Time again for our annual round up of the best artists’ moving image publications of the past year!
Experimental and Expanded Animation New Perspectives and Practices edited by Vicky Smith and Nicky Hamlyn. Book published by Palgrave Macmillan. Timely and much needed (but eye-wateringly expensive) reader on animation tendencies in contemporary artists’ moving image practice.
The Scala Book. Jane Giles, published by FAB Books. Extraordinary and literally gigantic paean to London’s legendary independent cinema which twisted the minds of a generation of filmgoers and changed the face of independent film in the capital.
From the Third Eye. The Evergreen Review Film Reader. edited by Ed Halter and Barney Rosset. Published in USA by Seven Stories Books. Essential collection of writing on underground film from the legendary Evergreen Review
Jonas Mekas, Conversations with Filmmakers. Movie Journal Columns 1961-1975. Book published by Spector Books. Collection of Mekas’ interviews with filmmakers from his Village Voice column.
An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea, Erika Balsom. Book published by Govett-Brewster. Beautiful idiosyncratic essay exploring the history of cinema’s engagement with the sea.
Xcèntric Cinema. Conversations on the creative process and the filmic vision, edited by Gonzalo de Lucas. Book published by CCCB in Spain. Eclectic collection of interviews by key international filmmakers who have influenced the cinema programme of the CCCB in Barcelona.
Manuel DeLanda: ISM ISM, edited by Andrew Lampert, John Klacsmann. Book published by J&L BOOKS. Lovingly produced book on the street collages produced by philosopher and experimental filmmaker DeLanda in 70s New York.
Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls, edited with text by Geralyn Huxley, Greg Pierce. Foreword by Rajendra Roy. Essay by Gus Van Sant. Contributions by Patrick Moore, Signe Warner Watson. Book published by D.A.P/ Andy Warhol Foundation. A lavishly produced deep-analysis and deconstruction of Warhol’s iconic film.
Sins of the Fleshapoids, Mike Kuchar. DVD published by Other Cinema. Legendary Kuchar underground epic from the Kuchars finally available on DVD!
Light Years: The Film Diaries of Tim Cawkwell 1968 – 1987/ 2015-2018. Self-published DVD available from the LUX Shop. Beautiful, thoughtful observational and never before seen film diaries from British writer and filmmaker Cawkwell.
50 Years of Film and Video in the UK. Moving Image Review and Art Journal, 2017, Volume 6 Numbers 1 & 2. On 50 Years of Film and Video in the UK, Edited by Benjamin Cook and Lucy Reynolds. Great collection of texts exploring the diverse histories of moving image practices in the UK since the founding of the London Filmmakers Co-operative in 1966.
London Art Worlds. Mobile, Contingent, and Ephemeral Networks, 1960–1980. Edited by Jo Applin, Catherine Spencer, and Amy Tobin. Book published by Penn State University Press. Excellent collection of essays exploring London’s underground and independent art scenes during the 1970s.
Barbara Hammer, Evidentiary Bodies, Ed. by Staci Bu Shea & Carmel Curtis. Book published by Hirmer. Overdue survey of the work of great American queer experimental filmmaker.
Tectonic Plate, Mika Taanila. Blu-Ray Boxset and book. Published by Testifilmi. Elegant comprehensive publication of Taanila’s recent camera-less feature film Tectonic Plate.
Codes for North. Foundations of Canadian Avant-Garde Film, Stephen Broomer.Book published by CDMDC. History of Canadian experimental film through the work of three of its key artists Jack Chambers, Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
Rock Hudson’s Home Movies/ From the Journals of Jean Seberg, Mark Rappaport. DVDs published by Re:Voir Rappaport’s unique collage documentaries on two Hollywood icons.
And from LUX
Nightcleaners & ´36 to ´77 (boxset including 2 books and 2 DVDs or Blurays). Published by LUX, Raven Row and Koenig. Boxset of two legendary films by The Berwick Street Collective, seven years in the making with newly restored transfers of the films in a box with 2 books!. Just about to come out in shops with a special edition blu-ray edition available only from LUX. Watch LUX social media for an announcement soon, (hopefully before Christmas!)
Rupture/Rapture/Jouissance. The Religious Trilogy 1990-1997: Stabat Mater, “Now I am yours”, The Silence is Baroque, Nina Danino. DVD published by LUX. New collection of Nina Danino’s series of extraordinary short films exploring Catholic aesthetics and female subjectivity.