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1959-1972, 71:49 min, color and b&w, sound

VanDerBeek was a visionary well before his time. His early collage animation was created in the spirit of the Surrealist and Dadaist work of Max Ernst, but with a wild, rough informality more akin to the expressionism of the Beat Generation. (Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam quotes VanDerBeek as being one of his earliest sources of inspiration). His utopian experiments in expanded cinema included building a dome theatre with dozens of projectors and creating computer animated films and holographic experiments with Bell Labs. In the 1970s he designed global fax murals, steam projections, and interactive television programs.

Writes Jonas Mekas: "Stan VanDerBeek is one of our few genuine film artists — a poet, a clown, a laughing man of the Bomb Age."

This seminal collection of film works includes rare documentary footage of VanDerBeek at work and talking about his art, excerpted from two Camera 3 documentaries written by Stephan Chodorov, Stan Vanderbeekiana (1968, Nick Havinga, 28 min.) and The Computer Generation (1972, John Musilli, 28 min.).

"Stan Vanderbeek is the Tom Swift of the underground, an inventor of processes and approaches. He is also a collagist, a collisionist, and like Georges Méliès, whom he claims as godfather, an illusionist. His earliest films, such as What Who How, are animated collages; his midway films, such as Breathdeath, are collages of film technique; and his latest works, including the environmental Movie-Drome, are collages of media." — Sheldon Renan

The VHS (1/2") format editions are accompanied by a 15-page brochure (in English and French), which provides an overview of VanDerBeek's life and background on each of the films.

Published by Re:Voir.

 
 

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