INCITE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA
Issue #4: Exhibition Guide
By contributing to this campaign, you will be helping to publish the largest, most jam-packed issue of INCITE to date, featuring over 250 pages of writing, art work, interviews, scholarly articles, technical resources, more than three dozen full color images, and contributions by more than 50 artists, filmmakers, writers, microcinema operators, programmers, archivists, and scholars from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. All funds will go toward the design and printing of the issue. You can view the Table of Contents for INCITE #4 online here.
About the Issue:
With Amos Vogel's passing in April 2012, American film culture lost one of its most passionate and influential iconoclasts. INCITE #4, "Exhibition Guide," pays tribute to Vogel's legacy, most notably Cinema 16, a precursor to the flourishing microcinema network of the 1990s and a forebear of today's freewheeling cinespaces. In the age of so-called "participatory" media, in which people connect virtually using avatars and aliases to stream data on handheld devices, what binds these social cinematic sites, and makes them flourish?
While vertically mapping microcinemas of past and present, this issue also surveys the breadth of alternative media exhibition practice, from Dziga Vertov's agit-train and Bill Brand's metro Masstransiscope, to artists who use film without projectors and projectors without film. INCITE #4 seeks to engage the history of unconventional cinemas by zeroing in on those puzzle pieces that don't quite fit. Lost-and-found in the couch cushions and idiosyncratically dog-eared, these are the components of itinerant and expanded cinema practices that don't take place inside four-walled cinema chambers, on screens, online or, even, in a projector fashion. Hopefully, these aberrations will spur readers to reconsider the whole gambit of moving image exhibition.
40 Frames, Adam Abrams, Steve Anker, Rebecca Barten, Christina Battle, Scott Miller Berry, Bill Brand, Bill Brown, David Cox, Bill Daniel, Donna de Ville, Clint Enns, Kate Ewald, Bradley Eros, Flinching Eye Collective, Walter Forsberg, Brian L. Frye, Sandra Gibson, Elena Gorfinkel, Sabine Gruffat, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Josh Guilford, Sarah Halpern, Adelheid Heftberger, Kier-La Janisse, Michael Johnsen, Sharon Johnson, Chris Kennedy, Richard Kerr, Bryan Konefsky, Christy LeMaster, Alain LeTourneau, Light Industry, Jeanne Liotta, Jesse Malmed, Kate MacKay, Alex MacKenzie, Caroline Martel, Theo Michael, Alice Moscoso, David Nelson, Gordon Nelson, Tara Merenda Nelson, Greg Pierce, John Porter, Luis Recoder, Marcus Rosentrater, Ben Russell, David Sherman, Spectacle, Tess Takahashi, tENTATIVELY, a CONVENIENCE, Jonathan Walley, Audrey Young
Bill Daniel's epic list of Who is Bozo Texino? tour stops, Steve Anker's personal history of early American experimental media centers, Jesse Malmed's oral collage history of the Portland experimental media scene, first person + handbill histories of numerous microcinemas including Total Mobile Cinema, Blinding Light!!, Aurora Picture Show, Orgone Cinema, CineCycle, and others, expanded cinema artwork by Sabrina Gschwandtner and Richard Kerr, Walter Forsberg on the early visual music technology "Auroratone," Jonathan Walley on "Re-creating Expanded Cinema," Caroline Martel on the mystery of "The Film Prayer," a DIY Screening Checklist by Christina Battle, a bevy of 16mm projection resources, and much more.
Please consider making a donation, however small. All funds will go towards the production and printing costs of issue #4. To show our appreciation, we're offering rewards such as INCITE issues, as well as printed matter, DVDs, and an array of goodies from past and current contributors and supporters. Those of you with the means to make a larger contribution can choose from a personalized animation by Leslie Supnet, original expanded cinema artwork by Richard Kerr and Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, or multiples by Bruce Conner and Hollis Frampton.
A complete list of perks, some of which will be available later in the campaign:
NSEW DVD: A collection of 25 (!) short films by the founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, Vanessa Renwick. 3 full hours of raw, beautiful, ugly, hilarious, profound, and inspiring works, in a uniquely designed, letter-pressed package. Claimed.
Bill Daniel combo-pak: A special package from the filmmaker and writer Bill Daniel, including a DVD of his world-famous hobo and railworker graffiti doc, Who is Bozo Texino? + Mostly True, a zine of boxcar graffiti and obscure railroad nostalgia + his latest publication, The Zone System, "the skate photographer's bible."
