Film art phenomena

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BFI Pub., Nov 1, 2003 - Art - 200 pages
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Alongside the commercial cinema of narrative and spectacle there has always been another practice--call it avant-garde, experimental, or artists' film. In this provocative book, Nicky Hamlyn, an acclaimed filmmaker in the alternative tradition, investigates the film art phenomenon. Taking cues from modern trends in other artforms, notably painting and sculpture, this type of filmmaking emphasizes the nature of its apparatus and medium in order to bring about a critical, inquisitive state of mind in the viewer. It deconstructs, anatomizes, and reimagines what film images are; it builds new machines; it recreates the setting of cinema or expands into new kinds of performance and exhibition. And it often has a political dimension--urging audiences to make a free and active response,not a passive, consumerist one.
Hamlyn treats artists' film conceptually in order to explore key categories that connect different works and filmmakers: from framing to digital media, installation to interactivity, point of view, to sound. In so doing he considers the work of Stan Brakhage, Malcolm Le Grice, and Michael Snow, as well as younger artists such as Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Jennifer Nightingale, and Colin Crockatt, among many others.

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Nicky Hamlyn studied Fine Art at the University of Reading. From 1979 to 1981 He was a workshop organiser at the London Filmmakers' Co-op, where he was also a founder of and regular contributor to the Co-op's magazine Undercut. He is currently a lecturer in Time Based media and Visual Theory at Kent Institute of Art and Design. His films have been screened at festivals and venues around the world.

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