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    Concept, Art Direction, Animation → Louis Crevier Original Music → OTOa1240h by Botine https://soundcloud.com/botine © Louis Crevier 2015

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    • Changing the System, part 1: discovering the possibilities


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      This is the first segment of Changing the System (55 mins, 2007), a documentary by Andrew Chesher. In 1973 Christian Wolff, erstwhile student of composer John Cage, wrote the score of Changing the System. It took its title from an interview with the Tom Hayden, a key figure of the 68 student movement. The idea of participatory democracy associated with student activism at that time, was implicit in the sort of indeterminate scores Wolff and other members of his musical milieu were writing. Following the preparations for a recent performance of the piece, this documentary observes the musicians and their discussions during rehearsals, contextualised by their comments on its significance and the process of playing it. This first segment of the documentary introduces Wolff's composition, focusing on first encounters with the score.

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      • John Cage Trust: John Cage's Indeterminacy, with Director Laura Kuhn


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        Writer, director, performer, and John Cage collaborator, Laura Kuhn is Director and cofounder of the John Cage Trust, and the John Cage Professor of Performance Art at Bard College. She will perform Cage’s Indeterminacy, a work of antecdotes, each, regardless of length, read precisely in one minute, accompanied by an “improvised” electronic score involving certain of Cage’s works manipulated by a DJ/turntableist. This performance features DJ Tadd Mullinix, Ghostly International recording artist. A featured event of ONCE. MORE. - a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the ONCE Festival presented in collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities, the University Musical Society (UMS), the School of Music Theater & Dance, and the Center for Performing Arts Technology. This lecture took place on November 4, 2010 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit: art-design.umich.edu/​stamps

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        • Blackbird (sketch 2)


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          This sketch is yet another exploration of work that tries to avoid "cartooning." By "cartooning," I mean the domination of "elements moving over a ground," a way of working that relies on the habitual "figure/ground differentiation." So much visual work today is done as if Jackson Pollock, Bill de Kooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Philip Guston, Roberto Matta and Alberto Giacometti (not to mention Rembrandt, Chardin, Monet, Cézanne and a few others) never existed. "Cartooning" does not only rule most of narrative/figurative animation, it does the same to (so-called) experimental/abstract animation as well. Whether one moves a rabbit or a doodle over a ground makes no significant difference to my eyes. So, I am (and have been) trying to work in dialog with music without resorting to obvious figure/ground differentiation/manipulation, navigating the space which can be found/created between being irrelevant, and too literal. Something else is at work here, more elusive, much less controllable than when working in the "safe" world of figure/ground differentiation. It's a process, and an attitude, more in tune with John Cage's "Indeterminacy" and Merleau-Ponty's "oblique progression" than with that which the "ayatollahs of the conceptual how-to" are pushing (most schools are atrocious in that respect, they act like an "Auschwitz of the mind," as my old friend, the remarkable philosopher José Huertas-Jourda, used to accuse them of being). I could go on much longer about this (and I have elsewhere), but I guess saying that this ("my") approach is made possible by "working by way of not-knowing" expresses it fairly concisely. People craving for obvious signs of intentional doing won't find much to their liking in this piece (nor in most of my work) but, to paraphrase the great poet Fernando Pessoa (or was it Alberto Caeiro?;-): "I don't know what I am doing, and I do not want to know!” Please consider supporting my work (VERY MUCH in need of support these days). You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108 (this type of work receives very little help, if any, from the usual channels). Thank you

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          • Sarah Lawrence College Solo Show Documentation, March 2009


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            A solo show at SLC's Barbara Walters Gallery. Show titled "Chasing the Moon" consists of 3 parts: a series of 3 astronaut images, a participatory video and sound installation and a single-channel video. “Astronaut” is one of my on-going projects since the mid-90s. In this project, astronaut has been characterized as the metaphorical construct of a dislocated, artificial and transplanted subject. It all started from my own childhood experience in Taiwan watching the concurrent historical events taken place in 1969 – space landing on the moon and the war in Vietnam. Other inspirations are Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, goldfish, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, X-Files, Twilight Zone, John Cage, Chinese Philosophy, Los Angeles, and everyday cross-cultural experiences. The feelings of isolation, vulnerability and uncertainty shaped by uncontrollable events in everyday existence are often used as point of departure to construct and explore the psychological and philosophical journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut floating in space in a state of indeterminacy. "Home-Land": a participatory interactive video and sound installation In this experiential, connected and erratic setting where future and progress symbolized by the astronaut is incessantly being challenged and re-defined by competition, war, displacement, and the unsettled past, placing the subject and the viewers in a state of indeterminacy. Rocking chairs with For Sale signs symbolizes threats from the housing crisis swaying the viewers to-and-fro between comfort and insecurity, stability and uncertainty, home and land, here and there, past and future. Technically, the movement of each one of the five "For Sale" rocking chairs triggers and together create an indeterminate video and sound composition of an astronaut tripping due to competition, war, displacement and the unsettled past.

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            • Radio Quartet


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              4 radios are turned on and off in a programmed rhythm, triggering indeterminate samples depending on what is coming though on the frequencies to which they are tuned. While the rhythms do not change, differing times and locations make each playback unique. originally created 2005 video shot 2011

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              • Knots and Fields 4: Boulez and Tomek on John Cage


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                This is an extract from the documentary 'Knots and Fields' by Andrew Chesher and David Ryan (2010). The full documentary is 75 mins in length and looks at the history and the contemporary relevance of the famous Summer Courses in New Music, which have been held in Darmstadt, Germany since 1946. It was here that composers such as Stockhausen, Boulez and Cage, among many other key figures in modern music, met in the 50s and 60s. John Cage was invited to lead the Darmstadt Summer Course in 1958. In this extract from the documentary Pierre Boulez and Otto Tomek recall the impact Cage's visit had on an institution that had up till then been largely committed to the determinism of Serialist methods.

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                • 6X(6epiEXIt)- Vassilis Chatzimakris


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                  Thessaloniki 2010 Sapfo Pantzaki- Voice Danae Stefanou- Piano Vassilis Kleftakis- Percussion Thodoris Sinanis-Cello Nikos Lappas- Basso Clarinetto

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                  • CoMA Voices at Tate Britain


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                    Late at the Tate, Friday 7th August 2009. CoMA Voices perform 'The Great Learning: Paragraph 7', 1969 by Cornelius Cardew. The work is set to an English translation of a text by Confucius, and is scored using textual instructions that allow the performers to make decisions that affect the shape of the piece. Note how they move from place to place between phrases - sometimes sitting down.

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                    • playing Dog (2011)


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                      woman plays dog. Starring Aryn Zev (woman) and Daisy (dog). ***** Daisy passed away suddenly the morning of April 5th, 2012. She was a creature of pure love and goodness. This video is dedicated to her.

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