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  • Song of the River

    Song of the River

    Children of the rainforest /
    intrinsically woven into the fabric of life /
    with one spirit, one voice, one people /
    that the song of the river is your own–

    Barbara L. Sykes.

    “Based upon my poem of Borneo’s indigenous cultures, ‘Song of the River’ is as much a visual poem and mystic story as it is an experimental ethnographic documentary. Shot while traveling up Sarawak’s Rajang River to various longhouses of different indigenous tribes, this tape is an intimate and personal portrayal of the harmonious relationship Borneo’s indigenous people have with one another, and with the river, animals, birds and rainforest. It is a devotional piece honoring the spirituality, wisdom, integrity and essential qualities of respect and appreciation for life that these people have.

    ‘Song of the River’ is the second tape produced for ‘In Celebration of Life…. In Celebration of Death…’ a series of tapes shot during my fourteen month sabbatical and Chicago Artists Abroad Artists Residency in intensive research and videotape production in primarily Asia, and later, the Mid-East and Africa. The series reveals the religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs of various indigenous cultures by exploring their rituals, dance, music and daily activities.

    From birth to death, special rites and ceremonies mark the important events of one’s existence, assuring a symbiosis of body and soul with the divine. This deep relationship between the people and their gods are reaffirmed through daily activity. At times, the person symbolically becomes god, strengthening their own sense of sacredness and self-respect.–Barbara Sykes Continue reading

  • Shiva Darshan

    Shiva Darshan

    “Based upon the poem I wrote of my travels through India and Nepal, ‘Shiva Darsan’ is as much a video poem and mystic story, as it is an experimental, ethnographic documentary on Hinduism, holy men, spirituality and transcendence. Shiva is the Hindu lord of procreation and death. Darsan is sacred perception. Darsan is as much to see, as it is to be seen by that of the worshipper and the deity, holy person or sacred place. It is as much the spiritual that yields to be grasped, known, touched and experienced, as it is the worshipper who is there to receive the divine. This piece is also a personal reflection on the Shivaratri Festival at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, the birthday celebration of Shiva at one of his most important pilgrimage sites in Asia and at the most sacred of Nepalese shrines.

    ‘Shiva Darsan’ the first tape produced for ‘In Celebration of Life…. In Celebration of Death…’, my series of experimental, ethnographic documentaries shot during my fourteen month sabbatical and Chicago Artists Abroad Artists Residency in Asia, the Mid-East and Africa. This series reveals the religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs of indigenous people from various cultures by exploring their rituals, dance, music and daily activities that revolve around life and death. From birth to death, special rites and celebrations mark the important events of one’s existence, assuring a symbiosis of body and soul with the divine. This deep relationship between the people and their gods are reaffirmed through daily activity. At times, the person symbolically becomes god; strengthening their own sense of sacredness and self-respect.”–Barbara Sykes Continue reading

  • Sample #2

    Sample #2

    A sample of early video image processing work by Steina and Woody Vasulka that were shown in their full versions at the Whitney Museum in 1971. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0002

    Image Union, episode 0002

    Hour long compilation episode of Image Union featuring “Busia and Cioc” by Valjean McLenighan, “Newsquake” by Warren Leming and Nate Herman, scenes from “Think Twice” by Ruiz Bevis Community TV Class, “Going Shopping” by Andrew Aaron, “Beach Ball Boogie” by Annette Barbier, “Phoneme Frolics” by Dana Hogdon, “Silly Geese,” “The White Rock Blues” by Sally and Ray Cioni, scenes from “Making it in Hollywood” by Frank Cavestani, “Listen, Santa” by Lilly Ollinger, and “Teagarden” by Dana Hodgdon. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 1023

    Image Union, episode 1023

    Compilation episode of Image Union featuring animation and surrealist work from Phoebe Legere, Martin Fischer, Terry deRoy Gruber, Matt Elson, and Keane. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 1223

    Image Union, episode 1223

    Annette Barbier and her daughter Celine went to India for four months in 1988. Her tape documents the everyday lives of village women and muses philosophically about the cultural differences. In an unusual touch, Barbier translates the conversation between villagers as she shoots, so we have a unique opportunity to understand how her presence with a video camera makes them feel. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0003

    Image Union, episode 0003

    Compilation episode of Image Union featuring “Cold Cows” by Franklin Miller, “John and Martha Faye,” “Christmas Morning in Sister Bay” by Dan Sandin, “The Santa Tapes” by Scott Jacobs, “Another Millionaire” by Tom Palazzolo, and “The Circus” by Jean Sousa. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 1027

    Image Union, episode 1027

    This tape is a collection of works submitted to the Women in the Director’s Chair Film and Video Festival. Continue reading