior / Ben Balcom / 11′ / 16mm (digital presentation) / 2015 / USA
Wandering through the body puzzling out a system of symbols. The trouble is, affect resists signification outright. The inside and outside become muddled when you start to feel your body in relation to an image.

Ben Balcom was born in Massachusetts and raised in Illinois. He received his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his bachelor’s degree in Film-Video Production from Hampshire College. Ben currently teaches film production at UWM and is the technical director for the Milwaukee Film Festival. He is also a co-founder and programmer of Microlights Cinema. Since 2013, Microlights has hosted nearly 30 film and video artists from around the world.

Terre di Peccioli / Arepo / 2′ / 16mm (digital presentation) / 2016 / UK
A short documentary showing the daily life of a small Tuscan village, where people seem to magically merge with the rural surrounding and where time appears to have stopped.

Arepo is a filmmaker based in London, where he founded his own production company Arepo Films, specializing in the use of 16mm and 35mm film media. Credits include Contemplazione, Eso and Music Sound Machine.

Document for Hope / Margaret Rorison / 07:40 / 2016 / 16mm (digital presentation) / USA
The sterile and procedural narrative of the Baltimore City Police Scanner recorded on Monday April 27 against precious moments of gathering, celebration and protest in Baltimore from April 28 – May 3, 2015.

Documentation: Margaret Rorison // Thanks to Karl Ekdahl for providing the BCP scanner recordings. Baltimore, Maryland 2015. Margaret Rorison is an artist and curator from Baltimore, Maryland. Her current work often develops from solitary walks through rural and urban landscapes, using in-camera editing techniques and field recordings to create short 16mm films and live performances accompanying other sound artists. Her work has shown at various festivals and venues in Europe and North America. Rorison is the co-founder and director of the Baltimore based experimental film and workshop series, Sight Unseen.

The end. A mexican movie / Annalisa D. Quagliata / 2′ 33” / 16mm (digital presentation) / 2016 / Mexico
A short film that re-appropriates and subverts the romantic story of “Two monks” (1934) focusing on the female protagonist that is murdered. The constant masculine aggression and her bold defense resonate with the issues of violence and femicide still corroding Mexico and Latin america. Two stories in one: Men putting an end to thousands of women’s lives and women fighting to put an end to that terrible history.

Annalisa D. Quagliata (b. Veracruz, Mexico 1990) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and installations focus on the human body and portraiture. She is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she majored in Film/Video and Studio for Interrelated Media.

Harbour City / Simon Liu / 14′ / 2015 / 16mm (digital presentation) / Hong Kong – UK
A view through cracks between fish markets and high-rise buildings; urban imagery of Hong Kong and the indulgence of domestic life. Massage parlors, dim sum parlors, nail parlors —its Parlor City, baby! Views thicken; detail lost to generations. A dream of turning two images into one, a density of information reserved for the modern cloud.

Simon Liu lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a member of the artist-run Negativland Motion Picture Lab, where he prints, processes and completes his films on 16mm.

OTARIE // Sophie B. /2′ 45” / super8 (digital presentation) / 2016 / France
Fusion between man and animal, on an air of death metal. Sophie BOULOUX alias Sophie.B experimental filmmaker since 1999. Her work reveals a rich variety of creative concrete poetry, photographs and artwork. Many mediums which depict a real dialectic of strange worlds describing this strong probity to design some creations representing the foundations of her personality.

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