Friday, November 20, 2015

Brooklyn Documentaries Screening at Brooklyn Historical Society December 11th, 2015

Conrad Milster

Brooklyn Documentaries Screening at Brooklyn Historical Society December 11th, 2015. 

 At 6:30 PM, the Brooklyn Historical Society in partnership with the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival will present a screening of Brooklyn short documentaries titled, "Brooklyn Always, Timeless – Changes.”

 Conrad and The Steamplant  -  Filmed by Dustin Cohen

Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since.

For the last six decades, Milster (now 79 years old) has lovingly maintained the nineteenth century steam engines that provide heat and hot water to Pratt’s campus. “We have our hands full,” says Milster. “If the plant stops in the winter, Pratt stops.

Jazzsoon: Portrait of a Brooklyn Hustler  -  Filmed by Ivan Cash

 The portrait of Jazzsoon: Collector. Hustler. Brooklyn Native. Living for the weekends.  
While shooting his Last Photo series, filmmaker Ivan Cash met a man who calls himself Jazzsoon. Cash was intrigued, so he spent a Saturday with him to learn more about his life. Jazzsoon, it turns out, is an avid collector of comic books, vintage sports uniforms, and sneakers; he hawks what he finds to make a living. It's a common sort of street hustle, and with a city's worth of competitors, he relies on charisma and bravado as much as he does on wares. "As long as I can supply a demand, I can make a living," he says.

Fire Brooklyn, Stillwell Avenue – Filmed by Mark Kroytor,
This footage documents a massive fire engulfing a historic multi-story building on Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn. The filmmaker’s unique vantage from the elevated platform provides a galvanizing view of dramatic that  can unfold suddenly in the streets of Brooklyn.

The Shore Theater, Coney Island  - Filmed by Charles Denson 
"The Shore Theater represents not just Coney's golden past, but also its bright future." 
 The seven-story, neo-Renaissance style theater and vaudeville house opened in 1925 and operated for half a century. Both structures have been closed and sealed up for decades. The theater's facade was granted landmark status in 2010, but the interior is not protected and vulnerable to demolition. Denson is one of the few people who has seen the inside the Shore Theater in recent years.

  Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201

                Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. This program is FREE & Open to the Public.

                 For information call the Brooklyn Historical Society at (718) 222-4111

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aldo TAMBELLINI: Atlantic In Brooklyn (1971–72) Opening Friday, 11 September. 7-9pm

Aldo Tambellini
Atlantic In Brooklyn (1971–72)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 11 – Oct 11, 2015

191 North 14th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

 Aldo TAMBELLINI: Atlantic In Brooklyn (1971-72)

Curated by Joseph Ketner

Pierogi is proud to present Aldo Tambellini's "Atlantic In Brooklyn (1971–72)"  at The Boiler in a frieze-like installation of six life-size projections. 

Aldo Tambellini, a formative figure in expanded cinema in the 1960s, was recognized for his camera-less films, videos, and experimental television, which he synthesized into immersive multimedia installations presented at universities and theaters. In his performances, that Aldo called “Electromedia,” he collaborated with avant-garde dancers, poets, and musicians, in an abstract theater that The Village Voice described as a “theater of the senses” (1965). He orchestrated an ensemble of projectors into an abstract, environmental installation that filled the entire space—walls, ceilings, and floor—generating an experience designed to “dislocate the senses of the viewer.”

In 1971 Aldo moved to Brooklyn and pursued an entirely different direction in his work, turning his video cameras onto the street. At this time Aldo contracted a virus in his eyes leaving his corneas scarred. Haunted by the fear of going blind, he began to compulsively record the world around him from his apartment at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Over the course of several months between, 1971 and 1972, he captured the happening on the street from his apartment window and rooftop. In total, Aldo amassed approximately six hours of footage on 20 minute ¾” videotapes. The candid style of camera work is similar to guerrilla video. Yet, Aldo envisioned his style as an emulation of postwar Italian neo-realist film.

In “Atlantic in Brooklyn,” Aldo divorced performance from his “Electromedia” theater and recorded it unfolding in situ, on the streets of Brooklyn. In his words, “Atlantic in Brooklyn, noon-evening-night. Atlantic on Sunday, weekdays. Atlantic under brilliant sun. Atlantic on a windy day. Atlantic under the rain. People, cars, trucks, a hamburger stand, a bank building with a large round clock always at the hour of 10. Occasional prostitutes crossing the street, occasional pimps, drunken people in and out of bars and always the police.” The panoply of life.

A selection of footage from Aldo’s “Atlantic in Brooklyn” was first shown at The Kitchen Video Festival in 1972 on three monitors. David Ross also presented a monitor installation of this series at the Everson Museum in Syracuse in 1973. Over 40 years later, Aldo is now releasing the series as a projector installation. By using life-sized projections, he wishes to establish a one-on-one relationship of the viewer to the subjects. He wants the spectator to experience the happening that was on the streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s, a street scene that was doomed for demolition, gentrified into oblivion, and destined for a new social order made manifest by the Barclay’s Center at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. For the first time the entirety of Aldo’s recordings of Brooklyn is available in a frieze of projections that transport the viewer, through the transparency of the camera’s eye, into a candid representation of the past.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Aldo’s work, with film screenings, installations, and performances held at the Harvard Film Archives (2010), the Centre Pompidou (2012), the Tate Tanks (2012), the Museum of Modern Art (2013), and currently as a participant in the Italian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). An exhibition of his video and television works at the Center for Media Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany
is scheduled for 2016. Tambellini is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Joseph D. Ketner II holds the Foster Chair in Contemporary Art at Emerson College, Boston. 

For more information, please email us at or call The Boiler / Pierogi at 718-599-2144.

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Opening Friday, 11 September (7-9pm) at The BOILER:
Aldo TAMBELLINI: Atlantic In Brooklyn (1971–72)
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