Professor Cash Ragona Lectures on Stan VanDerBeek

Posted on June 7, 2023

Professor Cash (Melissa) Ragona will be presenting a talk, along with the artist Kamau Patton, on the use of media archives in the work of Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) on Saturday, June 10 at 4 pm at Magenta Plains Gallery in New York.

By thinking through VanDerBeek’s “collage-animation techniques” used in three of his early films, “A La Mode” (1960), “Breathdeath” (1963), and “See Saw Seems” (1965)—all of which are characteristic examples of VanDerBeek’s early filmmaking practice—Ragona and Kamau will address his pioneering work in the fields of animation, expanded cinema, interactivity, and new forms of networked transmissions. This “conversation” is presented within the context of Vanderbeek’s current exhibition at Magenta Plains (149 Canal Street, NYC), Stan VanDerBeek: See Saw Seems (May 4- June 17).

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Image: Stan VanDerBeek from “What, Who, How”. 1957, 16mm film transferred to video. © Estate of Stan VanDerBeek