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"Single Channel: Collaborating with the Moving Image"
2003-04-26 until 2003-05-07
Blaffer Gallery, University of Texas
Houston, TX, USA United States of America

Microcinema International, and the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, are pleased to present two weeks of short film projections and screenings highlighting the work of artists who produce, write, shoot, score and edit their own films, on view in the upstairs galleries. Formal screenings will also be held on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 2:00 pm. The exhibition, organized by Microcinema's founders, Patrick Kwiatkowski and Joel Bachar, features emerging and independent film and video "single-author" artists who perform most or all of the tasks involved in the making of their works. These artists explore the limits of the self in an artistic medium that is dominated by complex and collaborative relationships.

"Exhibiting films and videos as visual installations alongside formal screenings in a gallery setting is something new for Microcinema and we are excited about the prospects for the viewers as well as the filmmakers," comments Patrick Kwiatkowski. "Indeed, many of the artists in the exhibition cross the boundaries between visual art and film."

Featured artists include: Yuri A. (Zurich); Christopher Keller (Houston), Michelle Beck and Jorge Calvo (New York City); J.D. Beltran (San Francisco); Julie-Christine Fortier (Rennes, France); Kasumi (Cleveland, OH); Lev (San Francisco); Evan Mather (Los Angeles); Bärbel Neubauer (Munich, Germany); Mark O‚Connell (Seattle); John Palmer (San Francisco); Larilyn Sanchez (New York); Abre Chen (Brewster, NY); Takagi Masakatsu (Japan); Koto Ezawa (San Francisco); and Brett Simon (Los Angeles) and others.

Microcinema International (www.microcinema.com) promotes, exhibits and distributes independent film and video via the International Microcinema Network, an ever-evolving syndicate of alternative exhibition venues and outlets. Microcinema has produced Independent Exposure, a short film screening series which, since 1996, has screened over 800 short works from around the world and has toured 38 different countries, including Antarctica.

Microcinema International thanks its generous supporters for Independent Exposure including Panasonic Broadcast, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Film Arts Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. Support for Julie Christine Fortier‚s presence is made possible by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Délégation de l'action culturelle de la ville de Rennes, France.

Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, thanks the following generous sponsors for their support of museum exhibitions and programs: the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning; the City of Houston through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County; Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation; The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation; KUHF 88.7 FM; University of Houston Foundation; and Blaffer Gallery Corporate Partners: Apogee/MCG; Duke Energy; Jay Marks Mazda Hyundai; Mitsui, U.S.A.; Office Pavilion; Tindall and Foster, P.C.; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; U.S. Trust; and Verizon Wireless Communications.

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