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Poster for Andy Warhol multimedia event (1966)

UTSA to screen avant-garde 1960s short films

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 9, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present the third of four fall short-film screenings from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Buena Vista Theater at the Downtown Campus as part of the video art class in the New Media Program. The screening is free and open to the public.

The first group of works to be screened is a collection of short 16-millimeter films by members of the Fluxus film group. Second is a view of the national experimental film scene in a documentary about the First Annual Experimental Film Championship of the World.

Fluxus Film is a group and avant-garde film movement organized in the 1960s in New York City by Lithuanian-born artist George Maciunas. The film style valued simplicity over complexity, anti-commercialism and had an anti-art sensibility disparaging the conventional market-driven art world.

The UTSA screening will include Ronald Nameth's 1966 film, "Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable," an 18-minute, experimental documentary about a series of multimedia events, Exploding Plastic Inevitable, organized by Andy Warhol in 1966 and 1967. Also known as "EPI," Warhol's "happenings" featured musical performances by The Velvet Underground and Nico, screenings of Warhol films, and dancing and performances by regulars of Warhol's Factory such as Gerard Malanga, Ingrid Superstar and others. For his documentary, Nameth recorded one week of the performances in Chicago.

The Fluxus film screenings include the Yoko Ono piece, "No. 4," a shorter version of the 80-minute film, "Bottoms," which consists of extreme close-ups of people walking on a treadmill. (See other examples of art and film by Yoko Ono and her late husband, John Lennon, in the exhibit, "Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John & Yoko's Year of Peace," running through Sunday, Oct. 28 in the UTSA Arts Building gallery on the 1604 Campus. Read details in a UTSA Today story.)

"The works we will view embody a spirit in which art can expand into a social and communal experience," said Leslie Raymond, UTSA assistant professor of new media. "These screenings grow out of a combination of my teaching and a desire to reach out to the local art communities. They are programmed specifically for my classes, but are screened at the Downtown Campus and open to the public."

For more information, contact Leslie Raymond at (210) 458-4352.

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