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UBUWEB :: Summer 2006
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The Films of Jack Goldstein (MP4) Ten rarely seen short films made between 1974 and 1978: "Portrait of Pere Tanguy" (1974), Shane, Butterflies, The Knife, Ballet Shoe, White Dove, The Chair, MGM (all 1975), Bone China (1976) and The Jump (1978). The long-term significance of Jack Goldstein's artistic achievement is only now becoming evident. In his life and work, Jack, who committed suicide in San Bernardino in March 2003 at the age of fifty-seven, articulated the profound anxiety dominating an era of spectacle, as the open-ended Conceptual practices that characterized the '70s gave way to an appropriation-based return to narrative imagemaking. His films, 45 rpm records, paintings, text pieces, and performances formed a hinge between the end of one decade and the beginning of another, articulating elements of both while refusing to be contained by either. You can listen to Goldstein's recordings here.
György Ligeti: Portrait, A Documentary by Michel Follin (1993). The Hungarian composer György Ligeti's biography typifies the displaced cosmopolitan, truly at home only in the international community of music. Appropriately enough, this revealing film portrait of his life and music has a train journey as its central metaphor, with Ligeti gazing through the window onto the changing middle-European landscape. His music - innovative, complex, brilliantly eclectic - accompanies his reflections and memories. (French, no subtitles). Also György Ligeti: Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes (AVI): Video from an ARTE (France) broadcast of Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes. Since its world premiere in the Netherlands in 1963, Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes has been very rarely performed in public. The complicated scenographic staging, the detailed preparation by hand, the need for around ten technicians to activate more or less simultaneously the 100 metronomes, makes the demand for performances limited. Also,
GreyLodge: UbuWeb's New Partner UbuWeb is pleased to announce our new alliance with the incredible avant-garde resource GreyLodge, home of the Grey Lodge Occult Review and G-Pod. Over the past year, we have shared a similar aesthetic and have mirrored each other's content. Now, with the two sites partnering, you will see an increase in new film and audio offerings on UbuWeb, as well as a great increase in bandwidth and server stability for GL users. Welcome GreyLodge!
The Cut-Up Films of William S. Burroughs (1963-1972) (AVI): Five seminal films by Burroughs in collaboration with Anthony Balch: William Buys a Parrot (1963), Towers Open Fire (1963), Ghost at n°9 (Paris) (1963-1972) Bill and Tony (1972) and The Cut-Ups (1966). You can also listen to audio by Burroughs and read his Electronic Revolution (1970).
Vienna Actionist Films 1967-1970 (MP4): Twenty-one films by Otto Muehl and Otmar Bauer. Includes Meuhl's Manopsychotisches Ballett (1970), Investmentfonds (1970), Psychotic Party (1970), Stille Nacht (1969), Kardinal (1967), Psycho-Motorische Geräuschaktion (1967), Wehrertüchtigung (1967), Scheißkerl (1969), Oh Sensibility (1967), Der Geile Wotan (1970) and Satisfaction (1968) by Muehl - Schwarzkogler - Brus; also Bauer's Zeigt (1969), Impudenz Im Grunewald (1969) and 20.September (1967); Kurt Kren's Cosinus Alpha (1966), Leda und der Schwan (1964), Mama und Papa (1964), O Tannenbaum (1964); Hermann Nitsch's 6 Tage Spiel - Das Orgien Mysterien Theater, Day 3: Day of Dionysus (Excerpt) (1998). You can also listen to Otto Muehl's Psycho Motorik & Ein Schrecklicher Gedanke, LPs (MP3) from 1971 as well as two interviews by Hermann Nitsch (MP3), one from 1975 and the other from 1999.
