STUDIES AND OBSERVATION NO. 4: JOURNAL AND REMARKS BY DAVID GATTEN
David Gatten will present a program of his 16mm films. Program includes:
HARDWOOD PROCESS (1996) SHRIMP BOAT LOG (2006/2010) JOURNAL AND REMARKS (2009) FILM FOR INVISIBLE INK, CASE NO.142: ABBREVIATION FOR DEAD WINTER [DIMINISHED BY 1,794] (2008) HOW TO CONDUCT A LOVE AFFAIR (2007) SO SURE OF NOWHERE BUYING TIMES TO COME (2010) Over the last fifteen years Gatten's work has explored the intersection of the printed word and the moving image, while investigating the shifting vocabularies of experience and representation within intimate spaces and historical documents. Through traditional research methods (reading old books) and non-traditional film processes (boiling old books), the films trace the contours of both private lives and public histories, combining elements of philosophy, biography and poetry with experiments in cinematic forms and narrative structures. David Gatten was born in Ann Arbor, lives in the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, CO and is currently Visiting Professor and Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence in the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. Gatten’s films have been exhibited internationally, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and his works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Gatten's work is the subject of a fourteen film retrospective entitled "Texts of Light" that recently opened at the Wexner Center for the Arts and is travelling to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA, as well as other venues. On November 30th, David Gatten will present a program of historic films at the Michigan Theater as part of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival Retrospective Screening Series.