INCITE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA
Issue #3: New Ages
By contributing to our Kickstarter campaign, you will be helping to publish the third issue of INCITE, featuring over 160 pages of writing, art work, interviews, scholarly articles, more than 20 full color images, and contributions by 25 artists, filmmakers, writers, curators, and scholars from across the U.S. and Canada.
INCITE #3 aims at addressing the generational shifts and divides in today’s experimental film, video, and new media spheres, utilizing the 2010 International Experimental Media Congress as an opportunity for reflection. In addition to compiling a dossier of idiosyncratic reflections on the Congress, this issue also focuses on the renewed fascination with "New Age" spirituality, philosophy and aesthetics among contemporary media artists.
Other highlights of this issue include Walter Forsberg's wide-ranging essay about the computer animation pioneer Lillian Schwartz (which comes with a 3-D twist), Thomas Beard's astute analysis of Shana Moulton's Whispering Pines video serial, a Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean "G-Chat," Jaimz Asmundson on his new film, The Magus, and Brian L. Frye's citation study of The New York Times, which measures the relative importance of avant-garde filmmakers.
Since 2008, INCITE has produced two print issues ("Manifest" and "Counter-Archive") containing scholarly articles, manifestos, artist statements and original drawings; as well as an artist multiple, a DVD compilation, an ongoing, online interview series (Back and Forth), and numerous screenings, events, and launch parties. Past contributors and collaborating organizations include Jonas Mekas, Jenny Perlin, Richard Kerr, Bruce Conner, Craig Baldwin, Double Negative Collective, Ben Russell, Tasman Richardson, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Cory Arcangel, Penny Lane, Michael Robinson, Aleesa Cohene, The Images Festival (Toronto), WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of Film and Video Art, Available Light Screening Collective (Ottawa), The Waffle Shop, and Pittsburgh's SPF: Small Press Festival, among many others.
Please consider making a donation, however small. All funds will go towards the production and printing costs of issue #3. To show our appreciation, we're offering rewards such as INCITE issues, posters, DVDs, and postcards, as well as an array of goodies from past and current contributors. Those of you with the means to make a larger contribution will receive a special, limited-edition print by Leslie Supnet: A brand new, four-color silkscreened portrait of the legendary avant-garde filmmaker George Kuchar.
"What’s most engaging about INCITE is that it straddles the aesthetics of serious art journal and fan magazine. What really comes out through the pieces is just how passionate the authors are about their subjects, whether it’s one filmmaker interviewing another filmmaker that they admire, or the dissection of a particular filmmaker’s work, or a think piece on the future of film archives, or anything else." -- Mike Everleth, Bad Lit
FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF ISSUE #3:
"This is a new age (for experimental media). The emergence of digital technology has had an enormous impact on contemporary screen practices. This impact extends from how media art is conceived of and made; to how it’s taught, circulated, exhibited, and disseminated; to how communities form to support and sustain it. The nature of the discourse around this work has likewise morphed. Just as desktop editing, pocket HD cameras, and the ease of do-it-yourself greenscreening have democratized the means of production, stimulating more diverse content, the Web has transformed distribution while engendering and empowering more interactive forums for discussion, commentary, promotion, and exchange. These new forums connect makers, viewers, and analysts in more direct ways, leading to a different kind of critical atmosphere. [...]
This is a new age (for New Age-ism).Although it may be in vogue now, New Age subculture was once the subject of widespread ridicule and scorn. Combining quasi-religious mysticism with self-help philosophy and environmental concern, the New Age movement gained mainstream awareness during the height of self-absorbed Reaganomics and the rise of corporate power (i.e. "Greed is good."). This duality—of alternative spirituality based in holistic health, environmentalism, meditation, and simple living, and its pop commercialization (i.e. whale music CDs sold in strip malls)—produced a values-based sociopolitical phenomenon that was hard to take seriously. So how do we account for the current fascination with New Age concepts and aesthetics among many of today’s emergent media practitioners? As ironic appropriation? As a desire to reconnect with non-Western medicine, environmental causes, organic farming, etc? As '80s-era nostalgia? The Web 2.0, via services such as YouTube, has made it possible to instantly re-experience the media memories of our recent past or stoke a younger generation's enchantment with a past not their own. In an era marked by both religious and political fervor and cynicism, it's hard not to see the positive in reclaiming an inclusive, optimistic, if naive, spiritual movement."
By supporting the new issue of INCITE: NEW AGES, you will be helping to foster critical discourse about experimental media while also celebrating the spirit of independent publishing. After two successful volumes, INCITE #3 will include more contributors, more pages, and more color images than ever before. Thank you for your interest and support!
Brian L. Frye
Andrew James Paterson
Ken Paul Rosenthal
IMAGES FROM ISSUE #3:
Eliza Koch, Please
Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 4
Leslie Supnet, Ghost in the Machine
Jacob Ciocci, Silver Surfers
Jesse McLean, Magic for Beginners
Lillian Schwartz, Olympiad
Jaimz Asmundson, The Magus
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