Curated by Tammy McGovern
Transmatter is a program of films and videos produced by artists who have been actively involved in the experimental media arts scene of Buffalo, NY. Featuring six short works that take shape as diary videos, cameraless films, or experimental narratives, each piece focuses on a sense of transitional states, moving from one physical or psychological realm to another, and pushing introspective aspects of viewing through the foregrounding of formal methods of construction. The screening concludes with a half hour video documentation of the late Tony Conrad’s essayistic work, This Piece is Its Name, which incorporates live musical performance with continuous scrolling text interrogating relationships between image, narrative, attention and control. Throughout this program, there are insistent themes of visualizing things difficult to see, and drawing attention to the chasms separating internal formless experience, with the expressive and communicable.