Sunday October 5th ~ Episode 19

Sunday October 5th 2008 8:30-9:30pm

The works, the makers:

Out of Reach, 2004 EE Miller with Samuael Topiary
1967 super 8 safari footage from the archives of Aimee Louise Worms
Hirshberg meets Millicent's "The Terrible Zoo".
Flights of Fancy 1, 2003
The first of eleven shorts about the uses of history. Filmmaker Paul
Grandsard recalls his grandmother, Aimee Louise Worms Hirshberg,
featuring footage found twenty years after her death.

EE Miller creates across disciplines in conversation with the dead and the living. Recent collaborations include Cash Free, a video with Bernadine Mellis and Colony Collapse Radio with Ryder Cooley.
nature nature, 2005
Based on haiku by Simon F. Baron (1970-2006), nature nature portrays a very real, present and no less natural underside of existence that remains outside the embrace of those who declare a “reverence for nature.” A graphic image of the aftermath of “cutting” (self-mutilation) is softened, prettified then bloodied again with rudimentary, unreal digital effects; a mechanical songbird on the floor and in a poem; a dash of Hitchcock and the brothers Grimm; Marianne Faithful sings.

Hilda Daniel is a multi-media artist based in New York City (having immigrated from Singapore and Los Angeles). She did her undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies at UCLA and New York University and is the recipient of competitive fellowship, academic and art awards. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and festivals in New York, London, Berlin and other cities in Europe, the US and Mexico; included in internet festivals and projects, most recently as a finalist in the SXSWclick film festival; in international print projects; broadcast on cable television; and reviewed in the New York Times, Performance Art Journal, New Art Examiner, artnet.com and other publications.
Sea Lion, 2007
This hand processed Super 8 film marvels at the beauty of the movement of the sea lion. It reflects the fascination of the filmmaker's two-year-old son with this animal new to his world.

Caroline Koebel is a filmmaker who has exhibited in the US at Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Film Forum, Other Cinema, and elsewhere, and internationally, including in Brazil, Cuba, Ireland, Thailand, and Poland. Transmissions of conceptual art, feminist film and literary theory, and punk d.i.y. ethos guide her in work that embraces pleasure and desire as tactics to displace authoritarianism, commodity culture, and the endangerment of subjective experience. Drawing breath from experimental film pioneers such as Germaine Dulac and Maya Deren, Koebel situates writing and curating firmly within her creative practice, and she has recently published the catalogue essay "Color the Shadow" on Carolee Schneemann. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UCSD, and teaches in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. She lives in Brooklyn.
Sea Lion
The Wren, 2007
A little thing about certain qualities shared by Emily Dickinson and
Troglodytes troglodytes (the winter wren). Made by two women on
opposite coasts searching for elusive things.

Penny Lane is an independent filmmaker and video artist living in Troy, NY. She is currently cultivating her birdwatching hobby while
teaching video at Williams College. Jessica Bardsley is a video artist who recently relocated to New York City after graduating from the New College of Florida. She is presently working on combining her interests in independent film and activism.
Untitled #1, 2008
In the spirit of collage filmmaking, Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507) is an enchanting mediation on an ancient species from the future. Bustamante uses found footage, cell phone video and crude chroma-key effects to create a coherent and petite spell. The hilarious rendition of buffalos made from a "herd" of toy poodles tweaks at our understanding of the symbolic world.

