Pat O'Neill | Rosemary Comella | Kristy H.A. Kang | The Labyrinth Project

Pat O'Neill

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Pat O'Neill [born 1939, Los Angeles] received a Master of Arts degree in graphic design and photography from UCLA. He produced his first short film in 1963 in collaboration with computer-graphics pioneer Robert Abel. During the '60s and '70s he taught photography at UCLA, while experimenting with and refining the limited means for combining images that were available at the time [the optical printer, first in 16mm and then in 35mm]. In the early 1970s he was founding Assistant Dean for Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts, and since 1975 has operated his highly regarded special-effects and optical printing company, Lookout Mountain Films. Recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, he received the prestigious Maya Deren Award from the American Film Institute in 1993. Aesthetic concerns he shares with a generation of California artists led him from sculpture to experiments with continuous-projection film installations which were exhibited in galleries and incorporated into rock-concert light shows. A respected member of the experimental film scene, he pioneered the sort of free-flowing, manipulated live-action imagery in which we are now all immersed.

O'Neill's first feature, "Water and Power," was a Sundance Grand Jury winner in 1990 and was hailed as a touchstone for filmmaking in the future. The film became an instant classic, and was shown at the New York Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Telluride, London, Los Angeles and many others. "Trouble in the Image" followed in 1995 and has also been widely screened throughout the world. Several of the fourteen avant-garde 16mm short films he produced between 1963 and 1982 are also considered classics and all are in international distribution and in the collections of major museums, from the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris to the Austrian Film Archive in Vienna. His most recent film "The Decay of Fiction" premiered at the New York Film Festival in Fall 2002.

Filomography [selected] ::

"The Decay of Fiction", 2002
"Trouble In the Image", 1997 [35mm, 38 min, color/b&w, sound]
"Water and Power", 1989 [35mm, 55 min, color, sound]
"Let's Make a Sandwich", 1982 [16mm, 20 min, color, silent]
"Two Sweeps", 1979 [16mm, 20 min, color, silent]
"Sleeping Dogs (Never Lie)", 1978 [16mm, 9.5 min, b&w, color, silent/sound]
"Foregrounds", 1978 [16mm, 13.5 min, color, sound]
"Two Sweeps", 1977 [16mm, 20 min, silent]
"Sidewinder's Delta", 1976 [16mm, 20 min, color, sound]
"Saugus Series", 1974 [16mm, 18.5 min, color, sound]
"Down Wind", 1973 [16mm, 15.50 min, color, sound]
"The Last of the Persimmons", 1972 [16mm, 6 min, color, sound]
"Easy Out", 1971 [16mm, 9 min, color, sound]
"Runs Good", 197o [16mm, 15 min, color, sound]
"Runs Good", 1970 [16mm, 15 min]
"Screen", 1969 [16mm, 4 min, color, silent]
"Sidewinder's Delta", 1967 [16mm, 20 min]
"7362", 1965-67 [16mm, 10 min, color, sound]
"Bump City", 1964 [16mm, 6 min, color, sound]
"By the Sea", 1963 [16mm, 10 min, b&w, silent] - in collaboration with Richard Abel

Bibliography [selected]::

"Nuovo cinema. Pat O'Neill", in Mostra internazionale del nuovo cinema 33, [festival catalog], Pesaro 1997; James, David E. : "An Interview with Pat O'Neill", in Millenium Film Journal, No. 30/31, Fall 1997.

Recommended Links ::

- > general information about O'Neills work

- > An Interview with Pat O'Neill by David E. James
[in MFJ - Millenium Film Journal, No. 30/3, Fall 1997]


Rosemary Comella

Since 1992 Rosemary Comella has worked internationally on numerous digital arts projects ranging from interactive installations and CD-ROMS with various artists to social research projects and children's CD-ROMs. CD-ROM titles she has been instrumental in developing include: "An Anecdoted Archive of the Cold War" by George Legrady, "Slippery Traces" by George Legrady, "Clicking In" by Lynn Hershman, "MUNTADAS: Media Architecture Installations" and "Cosmos, voyage dans l'universe". Comella has also worked in the fine arts arena both as an assistant director at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and as an exhibiting artist in the San Francisco area. She has an undergraduate degree in both English Literature and Art from California State University, Hayward and has done graduate coursework in Clinical Psychology at JFK University in Cupertino, California and graduate coursework in Art/Photography at California State University, San Jose.


Kristy H.A. Kang

Kristy H.A. Kang is a digital media artist and art director/graphic interface designer. As an artist influenced by conceptual art, her work explores ephemeral media in creating a language of personal and cultural memory. She has exhibited her work at Interactive Frictions, Los Angeles [1999]; the European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany [1997], at MILIA: International Multimedia Conference, Cannes, France [1997] and in Japan where she collaborated on a website for the Tokyo Broadcasting System about interpretations of Japanese culture and entertainment. She was co-designer of an interactive game component for TV Dinner Party, a project about the cultural history of television and was the Director of Graphic Design and Animation for Runaways, an experimental CD-ROM game for teens exploring gender and cultural identity. She received a BFA in Fine Arts from UCLA in 1991 and an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from the School of Cinema-Television at USC in 1997.


The Labyrinth Project

The Labyrinth Project is a research initiative on interactive narrative at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California. Under the direction of cultural theorist Marsha Kinder, this initiative works at the pressure point between theory and practice. Kinder has assembled a talented creative team, headed by interface designer Rosemary Comella, art director Kristy H.A. Kang, and associate producer JoAnn Hanley. Since 1997, they have produced interactive documentaries and museum installations in collaboration with independent artists known for their narrative experimentation.

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