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Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX

Early in the history of moving pictures, filmmakers discovered the unique and unmistakable power inherent in juxtaposing disparate images to create new contexts. Independent artists began to use montage techniques to reassemble existing film images for different, often more expressive and metaphoric results. Over time, along with the evolution of cinematic language, an ongoing conversation has developed among film’s images, its makers, and its audiences. With the Internet serving as both a moving image archive and a fluid distribution outlet, this kind of audio-visual communication has become more common, and homemade YouTube movie remixes have become the folk art of our times. We are now able to view the layered histories of these shared experiences of movies and their evolving language from a new perspective.

CINEPLEX functions as a twenty-first-century nickelodeon of sorts—a pop-up microcinema presenting a variety of creative, cinematic interventions in a darkened space of shared ritual along with drinks and snacks. The ever-changing exhibition features both historic and contemporary film reworkings, from the very first “found footage” films made in the 1930s by assemblage artist Joseph Cornell, to Christian Marclay’s first foray into movie collage, to new movie dissections by contemporary Austrian artist Martin Arnold. We present film collage as social critique, advancing from the work of pioneering experimental filmmaker Bruce Conner to the delirious Tribulation 99 (1991) by Craig Baldwin, one of Conner’s disciples. Documentaries by Thom Anderson and Sophie Fiennes dig deep into scenes from popular cinema. Frederic Brodbeck’s motion-graphic representations of movies; a rapid-fire, stroboscopic work by Les LeVeque; new work by Texas film artists including Kelly Sears; and a live audio-visual performance by video design team Be Johnny offer exciting, new perspectives on our engagement with cinema. In all, CINEPLEX includes over fifty film/video works from five countries. Together they comprise a collaged history of our celebrated cinematic dreams and a creative conversation between the dreams and the dreamers.

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2012. . ISBN 978-1-933619-40-8

This publication is out of print

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