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XY Chromosome Project presents “A Shot in the Dark”

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XY Chromosome Project
(Mark Street and Lynne Sachs)
presents

“A Shot in the Dark: New & Old Single-Image Films”

May 29, 2012   8 and 10 pm

Spectacle Cinema
124 South 3rd Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

http://spectacletheater.com/a-shot-in-the-dark-new-old-single-image-films

The XY Chromosome Project (Mark Street and Lynne Sachs) presents an
evening of eight single image films of no more than five minutes to be
premiered at the Spectacle Cinema along with the screening of two
classics of the same ilk,  both avant-garde and political. Special
guest filmmaker Larry Gottheim will join us for the screening of his 1970
avant- garde tour de force.

Artists presenting new work include:  Gregg Biermann, Su Friedrich,
Cary Kehayan, Kathrin McInnis, Meerkat Media, John Mhiripiri,  Amos
Poe, Uzi Sabah, Kelly Spivey

with

“Fog Line” by Larry Gottheim (Gottheim will be present for the screening)
11 min. 1970 16mm (screened on film)

“It is a small but perfect film.” – Jonas Mekas

“The metaphor in FOG LINE is so delicately positioned that I find
myself receding in many directions to discover its source: The Raw and
the Cooked? Analytic vs. Synthetic? Town & Country? Ridiculous and
Sublime? One line is scarcely adequate to the bounty which hangs from
fog & line conjoined.” – Tony Conrad

and

Selective Service System by Warren Hack
13 min.1970

Since 1956, the United States had been involved in a ground war in
Asia. The American commitment had led to an ever increasing
involvement in that area of the world – despite growing
dissatisfaction here at home. To implement this country’s
mobilization, the draft system had been stepped up. This system made
virtually no exemptions for those who felt this war was immoral and
unjust. These young men either had to serve in a war in which they did
not believe, or face the bleak alternatives to service. Some chose
prison. Some sought refuge in other countries. This film documents
another alternative. There was no attempt to alter the proceedings
that took place.

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hackensack motet -- gregg biermann

Experimental TV Center presents Sachs & Street at Anthology Film Archives

In 2001 and 2003, I traveled to Owego, New York for a one-week residency at the ever-so-inspiring Experimental TV Center, a funky brick loft  in a small upstate village where artists have been living and making video work for forty years.  While there, I created images for my films Investigation of a Flame, Window Work and much later XY Chromosome Project, a collaboration with my partner Mark Street.

TRIBUTE TO THE EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER
An evening showcasing the amazing video art created at ETC over the decades from 1970-2007.
Friday, July 15th – 7:30pm

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003
http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar#day-08

The Experimental Television Center is a unique video art production studio in Owego, NY. Since its founding in 1971, ETC has been providing artists with access to the tools of video art production through residencies and grants. The studio includes several one of a kind pieces of video processing equipment including a custom-built Dave Jones Colorizer and 8 Channel Video Sequencer, the Paik/Abe Raster Synthesizer or ‘Wobbulator’ and a custom Dan Sandin Image Processor, among others. This month, after over 40 years of service in the media arts field, directors Ralph Hocking and Sherry Miller Hocking are retiring and closing the Center down. The Standby Program’s has selected this program of videos from 1971 to 2007 that were preserved through their ETC Preservation Program.

Program :

XY Chromosome, Lynne Sachs & Mark Street, 2007, 12:00 min.

An impressionistic odyssey for the eyes becomes both haunting and delightful in this moving image dream expedition.

