Past New Releases: Winter 2009

Posted April 27th, 2010 in New Acquisitions


New Releases from the Winter of 2009.

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New Releases

Sabine Maier

Sabine Maier, born 1971 in Friesach-Austria, studied photography in Vienna. Until 1992 she worked with the medium photography and video. In 1999 MACHFELD was founded, together with the artist Michael Mastrototaro.

She works in the following mediums: Photography and media exhibitions, Interactive Media installations, Streaming projects, Audio and video works, art in public space, net art, short- & experimental films.

Awards (selection)

Austrian award for Video- und Media-Art 2008 from the BMUKK – Kunst, Austria

Exhibitions, Projects & Screenings (Selection):

2008: JOYES – Photo and Media Art Exhibition, MKL – Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; X-Com – Kunstradio-Radiokunst, Radio Ö1, Austria; Die Neuen – Photo- and Media Exhibition, FLUSS – Schloss Wolkersdorf, Austria; Von Besen und Bürsten – Art in public space, Kulturpark Oberwart, Austria; BANSKA – 9th international Biennale of Miniatur Art, Gornji Milanovac, Serbien; iGoli – Photo-Media Exhibition – South Africa , FLUSS –Schloss Wolkersdorf, Austria

2007: Trans Cape, African Biennale – Cape Town, South Africa; VED vs. Jo´burg – The Premisses Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Artist in Residence – UMAS, Durham, Canada; Transmitter – interaktive Installation, Steirischer Herbst 2007, Austria; PONG – interaktive Installation, Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz, Austria; Crossover III – Photography-New Media“, interaktive Installation and Life; Performance, Fotogalerie Vienna, Austria.

2006: 25th VIPER International Film, Video and New Media Festival, Basel, Swizerland; Museum of the World Ocean – Kaliningrad, Russia; WONDER – Art in public space, Fischerstiege-Vienna, Austria; Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Lausanne Time Film Festival, Lausanne, Swizerland; Vdance – International Video Dance Festival, – Tel Aviv & Haifa, Israel; LA Freewaves – 10th Biennale Film & New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles, USA.

2005: Cornerhouse – Video photo- Installation, Manchester, UK; Framemakers Symposium, Limerick, Ireland; Diagonale – Film Festival Austria, Graz, Austria; Debajo el mismo cielo, Film Project, Nebaj, Guatemala; 11. Media Art Biennale WRO 05, Wroclaw, Poland; VISP – Mediaart Exhibition, MKL- Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Whitechapel Art Gallery – Videoinstallation, London, UK; International bac!05 – Festival for Computer Art, Barcelona, Spain.

2004: Galeria Medium, Photo Video Installation, Bratislava, Slovakia; International Film and Video Festival, Vilnius, Estonia

2003: UDO, Network Data sniffing Projekt, Kulturhauptstadt Europa 2003, Austria

2002: EW_1, Award for the best Experimentalfilm. International Filmfestival Dahlonega, Atlanta, USA; Videozone Biennale Tel Aviv, Video Installation, Tel Aviv, Israel; 6th International Art & Communication Festival, Riga, Latvia; Galerie 5020, Media Installation, Salzburg, Austria.

2000: Museum of Modern Art, Video Photo Installation, Detroit, USA


Kúpele Central

Direction, book, outfit, costume, production management: Sabine Maier
Photography: Brano Spacek, Michael Mastrototaro
Editing: Michael Mastrototaro
Sound: Ollmann
Music: Brano Spacek
Actors: Sabina Holzer, Katarina Mojzisova
Producers: Machfeld, Tanzquartier Wien & Bratislava in Movement
Renting agency: Machfeld Studio

Finding a postcard in an antiquariat in Bratislava, where two children sent greetings to their parents from the Spartakiada in Prague and the discovery of an old abandoned, former communistic swimming pool was the impulse for this film. At the beginning there was an associative and playful dealing with the images – synchronised movements, colourful costumes, the aesthetic and the space –Later on – dealing with this subject was getting more deep and serious. (SM)

Stills may be downloaded here.

2008, 16mm, 4.5m, color, $39
DVD (PAL) Sale: $50 individuals, $150 institutions.

