Wednesday Memorial Video of the Day

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07/09/2008 11:00 AM |

Word came yesterday of the death of the artist and avant-garde moviemaker Bruce Conner, whose most notable contribution to experimental cinema was probably his innovative take on the collage film. He was interested, in his visual arts, in assemblages and mandalas and other patterns; juxtaposition, balance, and especially tension are key movers in his work, especially in 1958’s seminal A Movie, a witty refashioning of cultural detritus and a pointed recognition of the shaping power of cultural forms:

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  • This is sad news. I was flipping through the new MoMA calendar few days ago and noticed one of his films would be screening in August, here is info:

    Crossroads. 1976. USA. Directed by Bruce Conner. Music by Patrick Gleeson, Terry Riley. Shown in slow motion from twenty-seven different angles and accompanied by Riley’s electric organ score, a 1945 atomic-bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll attains a haunting beauty. 36 min.

    Monday, August 18, 2008, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2