Media Arts Program

Friday, October 27, 2006

$7 general, $5 students/seniors, $4 members

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Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The New York Council for The Humanities


Presented at:

With special guest, Branden W. Joseph, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Columbia University.

The Flicker (1966, 30 min), Conrad's seminal experimental film, exploits the strobing effect of the cinematic image. Considered a cornerstone of structural filmmaking.

Straight and Narrow (1970, 10 min), made with Beverly Conrad, sound by Terry Riley and John Cale. An extension of the flicker film phenomenon. “Straight and Narrow is a study in subjective color and visual rhythm. Although it is printed on black and white film, the hypnotic pacing of the images will cause viewers to experience a programmed gamut of hallucinatory color effects. Straight And Narrow uses the flicker phenomenon not as an end in itself, but as an effectuator of other related phenomena. In this film the colors which are so illusory in The Flicker are visible and under the programmed control of the filmmaker. Also, by using images which alternate in a vibrating flickering schedule, a new impression of motion and texture is created.” Filmmakers Cooperative

Film Feedback (1972, 14 min), an effort to display the “essential” property of video i.e.: feedback, in terms of film. “Made with a film-feedback team which I directed at Antioch College. Negative image is shot from a small rear-projection screen, the film comes out of the camera continuously (in the dark room) and is immediately processed, dried, and projected on the screen by the team. What are the qualities of film that may be made visible through feedback?” – Tony Conrad

CYCLES 3s AND 7s (1977, 12 min.), “a story: about numbers, the kind machines should like to hear and tell, if they liked.” – Tony Conrad

Screening will be followed by a presentation about Conrad's Flicker films by Branden W. Joseph, Associate Professor, Columbia University and a conversation with Tony Conrad about his work.

Funded in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.

[NOTE: Audio documentation of this event is in Hallwalls archive at the Poetry Collection, a special collection of the State University of New York at Buffalo Libraries.]

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