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ELLIOT CAPLAN’S “15 Days of Dance” @ the National Gallery of Art

15 days

15 Days of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light: Days 12 & 13
January 31 at 4:30
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Elliot Caplan and American Ballet Theater dancers in person
World premiere

Days 12 & 13 from Elliot Caplan’s extraordinary 15 Days of Dance documentary is followed by a discussion with Caplan, dancers from American Ballet Theater, and dance critic Ann Murphy. Meticulously recording the process of creating a new ballet through the interactions of dancers and choreographer, the film becomes “an extended rumination on the making of art”—Ann Murphy.

More info at Ann Murphy’s blog, “Writing Dance“.

Additional screenings include Feb. 11 and March 8, Performing Arts Library, Lincoln Center, New York.

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January 23 – February 14, 2010
In the East Gallery and Project Space

Opening Celebration:
Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5:30-8:30pm

Featuring, among others, work and performances by Media Study’s Tony Conrad and Elliot Caplan.

This continuous 23-day performance of sound, music, film and lectures composed and performed by those who studied with, were influenced by or knew the composer during his 30+ visits to Buffalo from 1966-1991. The ongoing art happening with its choreographed interplay of live and taped performances transforms the cavernous East Gallery.

Download the 23-day performance schedule

with works by: John Cage, Michael Basinski, John Bacon, Brian Milbrand, Andrew Deutsch, Kyle Price, J.T. Rinker, Tom Kostusiak, Jeff Proctor, John Toth, Bill Sack, David Lampe, Peter Ramos, Michael Colquhoun, Elliot Caplan, David Felder, Bohuslav Martinu, Jacob Druckman, Eric Satie, and Ron Ehmke.

with performances by: A Musical Feast, Bugallo/Williams Duo, Bufffluxus, Buffalo State College Percussion Ensemble, Michael Basinski, John Bacon, Brian Milbrand, Andrew Deutsch, Kyle Price, J.T. Rinker,Tom Kostusiak, David Lampe, Ed Cardoni, Tony Conrad, Peter Ramos, Brad Fuster, Don Metz, Bill Sack, Ron Ehmke, Jeff Proctor, Michael Miskuly, Diane Williams, Jan Williams, Pam Swarts, Alan Kryszak, Michael Colquhoun, Daniel Darnley, Peter Evans, Jacob Frasier, Xiaohang Li, Mathew Tate,Cris Fritton, Jeannie Hoag, Mike Mahoney, Holly Meldard, and Steve Zultanski.

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“Count as One,” by A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz

Count as One” is a chapbook of fifteen interactive poems. They were written in Python by MFA candidate A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, and translated to Flash with DMS major Lucas C. Miller. The chapbook appears in the Fall 2009 issue of New River: A Journal of Digital Writing and Art.

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all fall down still

January 29th, 2010
7 o’clock
Rustbelt Books (202 Allen Street)

Join us for an evening of back to back Canadian delights!

We will be welcoming Prof. Michael Zryd and filmmaker Phillip Hoffman for a cinematic extravaganza at Buffalo’s love-home Rustbelt Books. Prof. Zryd has curated a special program just for Rustbelt’s cozy little space, and Phillip Hoffman will be showing his latest work, All Fall Down. This will be two screenings in one evening, and Prof. Zryd will be leading a discussion with Hoffman after the films. The line-up for the evening is as follows:

Primiti Too Taa by Ed Akerman and Colin Morton

Rat Life and Diet in North America by Joyce Wieland

Maltese Cross Movement by Keewatin Dewdney

So Is This by Michael Snow

All Fall Down by Phillip Hoffman

and more to be announced!


A filmmaker of memory and association, Professor Hoffman creates “personal” yet highly universal works which weave and question fact and fiction in an experimental “diarist” cinema. A filmmaker with an extensive list of productions, his short films have won many awards, including three in 2002, A Golden Gate Award, New Visions, from the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as the Gus Van Sant Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, both for What these ashes wanted (2001). Professor Hoffman has given seminars and production workshops continuously and presented screenings of his films on five continents, including retrospectives at international festivals in India, Holland and Australia, at Cinematheque Canada in Ottawa, and at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2001, Hoffman’s films were featured at the Images Festival for Independent Film and Video in Toronto, where a new book about his films was launched: Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman contains over 25 essays/writings by academics and artists. See for more!

Professor Zryd is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies. He researches experimental and documentary film and other forms of alternative media in North America. His major research projects include a conceptual reconstruction of Hollis Frampton’s never-completed Magellan project (1972-1980); an institutional study of the relationship between experimental film and the academy in Canada and the United States (1960s-present); and a critical examination of irony in documentary and experimental film He has curated or co-curated Hollis Frampton Magellan retrospectives in Toronto, New York, Karlsruhe, and London. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Images Festival in 2004-05, and President of the Film Studies Association of Canada in 2005-06. He is currently Archivist of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SMCS) and a member of the SCMS Board of Directors. He is the current co-chair of the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group of SCMS and was co-founder of the Toronto Film Seminar. Zryd teaches courses on experimental film and media, documentary film, American cinema, film analysis and history, methodology, and film theory and aesthetics. He has previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, and as a visiting instructor at Oberlin College, Bard College, SUNY Binghamton, CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University, and the University of Toronto.

Canadian Curiosities is being sponsored by the Canadian-American Studies Committee Programming Grant and the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.

Any inquiries can be sent to Ekrem Serdar at gmail dot com.

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MARC BÖHLEN’S January 2010 Presentations

Experiments in Embodied Collective Intelligence
Shanghai AI Lecture Series
Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Micro Public Places
eksperimen menuju arsitektur yang memitrakan
Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta

Communication and New Media National
University of Singapore

SHOWS (Opens January 8th)
Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA, USA

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