Orphans in Space DVD set: A 2-disc collection of "Orphan Films" from Dan Streible and the Orphan Film Project. Includes: Teenage Cosmonauts (1979), Meteorites (1947), A Trip to the Planets (1920s), Beyond the Moon (1960-62), Lillian Schwartz's Galaxies (1974) and UFOs (1971), John Lurie's Men in Orbit (1979) and many more cosmic gems mined from archives around the world. Comes with a 37-page booklet and a pair of Chromadepth 3D glasses. Claimed.
Orphans Made to Persuade DVD: A collection of "Orphan Films" from Dan Streible and the Orphan Film Project. Includes Mother and Child (1968) by Tony Schwartz, Conventions (1968) by Eugene Jones; Die Hochbahnkatastrophe (1921) by Valy Arnheim, Eclipse (2005) by Jeanne Liotta, and many more. Comes with a 19-page booklet.
The Clenched Fist DVD box set: Other Cinema's digital volley of FIVE sociopolitical incendiaries for the young and the restless. Includes dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) by Johan Grimonprez, The Rainbow Man (1997) by Sam Green, the compilation Nomads and No-Zones with films by Vanessa Renwick and Greta Snider, The Net (2003) by Lutz Dammbeck, and Sonic Outlaws (1995) by Craig Baldwin. Claimed.
Cult Jam Master DVD set: Animal Charm and TV Sheriff 2-Pak!! The GOLDEN DIGEST of the Charms' corporate-video absurdities coupled with NOT 4 $ALE, Davy Force's mass-media mash-ups. Courtesy of Other Cinema. Claimed.
Sexpak DVD set: Xperimental Eros and The Subject Is Sex DVD 2-pak. Includes films by Peggy Ahwesh, Lewis Klahr, Jeff Krulik, Naomi Uman and more, + rare archival shorts, like Lili St. Cyr's Love Moods, Sally Rand's Bubble Dance, and other Mondo Erotica material. Courtesy of Other Cinema. Claimed.
Super 8 Fun Pack: 50ft Roll of 100D Super 8 Film + Microviewer Looper Toy: E-6 process reversal film, with strikingly saturated color performance, neutral gray scale, and accurate skin tones. This is one of the truly great Super 8 stocks. + An antique Super 8 looper toy, out of which you can make your own Super 8 loops. Courtesy of Walter Forsberg. Claimed.
INCITE #4: Exhibition Guide: In PDF or print format.
Full INCITE set: Limited stock, only 30 available! Includes INCITE #1: "Manifest" + INCITE #2: "Counter-Archive" + and INCITE #3: "New Ages" + the new issue, INCITE #4: "Exhibition Guide."
Set of Rare Avant-Garde Film Journals: Includes FIVE issues of IDIOLECTS (nos. 2, 8, 9-10, 11, 12) + NO ROSE vol. 2, no. 1, (1979) + MOTION PICTURE, vol. 4, no. 1 (1991). Published by the Collective for Living Cinema. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives. Claimed.
DuArt Dossier: From the cavernous archives of DuArt Restoration, a vast collection of lost video posters and forgotten ephemera for obsolete formats from the history of film and video. Courtesy of DuArt and Erik Piil. View sample. Claimed.
House of Psychotic Women: An autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films, signed by the author Kier-La Janisse. View cover. Claimed.
Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists' Film and Video: A brand new anthology of contemporary reflections, scholarly texts, historical documents and visual documentation that examines the depth, brilliance and contradictions of Toronto’s media arts history and ecology. Edited by Chris Gehman. Contributors include Kay Armatage, R. Bruce Elder, Richard Fung, Peggy Gale, Marc Glassman, Tom Sherman, Michael Zryd. Courtesy of the Images Festival. View cover. Claimed.
The Fractured Eye, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012): Inaugural issue of The Fractured Eye: A Journal of Subversive Film Arts, inspired by Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art! Edited by Stephen Barber & Jack Hunter. Contributors include Antonin Artaud, Raymond Durgnat, Jean Vigo, more. Claimed.
Bill Brown Package: From filmmaker and writer Bill Brown: The Next Best Place, a DVD of his award-winning short films; Saugus to the Sea, his debut novel about the underground in L.A.; his new instructional book, Action! Professor Know-It-All's Illustrated Guide to Film & Video Making; and his latest zine, Dream Whip no. 14. Claimed.
Magic Lantern Package: A set of 4 AMAZING silkscreened screening posters, including: The Transcendent Show (designed and printed by Xander Marro) + The Human Diseases Show (designed and printed by Pippi Zornoza) + Ship to Shore (designed and printed by Meredith Stern) + Last Refuge for the Senses, or: Noise Hippies Against All War (designed and printed by Jo Dery). View sample. Claimed.
