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Review: Highlights of NYFF Projections 2014

26 November, 2014 by
Lorem Ipsum 1 (2013) by Victoria Fu

Lorem Ipsum 1 (2013) by Victoria Fu

Last month, the 2014 New York Film Festival unveiled the debut of the “Projections” program, a section of the NYFF that presents “an international selection of artists’ film and video work that expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be.” Previously known as “Views From The Avant Garde,” which was programmed by Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith, this subterranean section of the NYFF has been a premiere destination for avant-garde and experimental cinema. With the Projections program, curators Gavin Smith, Aily Nash, and Dennis Lim moved the program in a noticeably new direction, a direction that is more open to exhibiting video work and the work of emerging artists.

We had the pleasure of viewing the many of the short works that exhibited at the 2014 NYFF’s Projections program and this article highlights some of our favorites.


Tomonari Nishikawa

Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars
Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2014, 2 min, 35mm, color, sound

Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars is a conceptual celluloid film wherein artist Tomonari Nishikawa buries 100 feet of 35mm film negative underground near a Japanese countryside road that is 15 miles away from the infamous Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Nishikawa states that, “The area was once an evacuation zone, but now people live there after the removal of the contaminated soil. This film was exposed to the possible remaining radioactive materials.” The results are abstract and beautiful, producing blots and streaks in colors of marine, fluorescent green and cyan, and observing these colored marks jitter across the screen evokes contemplation over strange and powerful forces, e.g., nuclear energy and its latent ability to either help or harm humanity.

 Visit Tomonari Nishikawa’s website



Night Noon
Shambhavi Kaul, Mexico/USA, 2014, 12 min, video, color, sound

In the opening of Shambhavi Kaul’s Night Noon, howling winds dust up sand and travel across the barren desert lands of Death Valley, poetically observing the interactions between the natural forces and Mother Earth and its inhabitants. Trekking across the land in a graceful and hushed manner, the film patiently captures the beautiful surroundings as it moves ahead to find large glistering bodies of water, strange rock formations, and living creatures like colorful parrots and wild dogs. Immaculately framed, and subtly stylized with moving compositions that sometimes verge on the surreal, Night Noon is an absorbing moving image portrait of the natural environments that exist far away from human life.

Visit  Shambhavi Kaul’s website



Kevin Jerome Everson, USA, 2014, 7 min, 16mm, color, sound

With Fe26, Kevin Jerome Everson documents two men from Cleveland, Issac ‘Ipleeza’ Chester and Jonathan ‘Streets’ Lee, as they move around the city scrapping metals from abandoned homes and from manhole sewer covers. It’s a brief yet nuanced glimpse into the lives of these two men, and Everson’s mellow and veritably sincere approach further establishes him as one of the premier contemporary artists working within documentary cinema.

Visit Kevin Jerome Everson website



Razzle Dazzle
Jodie Mack, USA, 2014 5 min, 16mm, color, silent

With Razzle Dazzle, Jodie Mack continues her mastery of the art of animation, creating a varicolored and sparkly film that quickly shuttles through many different fabrics and materials, especially those bejeweled with rainbow and glittery ornamentations that shimmer and reflect light, glittering and dazzling the eye of the viewer.

Visit Jodie Mack’s website



Light Year
Paul Clipson, USA, 2013, 10 min, 16mm, color, sound

Energized by light, reflections, and spatial distribution in the urban world, Paul Clipson’s Light Year is an impressive piece comprised of countless superimpositions and multilayered images. The result is a beautifully natural moving image artwork, and Clipson’s framing configurations, image formations, and delicately complex use of color produce an organic unity of psychedelia that’s mesmerizing.

Visit Paul Clipson’s Website



Ken Jacobs, USA, 5 min, 2014, video, color, silent

Ken Jacobs’ latest piece presents a series of still images that gaze into a city sidewalk canopy from a construction site, and in typical Jacobs’ fashion, these images are manipulated, abstracted, and animated into undulating waves that flicker, dance, and glimmer.

Visit Ken Jacobs’ website



Lorem Ipsum 1
Victoria Fu, USA, 2013, 13 min, 16mm transferred to video, color, sound

With fluorescent colors and vivid gradients, Victoria Fu’s Lorem Ipsum 1 experiments with moving image formats and software to create a hybrid film that’s compositionally playful and innovative. Fu’s experimentations with color, framing, and multiple image layers produce remarkable results; Lorem Ipsum 1 certainly is a standout piece of the 2014 NYFF Projections Program, and Victoria Fu is an contemporary artist to follow closely, simply because she continues to produce exciting and refreshing work.

