Oskar Fischinger @ 117

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Quite a flurry of interest today around Google’s interactive Doodle celebrating the 117th birthday of filmmaker and painter Oskar Fischinger. The Telegraph celebrated too, with a round up of films available online. Happily for us here in New Plymouth, New Zealand, the celebrations coincide with Fischinger’s wonderful Raumlichtkunst (c. 1926/2012) on display at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre. If you enjoyed the Google game, have a look at a different (but better) game, Motion Phone, by Scott Snibbe, attributed by Snibbe to his love of both Lye and Fischinger’s filmmaking.

Check out this detailed list of materials and links on Fischinger and his work, or see the Centre for Visual Music to learn more about the films (including their great Vimeo channel for viewing  the films).

 

Weekend Reading

 

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Bookshop in Gwangju, South Korea

There is plenty to read this week about the Grenfell Tower fire in London, however this piece stands out. Sanaz Movahedi’s account of her friend and fellow artist Khadija Saye.

Jonas Mekas has published a new edition of his diaries I Had Nowhere to Go in paperback with Spector Books. A short article from the Telegraph discusses the filmmaker’s photographs of the Wiesbaden and Kassel/Mattenberg Displaced Persons Camps, 1945–48 showing at Documenta.

On a recent but fleeting trip to London I saw the wonderful Alberto Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern. The Spectator rightly praises the challenging exhibition.

A typically long and well illustrated piece from Marcus Bunyan on László Moholy-Nagy and LACMA’s Moholy-Nagy: Future Present exhibition.

And to end, the TLS and Rachel Bowlby review a number of new texts on Virginia Woolf.

Exhibition Review: On an Island

The first review of the On an Island exhibition has arrived, a nice (and reasonably lengthy piece) from Lana Lopesi at The Pantograph Punch.

 

 

Photos: Courtesy of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (credit: Paul Brobbel)