FILMS TO LOOK AT: A TOUR OF PHILL NIBLOCK’S FILM WORK September 28-30 at Anthology Film Archives
Posted: Sep 23, 2013
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 SECOND AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10003
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FILMS TO LOOK AT: A TOUR OF PHILL NIBLOCK’S FILM WORK
An 80th birthday tribute curated by Katherine Liberovskaya.
It is mindboggling that a man with the tireless energy and ceaseless touring schedule of Phill Niblock is about to turn 80. An internationally recognized artist with a wide body of music, film, photography, video, and computer works, Niblock has specialized in making intermedia performance since the mid-1960s. As a composer, he creates thick clouds of drones that are filled with surprisingly active microtones and timbres that generate many other tones in the performance space. During concerts of his music, Niblock simultaneously presents films/videos focused on the movement of people working, or computer-driven black-and-white abstract images floating through time. While Niblock is best known today as a minimalist composer, he actually started his artistic practice with film (and photography) – in fact, his first compositions were created to accompany his films.
Born in Indiana in 1933, he has been an artist/member of the vital Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York since 1968, and its Director since 1985. Over the years he has produced more than 1,000 performances at the EI loft in Soho, acted as curator of the innovative XI Records label, and launched a second EI space in Ghent, Belgium. Recordings of his music are available on the XI, Moikai, Mode, and Touch labels, and DVDs containing his films and music have been released on the Extreme and Die Schachtel labels.
This program provides a glimpse into the broad range of Niblock’s cinematic explorations, from rarely-presented early works to a selection of films from his well-known “Movement of People Working” series, which he usually shows at his concerts.
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*Sat, Sept 28 at 7:00.
PROGRAM 1: ENVIRONMENTS
The ‘Environments’ were a series of non-verbal theater and museum installations/performances that Niblock produced at the turn of the 1960s. These were originally presented in various venues – Judson Church, NYC, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and the Whitney Museum. Only the last three ‘Environments’ still exist in their complete versions. We will be screening them as they were originally presented, as three 16mm film images projected simultaneously side-by-side – the first time they’ve been shown this way since the 70s – and with early analog music by Niblock.
- CROSS COUNTRY/ENVIRONMENT II (1970, ca. 60 min, 16mm)
- 100 MILE RADIUS/ENVIRONMENT III (1971, ca. 60 min, 16mm)
- TEN HUNDRED INCH RADII/ENVIRONMENT IV (1971, ca. 60 min, 16mm)
Total running time: ca. 3 hours
* Sun, Sept 29 at 1:00.
PROGRAM 2: THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WORKING, PART 1
The series of films ‘The Movement of People Working’ portrays human labor in its most elementary form. Shot by Niblock between 1973-91, on 16mm color film and later video, and in locations including Peru, Mexico, Hungary, Hong Kong, the Arctic, Brazil, Lesotho, Portugal, Sumatra, China, and Japan, the series comprises over 25 hours of footage (from which we’ll be showing a selection). It focuses on work as a choreography of movements and gestures, dignifying the mechanical yet natural repetition of laborers’ actions.
- PERU AND MEXICO
1973/74, 96 min, 16mm-to-digital video
- BAY JAMES
1976, 25 min, 16mm-to-digital video
1977, 25 min, 16mm-to-digital video
1984, 90 min, 16mm-to-digital video
...Presented with music by Niblock from 1990 to 2013.
Total running time: ca. 245 min.
*Sun, Sept 29 at 6:00.
PROGRAM 3: THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WORKING, PART 2
1987, 110 min, 16mm-to-digital video
1989, 120 min, 16mm-to-digital video
...Presented with music by Niblock from 1990 to 2013.
Total running time: ca. 240 min.
*Mon, Sept 30 at 7:15.
