This weekend Columbus will come alive with art, music, film, food, and more at the 2014 “Independents’ Day”, September 19th-21st.
Every year, the Independents’ Day festival comprises a variety of activities organized by individuals and groups from around the city, highlighting Columbus’ cultural vibrancy. On Saturday September 20th stop by the celebration to see moving image works by Film Studies Program Coordinator Matt Swift, the featured video artist. See the premiere of moving-image window installations by Matt Swift, Nikki Swift and Derek Stewart in collaboration with artists Jenn Brewster, Amy Leibrand & Christin Hutchinson, as well as City Lights & other works. The City Lights presentation will be a floor projection featuring works in the series from Seattle WA, Chicago IL, Columbus OH, Cincinnati OH, Ogelbay Park WV, Panama City FL, and Alys Beach FL.
In cooperation with the RVCC Video program my film City Lights – Columbus will be screened at Arts on Division from June 20th -22nd. “On Division is an outdoor festival of the arts in downtown Somerville, NJ. Enjoy live performances including dramatic readings, dance, music, and meet-the-author events. The four day celebration also includes pop up galleries of diverse fine art including painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, and more – all available for purchase. Admission is FREE so come and experience a great weekend in Downtown Somerville.” ( artsondivision.com )
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From June 5 through June 8th my moving image piece City Lights – Oglebay Park Festival of Lights was on display at Digital Graffiti 2014 in Alys Beach Florida. It was amazing to get to see my work displayed in a way that I have been striving towards for some time now. Alys Beach is a perfect area for creating moving image projection displays because of its unique white whiles that make up 100% of the village. I was luck y enough to have my work displayed on 4 projectors using the Alys Beach iconic butteries as the screening medium. Here are some photographs as well as an HD documentation of the display on Friday night during the larger Digital Graffiti 2014 festival.
City Lights Digital Graffiti Alys Beach Close Up
City Lights Digital Graffiti Alys Beach Buttery and Projector
City Lights Digital Graffiti Alys Beach Two Butteries
Film Studies Coordinator Matt Swift’s film chosen for international festival Digital Graffiti 2014
For the past 2 years Film Studies Coordinator Matt Swift has been producing an experimental documentary series entitles City Lights and Rural Colors. The films use the landscape of a single cityscape or rural area to create a kaleidoscopic effect bordering between reality and the imagination of the viewer. By questioning the concept of movement, he investigates the dynamics of landscape,
including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of
what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to
conjure the realms of our imagination.
The chosen film City Lights Oglebay Park documents the 300 acre Festival of Lights that runs throughout the month of December in West Virginia.
Digital Graffiti is an annual three day event that uses moving image artist to paint the “towns iconic white walls” in Alys Beach Florida.
” Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have already been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. But Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to celebrate and showcase these unique talents.”( http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/about-us/)
Join us in congratulating Matt Swift on this accomplishment.
To find out more about digital Graffiti 2014 visit the website at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/
To see more City Lights and Rural Colors visit Matt’s vimeo album at https://vimeo.com/album/2747980
Matt has created a gofundme campaign to support going to Digital Graffiti 2014 as well as making new videos while at Alys Beach. To support his project and receive unique rewards visit his campaign at – http://www.gofundme.com/8xd3u8
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On Thursday Feb 20th, I was able to give a 90 minute discussion about my recent video landscape series City Lights and Rural Colors. Highlighting inspiration from filmmakers such as my wife Nicolette Swift,as well as Tony Conrad, Michael Snow and many others, a discussion of the work lead to larger questions about the state of experimental cinema and the juggling act of audience engagement, critical meaning making, and cinematic experimentation that artist in this medium must face. To see a sampling of this series visit the series on vimeo.
City Lights is a series of experimental poetic short films documents a city using a single tracking shot that is then compiled as a kaleidoscope of lights providing a new life and dancing quality to the stop and go of night life. The lights of the city are accompanied and timed to music creating a sensual experience of sight and sound that lets the viewer’s eyes and ears work in tandem to create unique engagements with the beats of the music and lights on the screen that embody those bets differently with each viewing.
A Few Stills from the video.
City Lights Columbus Still 1
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City Lights Columbus Still 7
As part of the CS Gallery, in Columbus Ohio, December Holiday show, I am displaying two different styles of work. First is a set of photographs called Rural Nights 1-7. The photographs highlight the stillness of the night through long wide angle exposures containing farm equipment and a display of the moon and stars.
Rural Nights 1-7 at CS Gallery
Second, is a new mixed media piece that stems from my work with discarded electronic components. This piece Terra Prima is a mix components from a plethora of electronic sources, mounted to wood, and covered in glossy white to give it a uniform almost relief sculpture feel.
Matt Swift and Terra Prima at CS Gallery