Visit Victoria Fu’s website



Sone S/S 2014
Andrew Norman Wilson, USA, 2014, 11 min, video, color, sound

With Sone S/S 2014, Andrew Norman Wilson produces a conceptual video piece wherein a stationary camera surveils three different bank locations: the first sequence observes blue smoke pluming from a Chase Bank ATM; the second sequence monitors red smoke spreading from a Bank of America ATM; the third surveys green smoke rising from a TD Bank ATM. Smoldering smoke is colored-coordinated with the corporate colors of each bank; this provocative gesture is redolent of the US financial collapse of 2008, and the subsequent federal bailouts, along with the protests and activism that ensued.  A cryptically poetic voiceover ties these vivid images together, leading to the final act titled “Invisibility-cloaked hand gestures in offshore financial center jungle,” a longer sequence where invisible hand motions are superimposed atop of ferns, jungle treetops with monkeys, and the final images of foliage surrounding a waterfall, an image that appears so clean and sterile that might exist in a shopping mall.

Visit Andrew Norman Wilson’s website


Renaissance Centre Detroit Nicky Hamlyn

Renaissance Centre Detroit
Nicky Hamlyn, Canada/UK, 2012, 5 min, 16mm, color, silent

A simple, yet beautiful little film shot on 16mm, employing time-lapse exposures focused on the Detroit’s most iconic skyscraper, the Renaissance Centre, moving from day to night, through cloudy to sunny weather, as the electronic signage atop the GM Tower flickers between auto logos and baseball logos, typifying the substratum of american economics and culture.

 Visit Nicky Hamlyn’s website



Sound of My Soul
Wojciech Bakowski, Poland, 2014, 13 min, video, color, sound

Wojciech Bakowski’s Sound of My Soul employs animation, voiceover, music, and text to construct a strange, poetic, and presumably autobiographical piece that exists in the deep outer spaces of moving image-based art; it’s an estimably odd cinematic gem that one discovers and ponders; Bakowski’s experimentations with visual elements and composition produce satisfying results.

Visit Wojciech Bakowski’s website



Red Capriccio
Blake Williams, Canada, 2014, 7 min, video, color, sound

Composed of found footage, Blake Williams’ Red Cappriccio is an anaglyph film set in the colors of blue and red. Opening with a peculiar and prolonged sequence centered around the flashing blue and red lights of a police vehicle, the film moves onward across winding roads and freeways to arrive at the destination of an empty basement rave room with beaming lights, and then abruptly ends with an image of a police car spinning donuts on pavement. With Red Cappriccio, Williams assembles a stylized and dreamlike short film that feels like a prolonged alternative title sequence to the COPS television show of the ‘90s, or like a collection of stylized b roll from a “Don’t Drink and Drive” or “Don’t Do Drugs” PSA — and it works well for this very reason — its atypical structure and hazy automobile travel provide a joyride of escapism.

Visit Blake William’s website



Seven Signs that Mean Silence
Sara Magenheimer, USA, 2013, 11 min, video, color, sound

A cryptic conversation between two computer voices anchors the fragmented structure of Sara Megenheimer’s Seven Signs that Mean Silence; it’s an experimental mnemonic device of video poetry that seemingly draws inspiration contemporary culture, digital art, and surrealist theory.

Visit Sara Magenheimer’s website



The Dragon is the Frame
Mary Helena Clark, USA, 2014, 14 min, 16mm, color, sound

Mary Helena Clark’s The Dragon is the Frame is a moving image poem that floats around like a ghost or a free spirit, silently observing people, and stopping to stare at things. Its freeform structure enables it to jump around from place to place, with aesthetics bouncing from color saturated landscapes to moving patterns of houndstooth, from picturesque flowers to intimate moments of a young man styling his hair in the mirror as odd pop music plays. Moments with scrolling titles and voiceover ruminate over superficiality, fashion and society, and the film by and large pries into the ephemeral, ethereal, and emotional components of existence.

