May 2011

Drawings, Paintings, and Collages

by Gene Tanta on May 6, 2011

in Art

Visual art influences include:

Movements: Surrealism, Dada, Collagist, Outsider Art, Brutalism, Figurative, German Expressionism

Artists: Marc Chagall, Mina Loy, Oscar Kokoschka, Cy Twombly, Theodor Pallady, Henri Matisse, Nicolae Tonitza, Marcel Janco, George Grosz, Jenny Holzer, Henry Darger, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, John Heartfield, Egon Schiele, Barbara Kruger, Robert Indiana, Ed Paschke, Corneliu Baba, George Baselitz, Dan Perjovski, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bruce Newman, David Dunlap, Joseph Patrick, and Gelsy Verna.

Writing AT the Movies

by Gene Tanta on May 3, 2011

in Blog

Writing AT the Movies

Tue, May 3, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

As part of Mess Hall’s 2011: Year in Experimentation, the first 4-session series of Researchers-at-Large will be curated by filmmaker Irina Botea and framed by poet Gene Tanta.

Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of a single linear film narrative: “Reenactment” by Lucian Pintilie. For the first half, we will screen the film. All are invited to imagine means, modes, and other multiplying factors of looking at flickering light on a screen. As filmic form hiccups on screen disrupting the illusion of intention, we describe what we see and hear.

We will write in response to these moving images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological (suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear. For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced (no limits on theme or form). Free & open to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!