Avant-garde film is almost indefinable. It is in a constant state of change and redefinition. In his highly-acclaimed history of experimental film, A.L. Rees tracks the movement of the film avant-garde between the cinema and modern art (with its postmodern coda). But he also reconstitutes the film avant-garde as an independent form of art practice with its own internal logic and aesthetic discourse.
In this revised and updated edition, Rees introduces experimental film and video to new readers interested in the wider cinema, as well as offering a guide to enthusiasts of avant-garde film and new media arts. Ranging from Cezanne and Dada, via Cocteau, Brakhage and Le Grice, to the new wave of British film and video artists from the 1990s to the present day, this expansive study situates avant-garde film between the cinema and the gallery, with many links to sonic as well as visual arts.
The new edition includes a review of current scholarship in avant-garde film history and includes updated reading and viewing lists. It also features a new introduction and concluding chapter, which assess the rise of video projection in the gallery since the millennium, and describe new work by the latest generation of experimental film-makers. The new edition is richly illustrated with images of the art works discussed.
A.L. REES is a Research Tutor in Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London.
Acknowledgements.- Introduction to the 2nd Edition.- Preface.- Introduction.- Sitting the Avant-Garde.- Vision Machine.- Time Base.- Point of View.- Modernisms.- PART I: THE CANONICAL AVANT-GARDE.- Origins of the Moving Image (1780-1880).- Photography.- Art and the Avant-Garde: Summary 1909-20.- The Cubists.- Primitives and Pioneers (1880-1915).- Futurists.- Abstract Film.- The Comic Burlesque.- The Art Cinema and its Circuit.- Cine-Poems and Lyric Abstraction.- Origins of Abstract Film.- The Absolute Film.- Cubism and Poular Film.- Dada and Surrealist Film.- The French Avant-Garde 1924-32.- Voice and Vision in the Pre-War Avant-Garde.- Transition: into the 1930s and Documentary.- Reviewing the First Avant-Garde.- Underground.- Two Avant-Gardes (Mark 1)?.- Structural.- PART II: BRITAIN, 1966-98.- English Structuralists.- Primitives and Post-Structralists.- Video Stirs.- Art and Politics.- A cinema of Small Gestures.- Rebel Waves.- Art Cinema's Odd Couple: Derek Jarman and Peter Greenaway.- New Pluralism.- Black British.- Electronic Arts.- yBa.- "Where are we now?".- Points of Resistance.- Conclusion: In the Gallery and on the Air.- The Migrating Frame from Film to Video.- Topologies.- The Origins of the Avant-garde and Current Practice.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.