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Prisoner’s Cinema (2012) by Joshua Gen Solondz

14 April, 2014 by

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Prisoner’s Cinema
Joshua Gen Solondz, Los Angeles, 2012, 10 min, video, sound

Essentially a trance-inducing flicker film, Prisoner’s Cinema opens by establishing a simple, yet aggressive, black and white flashing sequence, defined by its frenetic pace and hypnotic pattern. It assaults and entrances the viewer with its rapid optical rhythm; a low-toned droning sound and a high frequency stuttering provide a sonic anchor that augments the hypnotic effects of the flashing imagery.

Before long, the flashing evolves into a sequence that introduces faint optical art patterns, which are sprinkled between the flickering of black and white and grey frames, jolting the visual shock even further. These faint patterns become brighter, and clearer, and more bold, flash-morphing onward to reveal a circular portal emblazoned with an op art pattern.

It’s a blinding and spellbindingly fun ride of coruscation.


Visites Possibles (2014) by Sabrina Ratté

27 February, 2014 by


Visites Possibles
Sabrina Ratté, Montreal, 2014, 7 min, video, sound by Roger Tellier-Craig

Panning back-and-forth in a colorful gradient-skinned room, Visites Possibles lodges varicolored imagery into the architecture of its virtual space, producing a sensationally vibrant animated experience, replete with lurid colored imagery and emblazoned with shapes and patterns, and exalted by a soundtrack from Roger Tellier-Craig.

Originally made for computersclub.org

Flashings In The Mirror (2010) by Jasper Elings

23 December, 2013 by


Jasper Elings
Flashings In The Mirror
The Hague, Netherlands | 2010 | 1 min | video | sound

Flashings In The Mirror concatenates many found photos — older era “selfie” photos — into a rhythmic and moving sequence, wherein each camera flash provides hypnotic eye trace.

Our Relationships Will Become Radiant (2011) by James Lowne

26 November, 2013 by


James Lowne
Our Relationships Will Become Radiant
London, England | 2011 | 9 min | video | sound

watch –> here

Three narratives unfold together. Inside a vast nature reserve sits a solitary building, a café, where an important meeting is being held by executives. Outside in the park – the collective singular lounge about wearing fancy garments. Images are exchanged, participation simulated: the interminable present. Meanwhile, the dormant wildlife fades away. (JL)

Our Relationships Will Become Radiant screened at Vision Quest 2013 as part of the Computer Blood 2.0 program.

Vision Quest 2013 — Mark Your Calendars, Nov 21–23 at MANA Contemporary

9 November, 2013 by



November 21–23 2013 at Mana Contemporary
2233 S. Throop St. Chicago, IL, 60608 (map) — 7pm
Curated by Andrew Rosinski & Fern Silva

Aloha folks, mark your calendars for Vision Quest 2013 — which is less than two weeks away — and will feature an abundance of new media art, video art, internet art vids, and avant-garde film, with subsequent new media performances and after parties.

This years festival will run Thursday–Saturday (11/21-11/23) featuring work by Ben Russell, Laida Lertxundi, Kim Asendorf, Rick Silva, Anthony Antonellis, Bunny Rogers, Darja Bajagic, Alexandra Gorczynski, Shana Moulton, Trisha Baga, Kerry Laitala, Michael Robinson, Sabrina Ratté, Tomonari Nishikawa, Stephanie Barber, Theodore Darst, Jennifer Chan, Chris Collins, Andrew Lampert, Deborah Stratman, Leslie Thornton, and many more.

Real-time A/V performances will feature Nick Briz, A Bill Miller, James Connolly, Jon Satrom & Ben Syverson, and an open call NO-MEDIA performance.

After parties will be DJed by Sich Mang, DJ BLACKTWITTER, and Violet Systems.

Soon our VQ micro-site will launch and will include all of the program information, we’ll keep you posted.


2013 Eyeworks Festival, Chicago

4 November, 2013 by


Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
November 9, 2013
Nightingale Cinema
1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Screenings at 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 PM
$10 admission for each program
$30 full festival pass includes a free 2013 festival poster, designed and printed by Sonnenzimmer

The 2013 Eyeworks Festival lineup:

PROGRAM 1, 2:30 PM
Ian Cheng, bbrraattss, 2013
Yoriko Mizushiri, Futon, 2013
Jenni Rope, Tiikerimuuri, 2012
Stefan Gruber, Lightweight, 1999
Paul Bush, Furniture Poetry, 1999
Lawrence Jordan, Solar Sight II, 2012
Africanus Okokon, New Everyday, 2012
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, The Fly Mill, 2011
Karen Yasinsky, No Place Like Home, 1998
Matt Abbiss, collected short works, 2011-2013
Lisa Barcy & Jim Trainor, The Ordovicians, 2004
Robert Breer, Man and His Dog Out For Air, 1957
Sarina Nihei, The Play of Independent Heads, 2013
Luigi Allemano, Improvisation no. 1: Cumulative Loops, 2013
Eduardo Paolozzi with Emma Calder and Susan Young, 1984 (Music for Modern Americans), 1984

PROGRAM 2, 5:00 PM
David Lebrun, Tanka, 1976
André Ruvio, O Dilúvio, 2011
Atsuhi Wada, Anomalies, 2013
Michael Frei, Not About Us, 2012
Jake Fried, Down Into Nothing, 2013
Brandon Blommaert, aaa[A]aaa, 2012
Manfred Mohr, Cubic Limit, 1973-74
Oskar Fischinger, Allegretto, 1936-43
Alexandre Louvenaz, Minotaure, 2012
Edwin Rostron, Of Unknown Origin, 2010
Paul Glabicki, Object Conversation, 1985
Michael Whitney, Binary Bit Patterns, 1969
Michaela Pavlátová, Words, Words, Words, 1991
Sawako Kabuki, Here, There, and Everywhere, 2013
Georges Schwizgebel, Rapture of Frank N. Stein, 1982
James Lowne, Someone Behind The Door Knocks at Irregular Intervals, 2011

PROGRAM 3, 7:30 PM
Harry Smith, Heaven & Earth Magic, 1961. A legendary feature-length collage animation.

Eyeworks is an invitational festival focusing on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. Festival programs showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts: classic films, new animations and rare or overlooked works. The Eyeworks festival was founded in 2010 and is held annually in Chicago, with additional curated programs presented in Chicago and other cities throughout the year.

The Eyeworks programs showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion with puppets, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is equally varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives.

Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Festival directors: Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré

The 2013 Eyeworks Festival is sponsored by the Canyon Cinema Foundation & the Video Data Bank.