Michael Mastrototaro

In 1999, Michael Mastrototaro set up the artgroup MACHFELD (together with Sabine Maier) in Vienna, Austria. Based on the identically named cyber-novel (written by Michael Mastrototaro) MACHFELD developed an art-label with the focus points: web-art, short- and experimental films, streaming – projects, interactive installations, art-radio works as well as art for the public space. Most of the work from Michael Mastrototaro is labelled under MACHFELD.

Award (Selection)

Austrian award for Video- und Media-Art 2008 from the BMUKK – Kunst, Austria

Exhibitions (Selection):
2000 Museum of Modern Art, Detroit / USA , 2002 International Filmfestival Dahlonega, Atlanta / USA, Videozone Biennial Tel Aviv / Israel, 6th International Art & Communication Festival, Riga / Lettland, Galerie 5020, Salzburg / Österreich, 2003 Graz_2003, Kulturhauptstadt Europa, Graz /Österreich, 2004 Galeria Medium, Bratislava / Slowakei, International film and video Festival, Vilnius / Estland, 2005 Cornerhouse, Manchester / UK, Framemakers Symposium, Limerick / Irland, Diagonale, Graz / Österreich, “Debajo el mismo cielo”, Nebaj / Guatemala, 11. Media Art Biennale WRO 05, Wroclaw / Polen, “VISP”, Medienkunstlabor, Graz / Österreich, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London / UK, International bac!05 – Festival for Computer Art, Barcelona / Spanien, 2006 25th VIPER International Film, Video and New Media Festival, Basel / Schweiz, Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad / Russland, “WONDER” Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Fischerstiege-Wien / Österreich, Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam / Holland, Lausanne Time Film Festival, Lausanne / Schweiz, Vdance – International Video Dance Festival, Tel Aviv / Israel, LA Freewaves – 10th Biennial Film, Video & New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles / USA, 2007 Crossover III – Photography Media-Art, Fotogalerie Vienna, Austria, VED vs. JOBURG, Exhibition, The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg (ZA), Red Line Surveillance as part of Festival of Extreme Building and New Generation Arts Festival, Birmingham (UK), XT, Austrian contribution to the European Art Radio Festival, (P) UMAS-United Media Arts, Artist in Residence, Durham (CA), Trans Cape, African Biennale, Cape Town (ZA), 2008 JOYES, Kunthaus Graz (medienkunstlabor), Graz (A), X-Com, Ö1 Kunstradio, Österreich. NEW Y(W)ORK, interdisciplinary Film, New York, USA

Lectures / Artist Talks (Selection):
“Lecture about Second Life”, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA 2008
“Lecture About Second Life”, California State University, Los Angeles, USA, 2008
“Lecture about Media-Art”, University of Western Ontario, London-Canada, 2007
“An evening with Machfeld”, “Artist Talk”, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound-Canada, 2007

“About people in Second Life”, Lecture about personal behavior in SL, Schloss Wolkersdorf-Austria, 2007
“X-Com”, Public Lecture at the Cityvarsity Johannesburg and the University of Wittwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2007 (Official Site of MACHFELD) (Official Site of Michael Mastrototaro)


Director: Michael Mastrototaro
Actor: Milan Adamcik
Photography: Brano Spacek, Michael Mastrototaro
Production: Sabine Maier
Music: Lokai

Jean Cocteau created his last film LE TESTAMENT D`ORPHÈE in 1959. He described that movie with the following words “It’s an advantage of the cinema to enable many people to dream the same dream.” This analogy between film and the dream world was detected and described very early in the film history.

In 1913 Georg Lukács, for example, described cinema as “a new, homogeneously and harmonic, consistent and diversified world, witch is compare in the worlds of literature and living with fairy tales and dreamings, largest aliveness without a inner 3rd dimension, suggestive assignment through immediate consequence and strictness.

During the experience of dreaming, the dream is not a dream at all, it’s to seem that we are in a real world.” Film has the same attitude, it brings us into a dream world, but during the dreaming process we believe in what we see.

Banska continue the historical line of dream-films.
On the one hand through the cinematic conversation of a dream – dreamed by the director of this film – you can see this as a media-reflection of the dream reality itself- and on the other hand through the manipulation of the time axis. (MM)

2008, 16mm, 5m, b&w, $39

DVD Compilations

Short Films Vol. 1

DVD features: Banska, Unseen, Gnu for Zoo.

DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.


