This Millennium Nomadic series of programs will feature works from the current “new era” of Millennium, a time when dozens of artists & filmmakers have joined together to keep this vital space alive. In this moment of dwindling funds & dispersed focus, makers, teachers & curators have banded together to infuse new blood into a potentially disappearing institution in an act of creative self-determination. Exciting programs, essential workshops, & a thriving journal signal the “irrepressible” nature of this DIY cultural venue. Come see the film & video works of three generations of fiercely independent & wildly experimental media artists that refuse to quit or join the corporate spectacle.
Millennium Nomadic will consist of 3 programs & a panel, spanning a wide gamut of approaches, styles, techniques, attitudes & visions, from abstraction to appropriation, performance to animation, material to structural, lyrical to satirical, critical to poetic. Celluloid works will mingle with digital, and the single channel with expanded cinema. And both the programs & the panel will derive from New York artists engaged as curators, teachers, board members and equipment facilitators at Millennium, as well as from the journal and technical workshops. So as a way to meet & solicit new artists, to increase our visibility to other communities, and to experience satellite venues, we come displaying the pulse of this post-millennial Millennium.
PROGRAM #1 – ‘FROM THE SECRET FILES OF AN IDIOSYNCRATIC FILM CURATOR’
CURATED BY MARIANNA ELLENBERG
“A sampling of the films, videos and artists who have shaped my vision as an itinerant film curator, which began when I showed my first films at Millennium Film Workshop in 2000. From shooting super 8 film in fish tanks to holding screenings in parking lots, these artists have worked within the vein of an irreverent, passionate and symphonic underground cinema.” – Marianna Ellenberg
Untitled, directed by William Santen, USA, 2012, 6 min, color, 16mm
Cet Air La, directed by Marie Losier, France/USA, 2010, 3 min, b/w, 16mm film
The Pool, directed by Jayne Parker, UK, 1991, 10 min, b/w, 16mm film screened on mini-dv
This is the Place, directed by Marianna Ellenberg, USA, 2010, 7 min, color, video
Ask the Insects, directed by Steve Reinke, USA, 2005, 8 min, color, video
Lucky Time Goh, directed by David Zuckerman, USA, 2012, 3 min, color, video
High Noon, directed by Josh Mannis, USA, 2009, 2 min, color, video
Peter Burr, short TBA
You Are Now Running on Reserve Power, directed by Jessie Stead, USA, 2011, 11 min, color, HD
The Story of Elfranko Wessels, directed by Amanda Trager and Erik Moskowitz, Canada/USA, 2011, 16 min, color, video
PROGRAM #2 – MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL PROGRAM CURATED BY GRAHAME WEINBREN
Artists featured in the 2012 issues of the Millennium Film Journal. Works covering a broad range of subjects, visual styles, and media, all from the world of the moving image in the hands of artists.
The first half of the program draws from the Spring issue and includes work by Alfred Guzzetti, Marie Losier, Robert Nelson, and Steina; and the second half, from the Fall issue (forthcoming), includes works by Bradley Eros, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Evan Meaney, Richard Tuohy and Steven Woloshen.
Part I: from MFJ 55 “Structures & Spaces: Cine-Installation” (Spring 2012)
What Actually Happened, directed by Alfred Guzzetti, USA, 1996, 9 min, color, video
‘Interview with Alfred Guzzetti’ by Scott MacDonald
Eat My Makeup (with George Kuchar as himself), directed by Marie Losier, USA, 2005, 6 min, color, 16mm
‘In Memoriam George Kuchar’ by Marie Losier
The Off-Handed Jape, directed by Robert Nelson & William T. Wiley, USA, 1967, 8 min, color, video
‘In Memoriam Robert Nelson’ by Mark Toscano
Urban Episodes, directed by Steina, Iceland/USA, 1980, 9 min, color, video
‘The Emergence of Steina’ by Gerald O’Grady
Part II: from MFJ 56 “Material Practice: From Sprockets to Binaries” (Fall 2012, in production)
Aerodynamics of the Black Sun, directed by Bradley Eros, USA, 2006, 6 min, color, HD
‘more captivating than phosphorus’ by Bradley Eros
DE LUCE 1: Vegetare, directed by Janis Crystal Lipzin, USA, 2009, 5 min, color, DVD from Super 8
‘A Materialist Film Practice in the Digital Age’ by Janis Crystal Lipzin
Ceibas – Epilogue – The Well of Representation, directed by Evan Meaney, USA, 2011, 7 min, color, video
‘Evan Meaney: the well of representation’ by Chris Kennedy
Centre Spot, directed by Richard Tuohy, Australia, 2008, 7 min, color, 16mm
‘Photographic Memory: Diary of a Viewer’ by Martin Rumsby
The Homestead Act, directed by Steven Woloshen, Canada, 2009, 8 min, color, 35mm
‘Photographic Memory: Diary of a Viewer’ by Martin Rumsby
PROGRAM #3 – ‘A BURNING DESIRE FOR SOMETHING UNUSUAL’ CURATED BY STEPHANIE WUERTZ & BRADLEY EROS
“a burning desire for something unusual”
from a core group active in vitalizing the current Millennium:
strange beautiful. monstrous, perhaps. incandescent, glowing with heat, maybe.
reverberating, sometimes. ripe, spectral, most likely. uxorious, you’d have to ask; but
definitely luminous in the night & more captivating than phosphorus.
experimental one, two & three projector works by Jay Hudson, Lary Seven,
Stephanie Wuertz, Bradley Eros, Shona Masarin, Grahame Weinbren, Sarah
Halpern, Kelly Spivey & Ken Jacobs.
Marianna Ellenberg is an artist working with the still and moving image, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Ellenberg’s film/video and photographic work centers around a re-imaging of females subjectivity and desire within visual abstraction and language play.
Grahame Weinbren, recognized as a pioneer of interactive cinema, has made films and installations for over 30 years. His high definition short films “Letters” were exhibited in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and the 2010 Zero1 San Jose Biennial. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is the senior editor of the Millennium Film Journal.
Stephanie Wuertz is a moving-image artist based in New York whose work draws inspiration from early cinema, proto-cinema, science and abstraction. Her work is not so much interested in depth as it is in surface, process and bodily experience. The imagery she creates incorporates stop-motion, superimposition, performance and music to explore subjectivity, dissolution and transformation.
Bradley Eros is an artist working in myriad media: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. Also a maverick curator, composer, designer & researcher. Concepts include: ephemeral cinema, mediamystics, subterranean science, erotic psyche, cinema povera, poetic accidents and musique plastique.
Exhibited at Whitney Biennial & The American Century, MoMA, Performa09,
The New York, London & Rotterdam Film Festivals, The Kitchen, Microscope Gallery; Worked for many years with the New York Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archives & co-directed the Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema.