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Gratuitous Art Films is currently on hiatus.


WHAT WE ARE UP TO: 

Jeff is delving into the murky mind of a mad French Futurist who seeks the ultimate form of artistic expression, armed robbery. See what it’s all about at THAT’S BEAUTIFUL FRANK.

Cat is diving head long in the highly lucrative and profitable world of publishing and curation with The 22 Magazine. Centering around a juxtaposition of artists writers and musicians, The 22 is a happy sailor on the seas of artistic collaboration.

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From the Creator:

This is a performance meant to entertain and inspire.

If you want to help…

http://www.squidoo.com/help-the-homel…

http://homelessness.change.org/nonpro…

As I said this is a performance. I don’t want there to be any doubts about my situation. I am a performer. I have a roof over my head and I have yet to start my own family. But this video isn’t about me. This is for the men, women and children on our streets who don’t have bright green puppets on their hands. The people who aren’t always as easy to see. This is for you.

http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/

 

FREE!

Glitch Video Screening will feature works by Gratuitous Art Films, Anna Pinkas and Kennedy James. Following the screening is a performance by R.G.B.A. This event will be held from 6:30-8:30pm during the Dumbo 1st Thursday Gallery Walk in conjunction with the group exhibition Glitch Generation, now on-view in BAC Gallery.

VIDEO PROGRAM

Gratuitous Art Films
Glitch, 2009, video, 6:07 min

Glitch is an experiment in mistakes. It is charming speedboat ride down the rabbit hole created by manipulating and looping archival footage with audio created by Andy LaChance and Jeff Burns. It is a piecemeal composite that relies on it’s inconsistencies. Utilizing the giving nature of archival footage already littered with “glitches” we chose to enhance, distort or create our own foibles at will. Also, we think dental health is an important.

Thistle, 2009, video, 8:12 min

Thistle is the story of a walk in the forest. A young boy’s journey and discovery of something forbidden. The roil of emotions as he battles with the nature of what he has seen. The wonderment, the fear, the growth…the armadillo. One wonders, can you come back again once you have seen the vulture?

Anna Pinkas
Bronx Golem, 2009, hand drawn animation, music, radio documentary excerpt, 2:00 min

Eddie Carmel was once billed as the Tallest Man on Earth by the Ringling Brothers Circus, but it is Diane Arbus’ 1970 picture, “A Jewish Giant at Home with his Parents in the Bronx, NY” that remains in the public mind. The memories he left to those who met him are as lasting and vivid as if he had, in fact, been a heroic and tragic Golem from a Jewish folk story

Kennedy James
The Fortune Cookie, 2006, video, 8:32 min

The Fortune Cookie is a video work about cinematic narration, the superposition of the American and French soundtracks of the original film.

PERFORMANCE by R.G.B.A.
R.G.B.A. will feature the project “Synchroma”, a video and sound instrument developed by DRAW. The project Synchroma derives imagery entirely from sound, via analog-digital conversion hardware/software whereby each color channel is driven by a separate audio stream: red, green and blue. Extremes of frequency are used, varying from 0.013 to 43,000 Hz, to produce variations in palette, tempo, shape, direction and pattern. Once harvested, the synthesized color fields become the basis for improvisations set to multiple vibrant scores. Among this array of hardware/software, a core device is the ‘Synchronator’ developed by Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk during a video and audio research residency at Impakt 2006, currently distributed by the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Gratuitous Art Films is a collaborative effort between artists Jeff Burns and Cat Gilbert. Jeff is the editor, co-founder and contributor for “When History Attacks” and Talkie 21 Studios. Cat is multi-media artist who makes books, drawings and otherwise.

Kennedy James, previously working under the name of Jimmy Owenns lives and works between New York City and Paris, France. Since 1998, James’ work has taken a clear direction towards notions about the splitting of the perception, narration or psyche and the search for identity.

Anna Pinkas was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland. Working primarily in animation and drawing, Anna investigates narratives-personal and historical, uncovering and conjuring up our constant search for linear, comprehensive and resolved stories. While she was raised in a family with a long migration history, her own departure from Europe to the United States was integral in triggering the set of inquiries that form the core of her art practice today. Pinkas currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

R.G.B.A. is a live video audio performance collaboration between duo DRAW (Nisi Jacobs and Michael Schumacher)and Sarah Bernstein and Stuart Popejoy. DRAW’s compositions form the basis for improvisations involving processed video, algorithmically generated sound and live musicians. Through experimentation and dialogue, they explore in depth the relation between sound and image. Their practice involves a number of strategies, such as coupling specific sound and image sequences, using multi-channel setups for video + sound, role-switching, and exploring notational techniques. Sarah Bernstein and Stuart Popejoy create sonic work exploring liminal spaces: between pitch and timbre, speech and music, development and repetition, lucidity and opacity. Bernstein combines acoustic violin performance with live-processed spoken word and vocalization; Popejoy uses the Nord Modular G2 synthesizer to create generative compositions and complex sound processing environments; finally, the violin and voice signals are selectively further processed live in the Nord synthesizer. Compositional elements – motives, texts, strategies, patches – are integrated with live improvisation through the techniques of feedback, generational development, [de]emphasis of textual signification, and interplay of “pure” musical elements with non- and extra-musical elements.

Gallery participates in DUMBO 1st Thursday. Come down the first Thursday of every month for special programming and extended gallery hours!

Free beer provided by Kelso of Brooklyn


February 26th, 2010 (Fri.) , 7 pm at ACAC

“Show Your Shorts” local short independent film night
-Local filmmakers show their work!

Featuring:
Gratuitous Art Films, Derek Brooks, Anne Peterson, Kelly Griffin, Kristen Gann, Mike Griffin, Matt Bradley, Barry Gunning, Nick Rogers, Rebecca Jones, & Mike Anderson

$5.00 for current ACAC members; $7.00 for non-members

Doors open 7:00 pm

Free fresh-popped popcorn!

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative’s space is located at 900 S. Rodney Parham Rd. in Little Rock, Arkansas, just east of the entrance to Kanis Park.

For more information, see http://www.acacarkansas.org

Check out our films next weekend at  [SØNiK]– the space for sonic arts/ new media & performance program that will debut Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 6-9pm, and Sunday, January 24th, 5-7pm at Climate Gallery with [SØNiK] Fest. SCREENING OF GAF FILMS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 6-6:45 on SATURDAY JANUARY 23rd AND SUNDAY JANUARY 24th. (SEE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW). Visit http://climategallery.com for more info.

Check out our films next weekend at  [SØNiK]- the space for sonic arts/ new media & performance program that will debut Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 6-9pm, and Sunday, January 24th, 5-7pm at Climate Gallery with [SØNiK] Fest I-visit http://climategallery.com for more info.

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