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contact: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flint Institute of Arts's Fleckenstein Gallery will screen the video installation I Think I'm In Something from March 1-31, 2014. http://www.flintarts.org/ 1120 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503, 810-234-1695
I THINK I'M IN SOMETHING (2012, 8 minutes) Gerry Fialka and Clifford Novey's Pixelvision video installation hybridizes beautiful dancers, psychedelic guitar and cosmic jazz to the randomness of an airdancer's movements in Venice, California. "Mesmerizing to experience" - author/film scholar Beverly Gray. If you can't say it, sing it, and if you can't sing it, dance it. http://youtu.be/GZaEpo_uScY
PRESS READY STILLS (these photos of Gerry Fialka and Clifford Novey and film stills by Clifford Novey.) (I Think I'm In Something production still (on location) by Kristy Campbell)
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GERRY FIALKA: Artist, writer, and paramedia ecologist lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art and subversive social media. Fialka has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The LA Weekly proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary.".http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html
CLIFFORD NOVEY: Musician, filmmaker and computer consultant. Born in VA, Clifford relocated to Los Angeles in 1992 to pursue creative projects in music, art and photography with an emphasis on psychological and environmental concerns. www.cliffordnovey.com
MORE - Fialka is a former Flint Institute of Arts student, the first graduate from Powers High School in Flint, and a honor graduate from The University of Michigan. He has lectured at FIA on Pixelvision, Culture Jamming, Advertising As Art, and The Machine As Art. His videos have played in FIA's Fleckenstein Gallery many times in the past. Fialka attends the Ann Arbor Film Festival every year, often presenting workshops there. While in Michigan from his home in Venice, California, Fialka also presents events at Buckham Gallery, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, and lectures at U of M, the College of Creative Studies, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University among many other colleges and venues.
I Think I'm In Something - Airdancers are inflatable advertising attractions comprised of a long tube attached to a fan. The air movement causes a dancing or flailing motion, resembling humans with tube arms. This action evokes the human condition of redemption. We fall down and hopefully get back up. They are usually seen in front of gas stations and car washes to attract customers. Fialka and Novey found a Venice airdancer to be enthralling. They asked three avant-garde dancers to respond to its random movements, and filmed the hypnotizing results on the Fisher Price PXL-2000, a failed kids toy camcorder.
Novey and FIalka also composed the mystical music for the soundtrack on electric guitars. The track features Novey's transcendental leads.
I Think I'm In Something had its world premiere at PXL THIS 22 in 2012. Check this link for more info on the PXL THIS Film Festival and Pixelvision - http://laughtears.com/PXL-THIS-22.html The special "live cinema" version of I Think I'm In Something combines a live performance of dancers and musicians in front of the projection screen. This "expanded cinema" version was screened on January 17, 2013, at experimental film scholar/author David James's renown USC series Cinematheque 108, It also was featured in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2103 at the Experiments in Cinema Film Festival.
Also, Gerry Fialka will be presenting events in Michigan from March 19 to April 3, 2014 including-
April 2 from 6-9pm, Fialka will host POLITICAL POETRY - Local poets delve deep into timely current issues & events via live readings and new questions. What's the difference between rights & responsibilities? revolution & rebellion? Percept plunder for the recent future via Marshall McLuhan & James Joyce. AT Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734-665-2757, free admission
http://www.laughtears.com/ and http://venicewake.org/
"As this modern digital Dark Age of technological advances threatens to drive physical film stock itself -- the very stuff from which dreams are made -- into extinction, this evening of Genuine Fake Films by Gerry Fialka couldn't come at a more propitious moment. One of Los Angeles' great celluloid underworld overlords, relentless cultural provocateur and filmmaker Fialka has been successfully bedeviling our popular consciousness since the late 20th century. A recognized artistic force since his early 1970s breakout as head shot-caller at the notorious Ann Arbor Film Co-op and renowned as the veteran curator of PXL THIS, Hollywood's second oldest film festival, any presentation of Fialka's work is guaranteed to rate as a mind-bending affair. Framed as an evening of "short films and interactive discussion," featured titles include 2009's Eye Am Not a Robot; 2008's All Advertising Advertises Advertising; andDouble Duty Interrobang, Fialka's 2003 Pixelvision (read: Fischer Price toy video camera) eyebrow raiser. It's a veritable stampede of visual strangeness, theoretical acrobatics and sociocultural redefinition, all delivered through the singular prism of Fialka's self-defined prime directive: 'exploration of the hidden psychic effects of human inventions.' Topped off by a climactic Q&A between Fialka and moderator David James, the noted School of Cinematic Arts prof, this one is sure to set your cerebellum a-rattle." - Jonny Whiteside LA Weekly 1-11-13