DVD Sale: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Charlotte Pryce

Discoveries on the Forest Floor 1-3

Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber, The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day, Those whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative.

2007, 16mm, color/si, 4.5m, $25

Abraham Ravett


2008, 16mm, 7m, color/si, $35 rental

Jennifer Reeves

Monsters in the Closet

Dirty little girl stories, girl gangs, and other tales from the closets of adolescence.

1993, 16mm, color/so, 15m, $55

The Girl’s Nervy

Exuberant rhythms are created for the eyes in this nostalgic study of the single film frame, through cutting, pasting, and painting clear and photographed film images. Fleeting shapes in lush, spattered color flicker and dance to big band beats.

1995, 16mm, color/so, 5m, $25


Chronic is an experimental narrative about a young woman who began mutilating herself as a girl to cope with her bitter mid-western life. The lush optically-printed scenes take Gretchen’s point of view from her punk youth, a stay in a mental hospital, and her release into the big city. Scripted scenes are composited with documentary and found footage, illustrating the culture Gretchen lives in, her inner world and relationships from her birth to her final day.


Jerome Foundation Production Grant; Charlotte Film Festival: First Prize Experimental Film; Oberhausen International Short Film Festival: Main Prize of the International Competition and First Prize from the Jury of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI); Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Screening Committee’s Choice Award For Narrative Integrity, and The Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker Award; Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto: Marion McMahon Memorial Award; Shorts International Film Festival, N.Y.: Best Experimental Film; Black Maria Film Festival: Juror’s Choice; Christopher Wetzel Memorial Award, Honorable Mention: Art Institute of Chicago.

Cast:Jennifer Reeves, Noelle Kalom, Barbara Lee , Bill Bronson, Jeanne Liotta, Richard Harrington, Chelsea Penneabaker, Robbin Shahani, Mary Brezovich, Joe Gibbons.

1996, 16mm, color/so, 38m, $152

Works now available on DVD

Bruce Baillie

Bruce Baillie has just announced the release of his first DVD collection. This collection contains five films and is offered in a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered. This volume includes Tung, Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Valentin de las Sierras, Castro Street, and All My Life. These are newly restored versions of each title.

$50 for home use; $300 Institutions

Number 1 of 100 is being offered to the highest bidder. Bidding starts at $500. Proceeds from this auction will go to a collaborative project that is currently underway.
Number 1 will be a gold DVD containing additional bonus features.

Leonard Henny

Black Power, We’re Goin’ Survive America

Produced by Leonard M. Henny in cooperation with the Black Panther Party and American Documentary Films. Camera by Steven Lighthill and Leonard Henny. Editing by Kees Hin. Speech by Stokely Carmichael. Dancing by Uzozi Aroho Dancers and Company, Birth of Soul Dancers. Portrait of the struggle for black liberation, the African heritage of American blacks, the need to form a Black United Front in order to survive the threats of white racism in America and in the world today.

The speech by Stokely Carmichael was given at the occasion of the merger between the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, February 1968. The merger took place on the birthday of Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, who was jailed for allegedly having killed a policeman. The speech ends with the famous: “Huey Newton will be set free, or else ….”

1965, 16mm, color/so, 15m, $45
Sale DVD-R: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

But What Do We Do?

Many scientists and engineers who work on military R & D projects became concerned about the contributions of their work to the United States’ role in the Vietnam war and the military and industrial organizations that create the capability to wage such a war. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? is the true story of how one engineer became aware of the consequences of his work and grappled with and resolved the growing contradiction between his personal convictions and his work. The role of the engineer is played by the engineer who actually went through the experience described. The film shows how various events affected the engineer’s thinking: the news of the war in Vietnam, an introduction to the concept of non-violence by Joan Baez, student demonstrations against military contractors and “peace games” of non-violent civil defense.

BUT WHAT DO WE DO? challenges students, engineers and scientists to face up to the moral and political choices they must make when seeking employment, and confronts already-employed engineers and scientists with the necessity of taking responsibility for the consequences of their work.

16mm, color/so, 18m, $60
Sale DVD-R: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Dead Earth

“An ecology film which links together the issues of the survival of our environment with the issues of corporate irresponsibility and the devastating effects of the war, both in S. E. Asia and at home. In Vietnam we are destroying the countryside with our defoliation program. At home we dump wastes from the production of herbicides into the communities of blacks and the poor who live in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the chemical companies that produce 2-4-5 T and 2-4 D components.” –noted ecologist Barry Commoner.