Dozens more after the jump
FluxFilms (1962 - 1970): UbuWeb is pleased to announce the return of FluxFilms. Dating from the sixties and compiled by George Maciunas (1931-1978, founder of Fluxus), this is a document consisting of 37 short films ranging from 10 seconds to 10 minutes in length. These films (some of which were meant to be screened as continuous loops) were shown as part of the events and happenings of the New York avant-garde. Made by the artists listed above, they celebrate the ephemeral humor of the Fluxus movement.Films by Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, George Maciunas, Chieko Shiomi, John Cavanaugh, James Riddle, Yoko Ono, George Brecht, Robert Watts, Pieter Vanderbiek, Joe Jones, Eric Anderson, Jeff Perkins, Wolf Vostell, Albert Fine, George Landow, Paul Sharits, John Cale, Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr, Ben Vautier. (MPEG)
Ferdinand Kriwet Hörspiels: Three unreleased legendary Hörspiels from the late 60s and early 70s, originally broadcast on German radio: Apollo America (1969), a sound collage of the events of Apollo 11, mostly recorded off of New York radio; and Voice of America (1970), a snapshot of American media at the beginning of the 1970s. Also included is an early work for mulitple voices, Jaja (1965). You can browse Kriwet's prescient visual works in UbuWeb's Historical section.
Ethnopoetics Update: UbuWeb Ethnopoetics editor Jerome Rothenberg has supplied us with a fresh batch of poems and essays including: Yunte Huang's essay with visuals of poems inscribed on walls by Chinese immigrants at Angel Island, San Francisco; Dennis Tedlock's A Conversation with Madness (translation) from The Human Work, the Human Design: 2,000 Years of Mayan Literature; an essay by Greek artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis on traditional writing systems & art making (French); Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's concrete poetry translation of an Ojibwa poem Song of the Owl; Dinita Smith on Incantations, a handmade book of original writings in Tsotzil by Mayan women; Ambar Past's Introduction to the Tzotzil Mayan Incantations book; and The People's Poetry Language Initiative -- A Declaration Of Poetic Rights And Values, Ethel Waters’ That Dada Strain (1922); and The Signifying Monkey: Two Versions of a Toast.
Primary Texts of American and British Conceptual Art (1965-1971): Dozens of documents, statements, interviews and theories of conceptual art by the first wave of artists. Including texts by Art & Language, Terry Atkinson, Robert Barry, Mel Bochner, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Doublas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Morris, Sol Lewitt, Adrian Piper, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner and many others.
Steve Roden "Soundwalk" (2005) [MP3]: Recordings documenting a live five-hour performance by Los Angeles-based artist Steve Roden aka In Be Tween Noise. Roden writes, "On the evening of the event, the audience entered the space to find few old rugs covering the dance floor, and a couple of small lamps with low watt bulbs. From my windowless little cardboard shelter hidden in a corner, i had no idea what was going on in the space; and most of the visitors assumed they were listening to a pre-recorded installation... the piece was playing through speakers located roughly 10 feet above the audience and reflecting off a dome ceiling back down to the listeners below."
Henri Chopin Videos: UbuWeb is pleased to present four films of sound poet Henri Chopin (b. 1922): Henri Chopin at Home (13.9 mb, .MOV), Henri Chopin at The Garage (293.9 mb, .MOV); Henri Chopin Live at Espcace Gantner (204.3 mb, .MOV); Undated Henri Chopin Performance (19.3 mb, .MOV). Also see UbuWeb's vast collection of Chopin MP3s. All videos courtesy of Erratum
Roland Barthes: "Comment vivre ensemble" (1977) and "Le Neutre" (1978) [MP3]: Over 36 hours worth of lectures by Roland Barthes (1915-1980). The audio material available here represents the whole lectures given by Barthes during his first 2 years' teaching at the Collège de France in 1977 and 1978, and also his inaugural lecture about the question of power (and the way it is inscribed in the core of the language).
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Softpalate Gertrude Stein 3 New Interpretations of Stein's "Geography & Plays" by Robert Quillen Camp, [N]+Semble (Talan Memmott), and Ergo Phizmiz
Cinema of Transgression Early 1980s Lower East Side Films: Kern, Moritsugu, Pfahler, Wojnarowicz, etc.
