Video

Opportunities: Rencontres Internationales Film, Video and Multimedia Proposals (Paris/Berlin/Madrid)

CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE: AUGUST 16, 2014 The call for entries for the next Rencontres Internationales in Paris is open until August 16, 2014. Any individual or organization can submit one or several proposals. The call for entries is open to film, video and multimedia proposals, without any restriction for length or genre. Any submission is free, regardless of geographical origin. Works proposed to the “Rencontres Internationales” must not have been previously publicly shown in Paris.Please take a few minutes in order to read the FAQ page, it contains important information regarding the call for entries, click here.CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE: AUGUST 16, 2014TO ENTER A WORKYou may choose between two types of registration. Please choose either one OR the other:• OPTION 1: 100% o...

Books: Staging the Screen – The Use of Film and Video in Theatre

The use of film and video is commonplace in contemporary theatre, viewed by some as contaminating theatre’s ‘liveness’, by others as inevitable and desirable. After tracing the history of current approaches back to early practitioners such as Méliès, Painlévé and Piscator, Staging the Screen explores in detail recent productions by Svoboda, the Wooster Group, Forkbeard Fantasy, Forced Entertainment, Station House Opera, and Lepage. It charts the impact of developing technologies and addresses critical issues raised by multi-media and intermedia work. Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Theatre by: Greg Giesekam Table of Contents: Introduction: Contamination or Remediation? European Pioneers: Magic vs. Realism Polysceicness: Josef Svoboda and Laterna Magika Po...

Alexander Calder’s “Circus”

Carlos Vilardebo’s 1961 film of Alexander Calder’s “circus,” an intricately assembled performance piece played out by handmade characters including jugglers, sword swallowers, clowns, and animals. These figures, crafted from a collection of “cork, wire, wood, yarn, paper, string, and cloth,” were each assigned a series of movements and manipulated by the artist to perform specific circus acts. With performances held at various locations in Paris and New York through the mid 1930s, Calder’s circus helped to establish him in avante-garde circles. Jean Cocteau, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Le Corbusier, Thomas Wolfe, and André Kertész were among those who saw the celebrated Cirque Calder over the years.

Featured: Paul D C Kindersley (UK)

According to the British artist Paul Kindersley, the performance element in his work is, if not acted out, always suggested in his pieces. ‘They are props, which could be left over or yet to be used in some ritual. Objects placed in relation to one another, suggesting an intertwined movement or dialogue. They are pieces that long for something or someone, desiring a completion. Offering but never fulfilling a suggested narrative, one that can only be completed when the work re-enters a shared culture imagination, the interaction with the prop leaving behind a lingering residue. The hand and its marks are ever present, suggesting an interactivity and impermanence.’ I was introduced to Kindersley’s work earlier this year. I admired the relevance of both his live and video performances, in pa...

Opportunities: P4M.Performance.Video.Festival

P4M.Performance.Video.Festival (Submission Deadline May 9, 2010) Call for entries for  the the first annual P4M online video festival. Contemporary Performance will host an online video festival of performance works and excerpts June 14 – July 2, 2010 here on ContemporaryPerformance.com. Please submit your video URLs and information below. We are open to any type of video (rehearsal, process, performance documentation, lectures, made for video, dance on camera, video art, vj, etc…). No limit on length. Contemporary Performance will then curate a three week festival of the most exciting and unique videos we receive. We look forward to your video submissions. SUBMISSION DEADLINE MAY 9, 2010

In Performance: Gisèle Vienne + Dennis Cooper 2008 Production of JERK

A description of the 2008 production of Jerk by Dennis Cooper and directed by the French Artist, Gisèle Vienne. Jerk” is an imaginary reconstruction – strange, poetic, funny and somber – of the crimes perpetrated by American serial killer Dean Corll who, with the help of teenagers David Brooks and Wayne Henley, killed more than twenty boys in the state of Texas during the mid-70s. This show sees David Brooks serving his life sentence. In prison, he learns the art of puppets, which somehow enables him to face up to his responsibility as partner in the crimes. He has written a show that reconstructs the murders committed by Dean Corll, using puppets for all the roles. He performs his show in prison for a class of psychology students from a local university. Due to the violence and humor of t...