Visit Mary Helena Clark’s website

Hair Flip by Mike Fleming, 2014

26 October, 2014 by


“Hair Flip (The End of Authentic Gestures)”
by Mike Fleming, 2014, kinetic sculpture, 20′ x 6′ x 8′

mannequin head, pvc, steel base, plastic barrel, pneumatics, air compressor, vinyl backdrop, backdrop stands, microcontroller


Scene 2 by Kim Laughton (2014)

20 October, 2014 by

"Scene 2" by Kim Laughton

Scene 2, Kim Laughton, 2014, 2 min, hd video, color, sound

A hyperreal ride upward on a shopping mall escalator, with indoor palm foliage simulacra, and artificial tropical forest sounds.

Laure Prouvost “For Forgetting”

20 October, 2014 by

New Museum, NYC, 2014, Laure Prouvost ©Benoit Pailley

New Museum, NYC, 2014, Laure Prouvost ©Benoit Pailley

Laure Prouvost "For Forgetting" New Museum Exhibition

New Museum, NYC, 2014, Laure Prouvost ©Benoit Pailley

Laure Prouvost
For Forgetting
New Museum, NYC, 2014

Images © Benoit Pailley; found via Contemporary Art Daily.


One Week Left for Open Submissions: DINCA Vision Quest ’15

1 October, 2014 by
Arcane Bolt performs at DINCA Vision Quest 2012

Arcane Bolt performs at DINCA Vision Quest 2012

contemporary moving image & media arts festival

presented by dinca.org
submit here
submission deadline: October 7, 2014

DINCA Vision Quest ’15 is accepting open submissions for one more week, so submit soon.

dinca.org is now accepting and reviewing submissions for its upcoming iteration of Vision Quest. We’re currently accepting submissions of video, film, experimental media, moving image installation, realtime audiovisual performance, browser-based artworks, and proposals for digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA — more info on this to be posted soon). We’re also open to proposals for presentations, lectures, and panel discussions.

Based in Chicago and presented by dinca.org, Vision Quest is a three-day festival celebrating the most innovative contemporary moving image and media art culture from artists worldwide, with salient interest in supporting artworks made using unconventional processes and emerging technologies.  Vision Quest is presented in a multimodal and multimedia format, where audiovisual performances are cross-pollinated with time-based media screenings and digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA) to present a showcase of the most essential contemporary media culture.

Here are some salient links we suggest you check out to better understand Vision Quest:


ACRE TV presents: Psychedelicatessen, Sept 1 – Oct 31, 2014

28 August, 2014 by

ACRE TV presents: Psychedelicatessen. poster by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney & Matt Mancini

ACRE TV is an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network featuring live and canned videos, performances, durational works, and experimental broadcasts.  It is run in the collaborative spirit of ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions). ACRE TV programs a series of two-month continuous streams based on a theme.

This season ACRE TV is pleased to present:

September 1 – October 31, 2014

A cornucopia of psychedelia, a delicate spread of the finest things, delicious and heady, sumptuous and somatic. Food films but also film foods. Cooking shows where the food narrates and the chefs are chevre. A mayonnaise malaise, half Erowid and half Martha Stewart, some things you need a half pound of, others much less.

If television delivers the people, ACRE TV delivers the Soylent Green, thinly sliced and mostly eyes and ears and brains. I stream, you stream, we all stream for mustard paintings and ketchup pairings. I’ve never seen the Food Network, but I assume it’s like this. A perfect time to watch weekly shows, to hear field recordings of fields, to tell the whole world about being a waiter for Godot.

Psychedelicatessen includes live performances by John KilduffThad KellstadtLeslie RogersEllen NielsenAnna IaleggioMark McCloughanJoseph Herring and Amy Ruddick; episodic shows by ElsewhereTara Nelson and Michael Wawzenek; and video works by Alpha Girls (Alma Alloro & Jennifer Chan)Blair BoginJennifer ChanJerstin CrosbyTimothy DMitchell DoseClint EnnsGWC InvestigatorsHooliganshipThad KellstadtJohn KilduffJodie MackJesse MalmedHani MoustafaEllen NielsenBen PoppLeslie RogersAndrew RosinskiBen RussellJoshua Gen SolondzToby TatumMichael WawzenekSean Whiteman and The Whiteman Brothers.