Walerian Borowczyk Short Films, 1957-84
Jerry Tartaglia Ecce Homo, 1989
George Landow (aka Owen Land) Three Films, 1965-70
Erik Satie Pièces pour Guitare, (played by Pierre Laniau, 1982) (MP3)
Paul McCarthy Black and White Tapes, 1972 (MP4)
Terry Fox The Children's Tape, 1974 (MP4)
Bruce Nauman Stamping in the Studio, 1968 (MP4)
Mauricio Kagel Blues Blue, 1981 (AVI)
Charlemange Palestine Island Song, 1976 (MP4)
Richard Serra Boomerang, 1974 (MP4)
Alfred Leslie The Last Clean Shirt, 1964 (AVI)
Penelope Umbrico Recent Web Works
Stefan and Franciszka Themerson Films, 1937-1944 (AVI)
David Rimmer Surfacing the Thames, 1970 (AVI)
Agnes Varda Black Panthers - Huey!, 1968 (AVI)
Jorge Luis Borges The Mirror Man (AVI)
Cornelius Cardew "Towards an Ethic of Improvisation" (1971)
John Cage & Morton Feldman In Conversation, 1967 (MP3)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu (1968) (MP3)
Hermann Bohlen Gekaut!! (Bis es von alleine herunterläuft) (MP3)
Eric Rosolowski WMD (2006)
Ghérasim Luca Radio France Broadcasts: Passionnément & Une vie une oeuvre (2005) [MP3]
Phil Niblock Hannah Weiner, 1975 (Real Video)
Phil Niblock Armand Schwerner, 1973 (Real Video)
Guy Debord Hurlements en faveur de Sade 1952, (AVI)
People Like Us & Felix Kubin Molaradio, 2004 [MP3]
Elana Mann & Adam Overton Conversation Pieces: February 13-17, 2006 [PDF]
Kenneth Goldsmith & Conceptual Poetics Essays by Perloff, Dworkin, Bök and others (2005)
Viking Eggeling Symphonie Diagonale (1924) [AVI]
Hans Richter Filmstudie (1926) [AVI]
Samuel Beckett Not I (with Billie Whitelaw, 1971) [AVI]
Mauricio Kagel ACUSTICA for experimental sound-producers and loud-speakers (1971) [MP3]
Steve Benson The Ball // 30 Times in 2 Days (2006) [PDF]
Craig Douglas Dworkin Legion (II) (2006) [PDF]
Fluxus Anthology 2006 A collection of music and sound events assembled by Walter Cianciusi for Fluxlist (2006) [MP3]
Jelle Meander & Maja Jantar Maiandros Sonoros (2005); Live in Geneva & Brussels (2004) [MP3]
Featured UbuWeb Resources: Summer 2006
Selected by David Grubbs
1. Craig Douglas Dworkin, "Unheard Music" [PDF]
2. Henry Flynt Interview by Kenneth Goldsmith on WFMU
3. John Cage and Morton Feldman in Conversation
4. Luc Ferrari France Culture Tributes and Documentaries
5. Marcel Broodthaers, "Interview with a Cat"
6. Dan Graham, "Performer/Audience/Mirror"
7. Marjorie Perloff, "The Music of Verbal Space: John Cage's 'What You Say'"
8. Mike Kelley, "The Peristaltic Airwaves"
9. Erik Satie, "Pieces pour Guitare"
10. Hanne Darboven, "Opus 17a"
David Grubbs is known for his solo musical work, as well as for collaborations with Stephen Prina, Susan Howe, Tony Conrad, Angela Bulloch, Will Oldham, and many others. He is a professor of Radio and Sound Art at Brooklyn College and directs the Blue Chopsticks record label.
UBUWEB :: Summer 2006
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