AVANT-GARDE AS KITSCH

YouTube and Avant-Garde Cinema
A Talk by Colin Beckett

technoviking

 Saturday, June 28th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The vernacular video forms that have emerged on YouTube and other online services over the last eight years frequently bear striking resemblance to the non-narrative strategies that have constituted the history of avant-garde film and video.

While many critics and scholars have noted the resemblance, the implications for the cinematic avant-garde have gone largely unconsidered. As non-narrative internet videos begin to eclipse commercial cinema in viewership and cultural influence, the rise of YouTube might be seen, from one angle, as a covert triumph for the avant-garde. But if this is the case, these developments also initiate a crisis for experimental cinema, liquidating the relations that have structured it and calling into questions claims made on the behalf of its ideological force.

This lecture, illustrated with internet videos, asks how the new preeminence of non-narrative and fragmentary video forms recasts the history of avant-garde film and video and what sort of space it leaves for contemporary avant-garde moving image practice–particularly one geared toward an emancipatory politics. (CB)

Colin Beckett is a writer based in Brooklyn New York. His work has appeared in BOMBblog,The Brooklyn Rail, Cineaste, Moving Image Source, Idiom Magazine, The L Magazine, and wuxia.

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

 



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TRANFORMERS: THE PREMAKE

and BETTER THAN MICHAEL BAY: HIGHLIGHTS FROM
THE AMATEUR ARCHIVE OF TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Kevin B. Lee in Person!

TFPremake-1

Friday, June 20th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise directed by Michael Bay, will be released June 27 2014. But on YouTube one can already access an immense trove of production footage recorded by amateurs in locations where the film was shot, such as Utah, Texas, Detroit, Chicago, Hong Kong and mainland China. Transformers: the Premake turns over 300 YouTube videos into a critical investigation of the global big budget film industry, amateur video making, and the political economy of images. The Premake by Kevin ┬áB. Lee utilizes a desktop documentary technique that acknowledges the internet’s role not only as a boundless repository of information but as a primary experience of reality, and depicts the process in which we use it to explore the world. In a blockbuster cinema culture rife with insipid remakes of franchise properties, The Premake presents a critical counter-image in which personalized digital media asks what Hollywood is really doing in the world.

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