Woodland Pattern Book Center
Book   Center
  Experimental Film and Video
Friday, November 18, 7pm
Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series
from Apotheosis, Yoko Ono & John Lennon

Presented by the UWM Film Department

As an accompaniment to City Slivers and Fresh Kills: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark, the Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video series will, at 7pm on Thursday, November 18, present a program that showcases 16mm forays by Matta-Clark's cohorts and influential comrades.

The Ground We Live On: Some Foundational Shifts and Play will present films by
Robert Smithson, Robert Morris, Joan Jonas, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, and Richard Serra, all artists of different media, deploying 16mm film to pursue spatial explorations of their own, the camera serving as collaborator, as investigative plaything, as a tool for documenting gestures writ on a new scale.

To be presented:

Spiral Jetty
(Robert Smithson, 16mm, color/sound, 34.5 min., 1970)
Smithson's extraordinary filmic essay and documentation of the making of his renowned earth work that continues to spool into the shallows off the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Like something science fictional, the film is also treatise on the history of the earth and the force of time.

(Robert Morris, 16mm, b&w/silent, 9 min., 1969)
Morris, in a winter landscape, holds a mirror to nature, and to the camera.

(Joan Jonas, 16mm on video, b&w/sound, 18 min, 35 seconds, 1973)
Performing with a "cast" that includes Gordon Matta-Clark, Jonas choreographs a theater of space, movement, and sound, with the urban landscape of New York City in a featured role.

Railroad Turnbridge
(Richard Serra, 16mm, b&w/silent, 17min., 1975-1976)
A revolving steel turnbridge over the Willamette River in Oregon is both the subject of the film and a framing device that continually frames and reframes the subject. A structuralist film about a structure; an investigation into the mechanisms of the bridge and the camera. (Please note: this screening is dedicated to Milwaukee's own - and perhaps endangered -- railroad turnbridge, perched at the end of the Milwaukee River.)

(Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 18.5 min., 16mm, color/sound, 1970)
Lennon and Ono affix a camera to a hot air balloon then set afloat. The camera like a strong balloon moves towards infinity.

Home ~  About Us ~  Membership ~  Bookstore ~  Gallery Info ~  Archives ~  Workshops ~  Links ~  Niedecker

Copyright © 2003-2012, Woodland Pattern™ Book Center. All rights reserved.