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known performance and video artist originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her (often precarious) work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation and video. Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Currently Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Animal Films is an ongoing project of short films produced with various animals and Kathy High imaging and articulating their fears and fantasies. 2002-04
-The Big Push, collaboration with Push Cat.
Working with facilitator, Kathy High, this is the first video made by Push, the cat. In this project Push continues his battle of the species.-Miss Piggie
Momentarily inhabiting a pig’s body -Fresh Kill A citizen performs a ritual of burying road kill. -Lily's Nightmare, collaboration with Lily Dog.
Working with facilitator, Kathy High, this is the first video made by Lily, the dog. In this project her fears of lightning storms are explored. -Voices from the Other Side, collaboration with Ernie Cat. Working with facilitator, Kathy High, this is the second video made by Ernie, the cat. In this sensual meditation Ernie explores the ways cats speak to each other about dying: thoughts are exchanged from those still living to the "other side" through a strange language of cat howling. It is a language of pre-death, preparing for dying, of the aging. -Soft Science: Embracing Animal, What is our animal nature? Embracing Animal is a multi-media/ inter-species ersatz scientific installation of exchanges between people and animals. This video is documentation of the installation showing animal/people transformations – werewolves, vampires, and the shifting space between human and beast.-Everyday Problems of the Living, A year-long project about anxieties surrounding living and dying – a meditation on mortality. High, thinking that she might die at 45 in the year 2000, decided to "perform her death," recording absurd tapes around the topic each month. Her own pet animals humorously thwart her attempts to “die”, as she projects her own fears and anxieties onto them. (This video has been released after a waiting period of five years. It was previously concealed due to superstitious reasons.).
-Rat Play Recordings of daily play time with HLA-B27 transgenic rats Matilda, Tara and Star. This play was part of their healing ritual.

Kathy High is a media artist, curator, and teacher living and working in New York state. Her single-channel videotapes include both documentary and experimental forms, and touch upon topics including body politics, science fiction, and the paranormal. Her work frequently incorporates archival footage, interviews and fictional footage, and a sense of irony.
Untitled (turtle), 2008
Depicts a captive snake-necked turtle swimming in a zoo aquarium. The viewer hears the sound of splashing as though underwater. The sounds and movements are slowed down, evoking the reptile;s un-natural life cycle slowly played out in a man-made environment. The work is intended to loop.
Untitled (goat), 2008
Set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, a petting zoo goat morphs into the scene while an omnious presence off camera paces nearby.

Allison Hunter is a visual artist who over the past twenty years has worked in photography, performance, video, painting, drawing, and installation. Hunter earned her first MFA at the Cantonal Art School of Lausanne, Switzerland (1990), and her second MFA at RPI, New York (1997). Hunter participated in international video and sculpture art residencies in europe and Canada. Hunter's photographs are collected by museums in New York and texas and numerous private collections.
Le Lapin, 1998
A whimsical, drunken journey through a small French village in the foothills of the Pyrenees with an adult human size rabbit. (With a cameo appearance by art rock legend Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine and original score by Mary Hansen (RIP) and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and John McEntire

Dara Greenwald is a media artist and PhD Candidate in the Electronic Art Department at RPI. Her collaborative work often takes the form of video, writing, and cultural organizing around themes of social movement histories and presents. She co-curated the exhibit Signs of Change which opens at Exit Art, Sept 20, 2008. She worked at the Video Data Bank from 1998-2005 and taught DIY exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2003-2005.
Primate Cinema is a series of video experiments that translate primate social dramas for human audiences. The first experiment, Baboons as Friends, is a two channel video installation juxtaposing field footage of baboons with a reenactment by human actors, shot in film noir style. A tale of lust, jealousy, sex, and violence transpires simultaneously in human and nonhuman worlds. Beastly males, instinctively attracted to a femme fatale, fight to win her, but most are doomed to fail. The story of sexual selection is presented across species, the dark genre of film noir re-mapping the savannah to the urban jungle.

Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her videos, installations, and writing projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. She programmed a DVD of videos by artists and scientists entitled Soft Science www.soft-science.org, which is distributed by Video Data Bank. Shown at The Getty Museum, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and P.S.1/MoMA in New York, Mayeri is a guest curator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College.
Wee Dark Hours, 2007
A stop motion animation about a mother's love, a singing moon and stars and the magic of being born. Short and sweet and made with felt!

Annie Novak & Alexis Powell are both member of the Meerkat Media Collective. Annie Novak is an artist, farmer, and adventurer who is teaching folks across the globe the importance of