The NIGHTINGALE Package: A limited-edition copy of The History of The NIGHTINGALE in Tickets chapbook + a beautiful tote bag + a ticket to Chicago's NIGHTINGALE Microcinema. Claimed.
Blinding Light!! Cinema Package: A copy of Blinding Light's extremely rare "ONE" zine (edition of 100). This giant tome, which documents Blinding Light's early history (beginning 1998), devoted an entire and full page to virtually every single filmmaker who showed work in their first year of existence. Featuring over 80 contributors, including Miranda July, Craig Baldwin, Martha Colburn, Jon Moritsugu, Animal Charm/Matt McCormick, Mike Hoolboom, Micheal Bryntrupp, Schmelzdahin, and many more. + A 4th annual Vancouver Underground Film Festival (2001) poster, designed by Marc Bell and Amy Lockhart. Courtesy of Alex MacKenzie. Claimed.
Program Notes from Early Monthly Segments: A bound, limited-edition set of EMS program notes (March 2009 to present), from Toronto's fantastic monthly avant garde film salon. Claimed.
Richard Kerr: A 30" x 30" light box with original, custom motion picture weaving. You choose the material, from a limited selection of 35mm Hollywood films (including The Shining and others), and Richard will weave the footage! A $5000 value, but specially priced for this campaign. View example. Claimed.
Leslie Supnet: An original, personalized animation! After a brief interview, Leslie will create a hand-drawn, completely unique and original 1-minute animated portrait, all about you! View Leslie's work on Vimeo. Claimed.
Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder: FOUR REMARKS ON FILM, set of four small (6" x 6") black and white paintings on masonite board, signed by the artists. View image. + A copy of their limited edition 2008 DVD release, Untitled, with Olivia Block. Claimed.
Hollis Frampton: PHENAKISTISCOPE, a paper disc printed with photographs arranged to be spun counterclockwise on a pencil and viewed while being held in front of a mirror, simulating a motion picture. One side of the disc animates a bouncing basketball, while the reverse depicts a man licking a lollipop. 7'' in diameter. View GIF. Claimed.
Bruce Conner: LEGAL TENDER, a stack of 18 "dollar bills" printed recto and verso with two of Conner's intricate abstract pattern drawings of the time and bound with a paper band marked "Legal Tender." Claimed.
Flinching Eye Collective: A audio download and PDF from the Flinching Eye Collective, with previously unreleased tracks from each member of FEC. More info.
Bill Brand: MASSTRANSISCOPE coffee mug – A beautiful and unique vessel, from which Bill Brand himself once consumed Laphroaig scotch! Claimed.
Since 2008, INCITE has produced three print issues (Manifest, Counter-Archive, and New Ages) containing scholarly articles, manifestos, artist statements and original drawings; as well as an artist multiple, a DVD compilation, an ongoing, online interview series (Back and Forth), a monograph on the work of David Rimmer (forthcoming), and numerous screenings, events, and launch parties. Past contributors and collaborating organizations include Jonas Mekas, Jenny Perlin, Bruce Conner, Shana Moulton, Craig Baldwin, Double Negative Collective, Ben Russell, Tasman Richardson, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Cory Arcangel, William C. Wees, Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean, Penny Lane, Michael Robinson, Aleesa Cohene, William C. Wees, The Images Festival (Toronto), WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of Film and Video Art, Available Light Screening Collective (Ottawa), Counterpath Press (Denver), and Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art and VIA Festival of Music & New Media, among many others.
"What’s most engaging about INCITE is that it straddles the aesthetics of serious art journal and fan magazine. What really comes out through the pieces is just how passionate the authors are about their subjects, whether it’s one filmmaker interviewing another filmmaker that they admire, or the dissection of a particular filmmaker’s work, or a think piece on the future of film archives, or anything else." -- Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal
By supporting the new issue of INCITE: EXHIBITION GUIDE, you will be helping to foster critical discourse about experimental media while also celebrating the spirit of independent publishing. After three successful volumes, INCITE #4 will include more contributors, more pages, and more color images than ever before. Thank you for your interest and support!
IMAGES FROM ISSUE #4:
Other Cinema, San Francisco
40 Frames, Portland
Orgone Cinema, Pittsburgh
mini-cine?, Shreveport, LA
Bill Brand, Masstransiscope
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Light Spill
Richard Kerr, Motion Picture Weaving