PROGRAM 4: 70 FOR 70 (+ 1): SEVENTY (ONE) SIDES OF PHILL NIBLOCK
by Katherine Liberovskaya
2004, 103 min, digital video
- A dynamic portrait composed from fragments of seventy (+1) extremely close-up interventions on video about Niblock by seventy (+1) people connected to him in some way. These interventions, or monologues, were collected in honor of his 70th year (2003-2004) and the piece premiered the day of his 71st birthday, October 2, 2004, as an installation at Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia, NYC. Seventy people among his numerous colleagues and friends were invited to say anything they wanted about Niblock within the constraints of a very tight shot of their face. The result is an intimate collage of meditations, reminiscences, anecdotes, stories, impressions, feelings…from seventy-one different angles: seventy (one) sides of Phill Niblock.
- With Chris Anderson, Thomas Ankersmit, Jeff Bauer, David Behrman, Tara Bhattacharya, Maria Blondeel, Krystyna Borkowska, Jens Brand, Tom Buckner, Yu-Fei Chen, Steve Dalachinsky, Irina Danilova, Guy De Bièvre, Michael Delia, John Duncan, Jean Dupuy, Angie Eng, Dan Evans Farkas, Esther Ferrer, David First, Bernhard Gal, Dave Geary, Madeleine Gekiere, Malcolm Goldstein, Annie Gosfield, Matt Griffin, Shelley Hirsch, Andrea Hull, Tom Johnson, Seth Josel, Tomi Keranen, Roger Kleier, Hans W. Koch, Yumi Kori, Mary Jane Leach, Okkyung Lee, Katherine Liberovskaya, Alan Licht, Chris Mann, Frankie Mann, Al Margolis, Eric Mattson, Charlie Morrow, Boris Nieslony, Morgan O’Hara, Yuko Otomo, Paul Panhuysen, Vitaly Patsyukov, Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, Jurgita Remeikyté, Don Ritter, Matt Rogalsky, Ursula Scherrer, Claudia Schmacke, Michael Schumacher, Shelly Silver, Jim Staley, Gerd Stern, Volker Straebel, Elaine Summers, Michael Timpson, Yasunao Tone, Jo Truman, Keiko Uenishi, Ruben Verdadeiro, David Watson, Monika Weiss, Anne Wellmer, Amnon Wolman, Dion Workman, Nina Zaretskaya.
*Mon, Sept 30 at 9:30.
PROGRAM 5: SIX FILMS FROM THE 60s
The six films are 16mm sound films, made in the late 1960s, transferred to video.
- MORNING (1966-69, 17 min, 16mm-to-video, b&w)
With members of the Open Theater Group, including Lee Worley, James Barbosa, Cynthia Harris, Sharon Gans, and Joseph Chaikin.
- THE MAGIC SUN (1966-68, 17 min, 16mm-to-video, b&w)
A high contrast black and white work featuring members of the Sun Ra Arkestra; music by Sun Ra and the Arkestra.
- DOG TRACK (1969, 9 min, 16mm-to-video)
A film based on a found text. Read by Barbara Porte.
- ANNIE (1968, 8 min, 16mm-to-video)
A portrait of the dancer Ann Danoff, with a sound-collage score.
- MAX (1966-68, 7 min, 16mm-to-video, b&w)
An collage film portrait of Max Neuhaus, with a collage soundtrack by Neuhaus. Edited by David Geary.
- RAOUL (1968-69, 20 min, 16mm-to-video)
A portrait of the painter Raoul Middleman, made with extensive use of time-lapse film technique. The sound track is improvised by Middleman and Niblock.
...Total running time: ca. 85 min.
*Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya will be present at all the screenings.
For screeners, images, and further details, contact:
Ava Tews, Publicist, Anthology Film Archives 212.505.5181 ext. 20
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: Founded in 1969, Anthology's mission is to preserve, exhibit, and promote public and scholarly understanding of independent, classic, and avant-garde cinema. Anthology screens more than 1,000 film and video programs per year, publishes books and catalogs annually, and has preserved more than 900 films to date.
: Anthology is at 32 Second Ave. at 2nd St. Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker.
: $10 general; $8 for students, seniors, & children (12 & under); $6 AFA members;
$8 Essential Cinema (free for members)
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