Friday, November 9, 2012
11/14/12 Jennifer Montgomery
VICTORIA, by Olivia Ciummo (10 minutes, HD, 2012)
A visual and sonic poem of places that are in transition.Three sisters, mixed up with nature and distorted, search for a place to rest. The acousmetre shares thoughts of fear, versions of human utopia are taken away by nature, and we are left with impressions of war. Filmed at confrontation sites around the eastern US and the wilderness of North America, with sound by A.E. Paterra.
2. REGARDING THE PAIN OF SUSAN SONTAG (NOTES ON CAMP), by Steve Reinke (4 minutes, DV, 2006)
3. ONE SPECIES REMOVED , by Jennifer Montgomery (38 minutes, HD, 2012)
A video about animal empathy (anthropomorphism) and our struggles with mortality. The title reflects a pun, with two supporting sources. The first, that we often transfer our most profound emotions onto other animals, i.e., "one species removed." The second, the crackpot but very moving theories of Rudolf Steiner. He believed that animals have a group soul, used interchangeably with the term "species." When one animal dies, the group replaces that part of itself. By contrast, each human being is an individual species/soul, so that when we die, a whole species is rendered extinct.
Olivia Ciummo has screened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography - Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pittsburgh Biennial, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Media City Film Festival - Windsor, Crossroads Film Festival - San Francisco, as well as galleries, backyards, and cultural centers nationally and abroad. She recieved her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, and went on to teach cinema and time-based arts at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania from 2010-12. She am now settling into Princeton NJ where she is working on new films and videos.
Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his work in video. His work is in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Gallery (Ottawa), and has screened at many festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Oberhausen and the New York Video Festival. In 2006 he received the Bell Canada Video Award. A book of his scripts, “Everybody Loves Nothing,” was recently published by Coach House. He has also edited several books, most recently (with Chris Gehman) “The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema.” He has a site that archives his work, www.myrectumisnotagrave.com. His research interests include digital video production, motion graphics/animation, rhetorical and narrative strategies for visual art, the voice and psychoanalysis.
Jennifer Montgomery's film titles include One Species Removed (2012), The Agonal Phase (2010), Deliver (2008), Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006), Threads of Belonging (2003), Transitional Objects (2000), Troika, (1998), Art For Teachers of Children (1995), I, a Lamb (1992), Age 12: Love With a Little L (1990), and Home Avenue (1989). She is currently completing a film with the artist Josiah McElheny.
These films range from experimental essays to experimental features, and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films, Waterbearer Films, Women Make Movies, and Video Data Bank. Her work has shown at international festivals, as well as the 2008 Whitney Biennial (NYC), MoMA (NYC), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), the ICA (London), and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis). She has been the recipient of many grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jennifer Montgomery currently teaches at Bard College and lives in Arlington, MA.