1970, DVD-R (transferred from 16mm) color/so, 20m; Sale: individuals, $50; institutions, $100.

Dead End Street?

Lonnie Ward, an ex-convict and Black Panther, experiences college life in America. He helps found a Black Student Union, which creates a political storm on campus. Later he goes back to the black community to help bring black consciousness to his friends who didn’t go to college.

1970, 16mm, color/so, 17m, $50
Sale DVD-R: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Getting It Together

Co-maker: Jan Boon. This is a film on Larry Eigner, poet. Larry was born in Swampscott, Mass. Due to ill birth he cannot walk and can hardly speak or write. Yet, in spite of handicap, his poetry continues to flow and is widely published and read in both America and in Europe. Larry Eigner can communicate with the world only by dictating his poems to his mother and to his brother, Joe-who are the only ones who can understand him. In recent years he has begun to learn a technique of one-finger typing. –L. M. H.

1973, DVD-R (transferred from 16mm), color/so, 18 min.

Schizophrenia of Working for War

This film portrays the dilemma of engineers who, although opposed to the war in Vietnam, were weapon-makers, employed at some of the most prestigious California institutions, specializing in war-materials production. The film presents their stories. The men play themselves.

The analysis distinguishes three types of response to the dilemma: the rationalizer, the drop-out and the organizer. The rationalizer: “we don’t make killing weapons; we make protective devices for the planes, to confuse the enemy radar. We don’t kill people so to speak, our instruments are designed to save the lives of pilots ….”

The drop-out actually decides to quit his job …. The third person, the organizer, opposes the war openly …. He is subsequently fired, but later becomes one of the prime organizers of the Technology and Society Committee (TASC), a California non-profit organization which helped defense engineers to shift to peace-oriented employment.

This film is not just about weaponmakers. It is about the dilemma of anyone who finds himself opposed to the system he lives in and works for.

1969, 16mm, color/so, 27m, $80
Sale DVD-R: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Vietnam Veteran

Co-maker: Kees Hin. Though the Vietnam war has come to an end, we are still faced with the conditions that made the war possible. A black veteran returns to the United States, to find that the ‘freedom’ which he defended overseas does not apply for him at home. After a three-year search for steady employment, the veteran is pushed to taking the law in his own hands. When he attempts to steal car, the police are immediately at the scene, and the former was hero is killed instantly in the streets of America. –L. M. H.

DVD-R (transferred from 16mm), color/so, 17m; Sale: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Towards A People’s Cinema

DVD-R (transferred from 16mm), color/so, 37m; Sale: $50 individuals, $100 institutions.

Philip Weisman


I began to think about Brakhage’s opening paragraph for Metaphors on Vision and his notion of the untored eye and although I could sympathize with sentiment, my experience with my own daughter Maddy seemed more concrete. Sometime after September 11, 2001 (having been displaced and re-settled temporarily in a furnished apartment in Maplewood, New Jersey), Maddy began reading stories from picture books. At four, she knew how to read a few words but mostly made up stories from looking at pictures. This video is my portrait of her (and more) which began in a small industrial city about twenty minutes from Prague, Kladno, early one summer in the year 2000. (POW)

2005, DVD-R, color/b&w/so, 20m. Sale: Individuals, $50; Institutions, $100.

Fugitive Chef

The deaths of the filmmaker Bob Fleischner, my childhood friend Jeff Tenzer and my father Marc Weisman in 1989 hastened an already made decision to leave the avant-garde art community and seek respite elsewhere. This resolution didn’t alter my desire to work at filmmaking or even attempt, occasionally, to alter its known forms; it simply restated it within a different context. The Fugitive Chef is a fractured and layered personal documentary (with other genres thrown in) shot mostly in Brooklyn and at the MacDowell Art Colony. Contributors to this film include filmmaker,Bob Fleischner, poet, Julia Kasdorf, painter, Sarah McCoubrey, actor, Scotty Snyder, and filmmaker/performance artist Stuart Sherman.–POW

2006, DVD-R (transferred from 16mm), color/b&w, so, 37m. Sale: Individuals, $50; Institutions, $100.