For full program, artist, and schedule information please visit:

Poster Design by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Sandwich Design by Matt Mancini
Programming by Kate Bowen, Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, with help from Elsewhere

Submit to Vision Quest 2015 – Contemporary Moving Image & Media Arts Festival

20 August, 2014 by



Vision Quest 2013 at Mana Contemporary

Vision Quest 2013 at Mana Contemporary

Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton

James Connolly performance at VQ 13

James Connolly performance at VQ 13

Arcane Bolt performance at VQ 12

Arcane Bolt performance at VQ 12

contemporary moving image & media arts festival
presented by dinca.org
April 2–4, 2015, at Mana Contemporary, Chicago
submission deadline: October 7, 2014

dinca.org is now accepting and reviewing submissions for its upcoming iteration of Vision Quest. We’re currently accepting submissions of video, film, experimental media, moving image installation, realtime audiovisual performance, proposals for digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA — more info on this to be posted soon), and more.

Based in Chicago and presented by dinca.org, Vision Quest is a three-day festival celebrating the most innovative contemporary moving image and media art culture from artists worldwide, with salient interest in supporting artworks made using unconventional processes and emerging technologies. Vision Quest is presented in a multimodal and multimedia format, where audiovisual performances are cross-pollinated with time-based media screenings and digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA) to present a showcase of the most essential contemporary media culture.

Thus far, over 100 works have screened at Vision Quest, many of them being national and international premieres, and some of which were made by artists that have exhibited at a variety of festivals, museums, and galleries of note including: MoMA, Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sundance, MCA Chicago, Threewalls, London Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Forum, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Migrating Forms, Museum of the Moving Image NYC, Eyebeam NYC, Viennale Austria, and MoMA P.S.1.

Submitting is free of charge; if you’re interested in submitting, please complete the submission form below before October 7, 2014.

To better understand what we do and what type of work we’re looking for, we strongly suggest you look at our 2012 program & 2013 program. Also view photos from the 2012 program here and photos from the 2013 program here & here.

Submit here: http://dinca.org/dinca-vision-quest-submission-form

Spheres 1-20 by Sara Ludy

18 August, 2014 by



Spheres 1-20, 2013, 20 min, HD video, sound
by Sara Ludy

“In Spheres 1-20, ambiguous forms float in polygonal landscapes created from snippets sourced from Ludy’s wanderings of the internet, personal photos, and samples of computer-aided-drafting motifs. Taking two-dimensional screen captures and image-mapping them onto three-dimensional rotating forms, Ludy creates her Spheres as virtual architectures that refer to an amorphous and psychological space. Between each 1-minute episode of the video, abrupt cuts shift the focus to new structures while an audible synthesized drone changes pitch with each reveal, similar to the shift found between levels in video gameplay.

Ludy’s interest in spatial compositions stems from her lifelong captivation with video games, haunting second life and google warehouse looking for imagery and her professional experience creating immersive environments as a VJ for Los Angeles nightclubs. She pursues a sense of familiarity and the uncanny, pointing to the flexible spectrum of spaces designed for human habitation and the facsimiles of those spaces found online.” – Rob Hult, Klaus Gallery

Thalé by Barry Doupé

11 July, 2014 by




Thalé by Barry Doupé
2009, 5 min, video, sound

Barry Doupé’s Thalé (2009) experiments with the phenomenology of light and colour through fiber-optic flower arrangements. Doupé’s animations are inspired by the Thale Cress plant, which is commonly used in biological mutation experiments. His rotating electronic floras, which resemble neon lights, sex toys and fireworks, glow in the dark digital void.

– Amy Kazymerchyk, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film

“Similar Images, Associatively, Transparent GIF” by Sebastian Schmieg

7 July, 2014 by


“Similar Images, Associatively, Transparent GIF”
by Sebastian Schmieg
Netherlands, 2011, 1 min, video, silent

Search by Image is a series of algorithmic and experimental videos analyzing Google’s image search function of the same name.” (S.S.)

Artist talk with Sebastian Schmieg
Interview with Sebastian Schmieg

Wipe Poem by Chris King

3 July, 2014 by

"Wipe Poem" by Chris King

"Wipe Poem" by Chris King

Wipe Poem
by Chris King
2013, 2 min, video, sound

“A little video using mostly standard wipes to generate both the imagery and audio, light and dark content of the signal directly influence pitch and wave shape, the sound of the video signal was also processed through audio effects controlled live in parallel to the wipes and video effects. I then cut together my favourite parts in to a short work. It was influenced by early video art and visual music experiments.”  (CK)