Ed Halter

TARGET AUDIENCES: THE FILMS OF MARLON RIGGS

June 2016

WHEN MARLON RIGGS DIED in April 1994, at the age of thirty-seven, he was immersed in making his fourth feature-length documentary. This final piece, Black Is . . . Black Ain’t (1995), a sweeping video essay on the manifold complexities of… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2016 [TOC]

“Laura Poitras: Astro Noise”

January 2016

Curated by Jay Sanders In 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras became the message bearer for Edward Snowden, who contacted her to share documents revealing the NSA’s covert global-spying activities; their interaction formed the core of Poitras… READ ON

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IN SEARCH OF: THE ART OF GUTHRIE LONERGAN

November 2014

WAY, WAY BACK, in the near-Pleistocene, pre-iPhone year of 2005, GUTHRIE LONERGAN was playing around. The programmer and artist was taking the Internet’s presets and plug-ins and stock images—caches of photos, video, and code that were … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2014 [TOC]

Ryan Trecartin

September 2014

Curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Ellen Blumenstein In keeping with his pointedly twenty-first-century fixation on how networked technologies have reshaped consciousness into something at once hyperactive and attenuated, Ryan Trecartin has … READ ON

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Ed Halter

June 2014

AMY SILLMAN'S animated videos are so deftly constructed, complex, and funny that it’s surprising to find out she has been making them for only a few years. But elements of animation had always been lying in wait in her art: in the serial … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2014 [TOC]

TRAVEL AGENTS: ALAIN RESNAIS’S JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME AND THE CINEMATIC TIME MACHINE

February 2014

BY 1968, Alain Resnais had completed four feature films that dwell upon the nature of time and memory and disrupt standard narrative chronology. In each, he employs disjunctive styles of editing to tell fractured, nonlinear tales, shuttling… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2014 [TOC]

Ed Halter

December 2013

CATASTROPHE HAS LONG BEEN a staple of cinema, from the extravagant pageants of ancient warfare first seen in silent Italian epics through Cold War sci-fi allegories of nuclear armageddon to the 1990s golden age of Hollywood blockbusters, in… READ ON

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Ericka Beckman

May 2013

Curated by Fabrice Stroun In her Super 8 sound films of the 1970s and ’80s, American artist Ericka Beckman created sharp-edged concatenations of lo-fi visual effects, dance-like performances, and No Wave audio compositions, always pointing… READ ON

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“Portrait of Michel Auder”

January 2013

“Michel Auder edits his intimate video diaries out of more than five thousand hours of footage shot since the late 1960s.”… READ ON

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CLOSE-UP: HELL IS FOR CHILDREN

Ed Halter on Leslie Thornton’s Peggy and Fred in Hell

September 2012

TWO AMERICAN CHILDREN, a girl and a boy, play inside a house crammed with the technological clutter of the twentieth century. Tangles of electric cable form a synthetic underbrush, while cathode-ray monitors perch here and there, transmitting… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]