Crystal Palace Experimental Film Festival
Rebecca Nijdowski, still from Black Sun series
Presenting Artspace's First Experimental Film & Video Festival
Organized by Liena Vayzman
Co-sponsored by Digital Media Center for the Arts, Yale University
Twenty-one gems of international film+video art screening continually, October 5-22, 2012
Plus nightly projections after dark outside the Crown Street window of Artspace.
Special screening with curator & artist talk: October 18, 7:00 PM
Crystal-themed, crystallizing, and multi-faceted video art and experimental films in this festival take as points of departure the cultural, scientific, spiritual, and mathematical associations of crystals, gems, and glass. Like the original Crystal Palace plate-glass building, a marvel of engineering constructed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, ArtSpace's Crystal Palace illuminates and amazes with innovative digital and film art of our time. Crystal balls and handmade prisms, shamanic journeys and Indian salt mines, psychadelic Crystal Light drink mix and Victorian animation, mirrors on 16mm and windows on HD -- and even crystals grown on a celluloid filmstrip—all glimmer on our magic screen. Total running time: two hours, on a continual loop.
Abigail Child (New York) - Peripeteia II
Alexander Stewart + White/Light (Chicago) - Crusts
Bobby Abate (Brooklyn) - Gossip
Cade Bursell (Carbondale, IL) - Salt Lines
Cara Levine (San Francisco) - It Ain’t Me You’re Looking For
Eric Stewart (San Francisco) - Strata
Filipe Rodrigues Afonso (Lisboa, Portugal) - Atracados/Moored
Jen Cohen (San Francisco) - Venus+X
Jessica Miller (San Francisco) - Polarity Convergence
John Stone (New York) - Fearful Symmetry
Kathleen Quillian (Oakland) - Fin de Siecle
Leigh Orpaz (Tel Aviv) - Ice Swan
Michael Lasater (South Bend, IN) - Crossing Berlin 1927
Patrick Tarrant (London) - Everything is Everyday
Rebecca Nijdowski (San Francisco) - from Black Sun series
RKDB (Oakland) - Interdimensional Pew Room
Shambhavi Kaul (Mumbai, India/Durham, NC) - Scene 32
Shana Moulton (Brooklyn) - Whispering Pines #8
Suzy Poling / Pod Blotz (San Francisco) - Natural Powers
Thorsten Fleisch (Berlin) - Kosmos and Energie!
About the Curator
Liena Vayzman is a curator, art historian, and artist focused on female avant-garde artists, as well as broader questions of gender, sexuality, and representation. She earned a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale, where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Histories of Photography. After completing her dissertation on the work of French Surrealists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, on whom she is currently writing a book, Dr. Vayzman held curatorial fellowships at the Yale University Art Gallery and taught courses on photography, art history, and gender at the Rhode Island School of Design, the New School, and San Jose State University. She was a co-founder of the MicroClimate Curatorial Collective in San Francisco and organized media art installations for ATA/Artists Television Access before coming to Yale as a Postdoctoral Associate for the Women’s Faculty Forum, where she is currently conducting research on gender equity in the academy.
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