John Cage Centenary (2012) In preparation for the hundred-year anniversary of John Cage's birth, we've quietly been beefing up Cage's audio and films. In particular, we've just added a number of lectures, interviews, and Q&A's with Cage, recorded between 1969 and 1991. There are also several of papers written on John Cage in UbuWeb Papers, as well as a variety of works of his in UbuWeb's Historical section. In fact, there's so much John Cage on Ubu's site that we can't keep up with it.
Stanya Kahn "It's Cool, I'm Good" (2010) UbuWeb is pleased to present one of three films from Kahn's first body of solo video works, which continues Kahn's longstanding exploration of the blurred lines between fiction and document, performance and being, humor and distress, the scripted and the improvised. With a 22-track surround-sound audio score and over 20 locations featured, It's Cool, I'm Good creates a visceral cinematic space in which place and action, landscape and soundscape operate literally and metaphorically, signaling a tenuous relationship between experiences of trauma and moments of agency. Paralleling the ways in which jokes simultaneously compress and expand meaning, here living and and naming collapse into each other, in a narrative that unpacks more along psycho-emotional lines, creating many small arcs in place of one grand one. You can view the films of Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge here.
Ten Women Who Use Film A special project curated by Jennifer Higgie for UbuWeb featuring dozens of works by women filmmakers of varying ages and nationalities. Included are Juliette Blightman, Jennifer Bornstein, Bonnie Camplin, Spartacus Chetwynd, Beatrice Gibson, Aleksandra Mir, Frances Stark, Imogen Stidworthy, Annika Ström and Fiona Tan.
UbuWeb: Visual Poetry UbuWeb began in 1996 as a site for visual & concrete poetry and this new section expands upon and deepens Ubu's original vision. Beginning with Ian Hamilton Finlay's seminal magazine "Poor.Old.Tired.Horse" (1962-68) and continuing to the present (Anatol Knotek's 2010 "Rotated Alphabet"), the collection spans a half-century and encompasses hundreds of artists. This first installment, consisting of nearly 100 items will continue to be updated by curator & editor derek beaulieu.
Ryan Trecartin - Any Ever (2009-2010) Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever comprises seven autonomous but interrelated videos. The work is structured as a diptych, with Trill-ogy Comp (three movies) as one side and Re’Search Wait’S (four movies) as the other. Taken together, these videos embark on poetic, formal, and structural elaborations of new forms of technology, language, narrative, identity, and humanity, portraying an extra-dimensional world that channels the existential dramas of our own. The individual videos fit together, block, break, orbit, or attract one another in infinite shifting combinations. Any Ever’s master narrative is subjectively chosen by the viewer, read from the shifting topography of its seven parts. Included is the Trill-ogy Comp, consisting of the three movies K-CoreaINC.K (section a); Sibling Topics (section a); and P.opular S.ky (section ish). Re’Search Wait’S comprises four movies: Ready, The Re’Search, Roamie View : History Enhancement, and Temp Stop.
Die Reihe No. 1, edited by Karhlheinz Stockhausen & Herbert Eimert (1955) English edition
Oswald de Andrade Revista de Antropofagia (1928-29)
Samuel Beckett Krapp's Last Tape (1996) with Harold Pinter
Bill Brand Four Films (1972-82)
Kathy Acker Pussy (1994) [MP3]
Marina Corrêa Concrete Poetry as an International Movement viewed by Augusto de Campos: An Interview (2008)
Pina Bausch Café Müller (1978); Die Klage der Kaiserin aka The Complaint of an Empress (1990)
William Forsythe One Flat Thing, reproduced (2007); Evidentia (2002)
Ann Van den Broek Co(te)lette (2007)
Gilles Jobin A+B=X (1997)
Janet Cardiff A Large Slow River (2001); The Missing Voice (1999) [MP3]
Susan Sontag reads from Debriefing (1979) [MP3]
Quentin Crisp An Evening with Quentin Crisp (1979) [MP3]
Michael Nyman Man with a Movie Camera (2002) [MP3]
Roc Jiménez de Cisneros "Continuum, Expanded" (on György Ligeti), 2011 [PDF, 310kb]
Jean Dubuffet Coucou Bazar Turin 1978 [MP3]
Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman Videoworks (2005-2010)
Feliz Molina Nail Hearts Clip Epistolary Fantasy Blog from 2009-2010 [PDF, 6.7mb]
Ben Vida Casette releases (2010-11) [MP3]
Louis Aragon, André Breton, and Philippe Soupault Littérature (1919-1924)
Morton Feldman Interviewed in San Francisco (1986) [MP3]
Alain Badiou Mathematics / Aesthetics / Arts (2011) [MP3]
John Cage Variations V (Film version, 1965)
Andy Kaufman Stormy Justice (with Judge Tony Clifton) (undated)
Luke Fowler Three Minute Wonders (2009)
Simon Strong Reads selections from 'Rape vs. Murder' by #579
Michael Schumacher Soundworks based on Remixes of Remko Scha's Machine Guitars (2011)
Todd Haynes Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)
Bonnie Camplin Heygate for Life (2011)
Cory Arcangel Urbandale (2001)
Harry Partch The Outsider: The Story of Harry Partch (2002)
Emile de Antonio Underground (documentary of The Weather Underground, 1976)