ERIC SAKS 2016
Still from Eidolon with Bill Daniel
VIDEO ARTIST ERIC SAKS NOVEMBER 2016
Visiting Artist Eric Saks - Media artist aka filmmaker, director, videomaker, viralist, prankster, memester, producer
Screening Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 7:30 pm
in the theater $7.00 suggested donation
2016, Digital video 30 Mins
A tone poem that reflects on strange encounters the filmmaker has had in the California deserts. The landscape is seen through custom built camera lens, drone video, and features filmmaker and photographer Bill Daniel at work. There are also various UFOs encounters and desert specters.
Dirt aka Black Book
2004, NTSC video, 25’ mins.
A video essay and narrative created out of a collection of telephone answering machine tapes the artist had amassed from thrift-stores over the course of fifteen years. These telephone messages form an arcane cultural anthropology, a slice of life of our collective unconscious as they are assembled into a meta-narrative of interpersonal relationships.
1997, NTSC video, 25 mins. Funded by 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Media Grant
An experimental narrative inspired by the disappearance of a boy scout during a hike in the California mountains. The image style is inspired by retablo votive painting and photo-novellas to conjecture what would have happened if the young scout had not perished on the trail.
"Eric Saks' haunting Creosote, takes the narrative trappings of countless banal Indies [abused boy finds substitute weirdo father, goes to L.A., becomes a teen hustler, then a tabloid celebrity, dies bearing stigmata, etc.] and casts them in flickering black-and-white images that look like X-rays bounced from outer space. (Creosote is the mystical sci-fi picture that Contact wants to be and isn't.) ..."
Videodrome by Amy Taubin The Village Voice July 22, 1997
Los Angeles based artist Eric Saks will be in residence for four days. Eric will hold a video workshop open to all interested. (see below)
Eric is drawn to the function/disfunction of technology in our lives. Eric is a keen and deep thinker about American life. He finds,creates and presents orphan stories. He can be cryptic or solemn and incredibly
funny. Bereft subjects or "characters" are coupled with concise observation. Cardboard, paper, tape, found footage, string, cartoon
characters, pixilvision, tv ads, answering machine tapes, even motes of dust are in his reportoire. He has an eye and ear for neglected beauty.
His work has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
EXQUISITE CORPSE VIDEO WORKSHOP
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
25.00 donation - students free
The Exquisite Corpse is a filmmaking method by which a collection of video shots are
collectively assembled into a narrative short film based on a set of creative rules that each
participant adheres to. Each collaborator adds to the short video sequence using a “continuity
object” (such as a key or an envelope) in their shots and by being allowed to see only the end of
what the previous person contributed to the story.
In this one-day workshop the group will make a short film by creating shots and collectively
editing the final video piece. The group will also create some music and sound design to score
Because the creative process is game like it is a lot of fun. Media-maker Eric Saks has created
this one day workshop with participants of all ages in the past. It is a great way to learn about
what makes narrativity in filmmaking and utilize shooting techniques that create continuity of a
scene and creatively mess with filmmaking conventions. Each participant will be actively making
a key component to the group film and will also work on the edit and post production. Several
video examples will be shown to illustrate the idea before the group begins.
From Wikipedia: The Exquisite Corpse concept is also known as exquisite cadaver (from the
original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, The creative process was invented by
surrealist artists in Paris and is similar to an old parlor game called Consequences in which
players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to
the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that
it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching.