Farewell Albie Thoms

Australia has lost a legend of cinema. Albie Thoms’ obituary appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday. And another one from ABC MovieTime. From the Herald piece by Philippe Mora: Never bowing to overtly conventional cinema, this modest, knowledgeable and catalytic artist absorbed the history of the avant garde in Europe and became a lifelong …

Malcolm Le Grice’s Horror Film

This week, in London, I met up with Malcolm Le Grice. Recently, we’ve been pondering how it might be to tackle the re-enactment, or recreation of his Horror Film, from 1971. The piece, for three 16mm projectors, involves a live performer, naked, with his back to the audience. He begins right up near the screen, …

TLC’s Anthony McCall project in Perform Repeat Record

A chapter I wrote about our 2007 re-enactment of Anthony McCall’s Long Film for Ambient Light has been included in the book Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History, edited by Amelia Jones and Adrian Heathfield. You can check out the book here. Louise Curham and I were really pleased to be involved in this …

Re-Enacting Expanded Cinema: Three Case Studies

In 2009, Lucas Ihlein and Louise Curham presented a paper at the Re-Live Media Art Histories conference in Melbourne. There seem to be some problems accessing the proceedings online, so we’re posting the paper here on our own website in the spirit of collegiality. It’s entitled Re-Enacting Expanded Cinema: Three Case Studies. Here’s the abstract: …

Xavier Garcia Bardon’s essay on “Man with Mirror”

Xavier Garcia Bardon, a film curator from Brussels, has written a book chapter all about Guy Sherwin’s Man with Mirror. Excitingly (for us), his essay also includes a consideration of Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein (Teaching and Learning Cinema)’s re-enactment/extension of Sherwin’s piece, entitled(Wo)Man with Mirror, which was first performed in 2009. Xavier’s chapter is …

Malcolm Le Grice Screening in Sydney

Moving Image Art by Malcolm Le Grice at Performance Space, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Everleigh NSW 2015. Friday 5th November 6 – 8pm Malcolm Le Grice will introduce a program of films and video, from 1 to 16 mins in duration, made between 1966 and 2009. Malcolm Le Grice started as a painter but began …

Measuring Up / Looking Back / Chewing Over

Measuring Up: Illustrating this comment and this page of sketches and calculations, I’m posting these photos to show how we worked out the relative dimensions of the mirror/screen. Not very complicated! Lucas’ armspan (188cm) was assumed to be similar to Guy’s – thus, we reasoned, Lucas would use a “full-size” mirror of 24X32 inches (61X81.3cm). …