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Another Planet: Recent Australian Digital Video

Actually this program of 13 Australian videos—many of them collaborations between image makers and musicians—leans heavily on the traditions of North American and European avant-garde cinema. Sam Landels's Rhythmus 99 (1999) derives its title from Hans Richter's Rhythmus 21, though its rapidly flickering cityscapes look like a randomized Paul Sharits film. M. Bergner's The Surface (2002) begins with footage of viewers apparently watching Peter Kubelka's flicker film Arnulf Rainer, then sprints through a hodgepodge of visual styles, ranging from lyrical superimpositions of trees upon trees to Brakhage-like cut-and-paste collages to montages of found footage. Although long on style, the video is short on coherence. More provocative are Martine Corompt's Spell on You (2002), in which an eerie child singer appears against a background of fire, and the montage of grotesque quasi-human heads in Ian Haig and Philip Samartzis's Ectoplasmic Baby Fat Provider (2002). The program's one truly terrific piece is also the simplest in technique: John Billan and Jennifer Sochackyj's Memory From Memory (2002) is composed almost entirely of still landscape photos, filmed with lateral or circular movements that infuse them with mysterious depth. Keely Macarow, who curated the program, will attend the screening. 84 min.

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