Lynne Sachs XY Chromosome Project

Lynne Sachs XY Chromosome Project

“Sachs and Street engage in visual and aural dialogue to explore the spaces between abstraction and representation.  Street’s inexhaustibly tactile images use handpainted found footage and camera-less films like luminous palimpsests before the eyes.  Sachs responds with theatrical, microcosmic worlds where the everyday is defamiliarized through hundreds of trembling and resonating objects.” (Flavorpill.com)

with:

We Can’t Go Home Again, Nicholas Ray, 1970-72, 4:00 min. (excerpt)
Earth Pulse, Gary Hill, 1975, 5:35
etc, etc, Caspar Stracke, 2005, 6:08
Lake Affect, Jason Livingston, 2007, 1:13
Delta Visions, Shalom Gorewitz, 1980, 5:02
Bug-Eyed Ramrod, Matt Schlanger, 1984, 5:48
Transmigration, Julie Harrison & Carol Parkinson, 1987-89, 10:15 (excerpt)
Gender Rolls, Connie Coleman & Alan Powell, 1987, 3:21
Godzilla Hey!, Megan Roberts & Raymond Ghirardo, 1988, 2:20
Dirt Site, Alex Hahn, 1990, 15:53
Wax or the discovery of television among the bees, David Blair, 1991, 13:33 (excerpt)
Red M&Ms, Bianca Bob Miller, 1988, 3:51

XY Chromosome Project 2007

by Lynne Sachs and Mark Street
11 min. 2007

The X Y Chromosome Project is the creation of artists Lynne Sachs and Mark Street. We make films and performances that use the split screen to cleave the primordial and the mediated. After returning from an inspiring week-long artist retreat at the Experimental Television Center, Lynne asked Mark to collaborate with her on the creation of a piece in which they would each ruminate on the other’s visuals, reacting in a visceral way to what the other person had hurled on the screen. Lynne would edit; Mark would edit. Back and forth and always forward. No regrets or over-thinking. In this way, the diptych structure is sometimes a boxing match and other times a pas de deux. Newsreel footage of Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt is brushed up against hand painted film, domestic spaces, and Christmas movie trailers. Together, we move from surface to depth and back again without even feeling the bends.

Lynne and Mark live in Brooklyn and have two daughters, Maya and Noa Street-Sachs.

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THE XY CHROMOSOME PROJECT #1

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THE XY CHROMOSOME  PROJECT #1
by Lynne Sachs & Mark Street

An impressionistic odyssey for the eyes becomes both haunting and delightful in this moving image dream expedition.

90 min. color sound installation using 4 screens
2007

Street and Sachs, a Brooklyn filmmaking couple,  negotiate the thin line between representation and abstraction in each second of this moving image extravaganza. Created in the grand tradition of the Cartesian and chromosomal construct, what looks like a tree can quickly turn into a train, a telephone pole or an angry bowl of soup, as our audience hangs on for dear life. Sachs makes theatrical gestures and tableaux using hands, toys, a plate of cherry pie, and a miniature of the Empire State Building.  Street produces photochemically conjured flowers, fishing tackle, and shards of found film – – all flying by at a variety of speeds in the spirit of a Man Ray print.

“Sachs and Street engage in visual and aural dialogue to explore the spaces between abstraction and representation.  Street’s inexhaustibly tactile images use handpainted found footage and camera-less films like luminous palimpsests before the eyes.  Sachs responds with theatrical, microcosmic worlds where the everyday is defamiliarized through hundreds of trembling and resonating objects.” (Flavorpill.com)

Performed live at Monkeytown, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York in May, 2006

Lynne Sachs’ images were transformed to the state in which you now see them at the Experimental Television Center.

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From Flavorpill, Net

“Local Brooklyn filmmakers Lynne Sachs and Mark Street engage in visual
dialogue tonight across Monkey Town’s four screens, using the venue’s
Cartesian symmetry to explore the spaces between abstraction and
representation. Street’s inexhaustibly tactile film is shown on two screens, in which handpainted found footage and camera-less handmade films reveal themselves like luminous palimpsests before the eyes. Sachs responds in turnwith theatrical, microcosmic worlds where the everyday is defamiliarized and hundreds of represented objects — toys, hands, a cherry pie, a miniature
Empire State Building — resonate and tremble in the presence of each other
and the opposing projections.
”  Bosko Blagojevic

still from XY Chromosome Project #1 by Lynne Sachs and Mark Street

XY Chromosome Project #1

XY Chromosome Project #1,  Lynne Sachs & Mark Street