Robert Breer

69 (1968)

Robert Breer's career as an artist and animator spans over four decades, from his stop motion studies using an old Bolex 16mm camera, to his seminal animated films and large, site-specific installations. Since the 1950s, Breer's work has often focused on the mechanics of cinema---sometimes adapting the structure of flipbooks to film--- and has featured hand drawn 4x6 index cards that are composed into formalist, repetitive studies, such as '69'.

A Man and His Dog Out For Air (1957)

Joris Ivens (w/Mannus Franken)

Regen (1929)

Joris Ivens captures Amsterdam in the rain with poetic simplicity. "Tough Ivens kept his camera within reach to film whenever it would rain, it rained so little that the film took much more time than anticipated"---Beeld en Geluid.

Iannis Xenakis

Metastasis (1953-1954)

Metastasis is Iannis Xenakis' first major orchestral work, inspired by Einstein's conception of time, the composers own personal experience of war, and the mathematical ideas of Le Corbusier [whom Xenakis worked with as an architect]. The work calls for an orchestra of 65 players: 12 winds, 7 percussionists, and 46 strings, though no two performers play identical parts. The sound mass that defines the piece is thus created by each player performing a glissandi at different pitch levels, durations, and points, with the resulting score, followed in this video sequence, supposedly serving as the basis for the hyperbolic paraboloids of the Philips Pavilion.


Mechanical Bird

Gaeudjiparl, aka Goodiepal [nee Kristian Vester] is a musician/performer who was born in a small town in the north of Denmark. Educated in Anthroposophy schools and reportedly a former pig farmer, he now lives in the Faroe Islands and performs with various small objects built by himself, such as miniature models of planets, and this sublime mechanical bird.

Bill Viola

The Reflecting Pool (1977-1979)

"Movement and change in an otherwise still scene are limited to the reflections and ripples on the surface of a pond in the woods. Special video techniques form disparate layers of time into a final composite image, evoking a kind of baptism -- the emergence of the individual into the natural world." --original WGBH press release