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Telluride Film Festival 2013: A Wrap-Up

The metaphor that kept coming to mind at the 40th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 was provided by Alfonso Cuarón's film Gravity. In this magically imagined, 3-D epic, astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are menaced by the Kessler effect, in which colliding satellites cause...…
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Film, Telluride Film Festival: Noah Baumbach, Sarah Polley Bring New Films

Telluride Film Festival: Noah Baumbach, Sarah Polley Bring New Films

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Film, Bill Morrison at REDCAT

Bill Morrison at REDCAT

Artist Bill Morrison rediscovers cinematic obscurities from the British Film Institute and other archives and reworks them into dazzling experimental films. His most famous is Decasia (2002), a hypnotic feature composed of clips from decaying nitrate films. REDCAT surveys Morrison's work on Monday, with a program including three shorts: The...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Pasadena's PST Shows Make Everyday Things Into Art, Like Porn and Furniture

Pasadena's PST Shows Make Everyday Things Into Art, Like Porn and Furniture

Wallace Berman's 1969 Untitled (Shuffle): Turning a transistor radio into a playing card with phantasmagoric imagery. (Credit: Private Collection). It's high time to brave the Pasadena Freeway, thanks to four landmark Pacific Standard Time shows with ambitious curators, catalogues, and historical reach in Pasadena. Pasadena/San Marino has its PST "focus"...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Jeffrey Wisniewski's <em>Battle of the Buddha</em>: Is Motion Capture the Next New Thing in Video Art?

Jeffrey Wisniewski's Battle of the Buddha: Is Motion Capture the Next New Thing in Video Art?

Sculptor Jeffrey Wisniewski is known for dismantling an American colonial home and feeding it into a woodchipper, piece by piece, somewhat in the spirit of celebrated house-cutting artist Gordon Matta-Clark. He is also an art director for Steven Spielberg's new film The Adventures of Tintin and was assistant art director...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Constantinos Sioutas, USC Professor, Helps Save Leonardo Da Vinci's <em>Last Supper</em> From Decay

Constantinos Sioutas, USC Professor, Helps Save Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper From Decay

Italian officials who wanted to find out how they were doing in their quest to save Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper from five centuries of decay knew just where to turn: USC professor Constantinos Sioutas. An expert on the huge effects of tiny particles in the air, Sioutas coauthored...…
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Film, Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

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Film, Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic

Inquiry Towards the Practice of Secular Magic

Ross Lipman, an award-winning UCLA film preservationist, has restored or reconstructed work by Kenneth Anger, John Sayles and Charles Burnett. But his own cinema-based artwork is almost the opposite: not the re-establishment of a single original work but the deconstruction and blending of many video documents into a new work...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Ryan McGinness, Spawn of Warhol, Brings His Naked Ambition to L.A.

Ryan McGinness, Spawn of Warhol, Brings His Naked Ambition to L.A.

You can't say Ryan McGinness doesn't play his cards right. At his packed May 27 lecture at Giant Robot, where he projected and explained images from his forthcoming book Sketchbook Selections: 2001-2011 with winning whimsy and a standup comic's sense of timing, he said he had turned down chances to...…
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Film, An Experimental Video Smorgasbord

An Experimental Video Smorgasbord

Erika Vogt, a cross-disciplinary ball of fire whose film/video/installation work has blazed from CalArts to the 2010 Whitney Biennial, curates an evening of experimental video as jumbled as a bag of cats. But what provocative cats. A shimmering highlight is the formally beautiful 2009 digital video Lake Pavilion, a moving...…
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Film, Body Politics: Two new works by Barbara Hammer at REDCAT

Body Politics: Two new works by Barbara Hammer at REDCAT

"Please walk, do not run while entering or exiting the merry-go-round," says a voice in Barbara Hammer's new film, Generations. "Hold on ... the ride is about to start!" It's quite a ride. At 71, four years after a bout with cancer, the avant-garde Queer Cinema pioneer has never been...…
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