Media Arts Program
 


Saturday, May 7, 2005

David Gatten

BEYOND/IN WNY SCREENING

Presented at:
Market Arcade Film and Art Center

Filmmaker David Gatten in person
at Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St.

Over the last few years David Gatten's films have explored the intersection of the printed word and the moving image, while investigating the shifting vocabularies of experience and representation within intimate spaces and historical documents. Through traditional research methods and non-traditional film processes, the films trace the contours of both private lives and public histories, combining elements of philosophy, biography and poetry with experiments in cinematic forms and narrative structures. Currently Gatten is at work on a series of nine films about the division of landscapes, objects, ideas and people; about letters, libraries, ghosts and lovers among the Byrd family of Virginia during the early 18th century. Each film in this series is a miniature museum…



Four films from
SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE: A TRUE ACCOUNT IN NINE PARTS

MOXON'S MECHANICK EXERCISES,
OR, THE DOCTRINE OF HANDY-WORKS APPLIED TO THE ART OF PRINTING
(1999, 26 min.)
This handmade film, with its images generated almost entirely from cellophane tape, is a meditation on the development of the printing press and its role in the spread of Christianity throughout Europe, the relationship between words and images, the poetics of translation, the fine line between the legible and the illegible, and the passage of the soul through the material world.

THE ENJOYMENT OF READING, LOST & FOUND (2001, 14 min.)
A closely watched candle and an invitation to the dance. William Byrd booms among his books while Evelyn keeps to a quiet window; the volunteer fire brigade sorts through the ashes and Isaac Goldberg tells it like it is. Who read what; when, and why?

SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE (2002, 20 min.)
Paired texts as dueling histories; a journey imagined and remembered.

THE GREAT ART OF KNOWING (2004, 37 min.)
On either side of a Life find a Library before and an Auction after: consider these figures as the sites for a collection created for the purposes of division and dispersal. The journey this time moves from the first light at dawn to the last rays of a sunset, reflected and refracted. Find yourself resting uneasily half way up the stairs: Something has left the body, yet the body remains: what has left is on its way Elsewhere but cannot help but look back: this look animates the world and makes possible this Theory of Flight in the form of a bibliography.


Some publications related to this event:
April and May, 2005. - 2005

 
 
341 DELAWARE AVE.
BUFFALO, NY 14202
t: 716-854-1694
f: 716-854-1696

 
GALLERY HOURS:
Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

IN THE GALLERY
from Sep. 22, 2017
through Nov. 3, 2017
 

David Schirm
All The Glad Variety


Though distilled into broad symbolic forms or abstract landscapes, David Schirm's work often springs from his own experiences during the Vietnam War and paintings may allude to the scenes of horrific and senseless battles, the strafing of weapons across a landscape, "whose laser-like blazes of fired bullets gave a distinctive hum of un-worldliness to the darkness." Though his depictions of landscape forms even touch upon the pastoral in their depiction and use of color, Schirm's original point o ...