New Ages: Screening and Launch of Incite: Experimental Media #3, March 7, 2012


New Ages: Video Screening and Launch of Incite Journal of Experimental Media #3

Featuring work by: Jaimz Asmundson, Jacob Ciocci, Clint Enns, Eliza Koch, Jesse McLean, Shana Moulton, Lillian Schwartz, and Leslie Supnet

Curated by Brett Kashmere

Wedneday, March 7, 2012 @ 8PM
Counterpath (613 22nd Street, Denver)


This is a new age (for New Age-ism).  Although it may be in vogue now, New Age subculture was once the subject of widespread ridicule and scorn. Combining quasi-religious mysticism with self-help philosophy and environmental concern, the New Age movement gained mainstream awareness during the height of self-absorbed Reaganomics and the rise of corporate power (i.e. “Greed is good.”).  This duality—of alternative spirituality based in holistic health, environmentalism, meditation, and simple living, and its pop commercialization (i.e. whale music CDs sold in strip malls)—produced a values-based sociopolitical phenomenon that was hard to take seriously.  So how do we account for the current fascination with New Age concepts and aesthetics among many of today’s emergent media practitioners?  As ironic appropriation?  As a desire to reconnect with non-Western medicine, environmental causes, organic farming, etc?  As ’80s-era nostalgia?  The Web 2.0, via services such as YouTube, has made it possible to instantly re-experience the media memories of our recent past or stoke a younger generation’s enchantment with a past not their own.  In an era marked by both religious and political fervor and cynicism, it’s hard not to see the positive in reclaiming an inclusive, optimistic, if naive, spiritual movement.


Founded in 2008, INCITE is dedicated to the discourse, culture, and community of experimental film, video, and new media. Merging print and online platforms, this hybrid journal addresses the lack of critical attention afforded film and media artists working today. In addition to scholarly articles, INCITE publishes aesthetic statements, manifestos, artist projects, multiples, archival documents, interviews, reviews, and hastily drawn plans. Stationed at the cross-flow of research, scholarship, and creation, we encourage personal writing, critical poetics, and radical approaches to film and media.

Screening Line-up

1) Please – Eliza Koch, 2010, 35mm transparencies transferred to video, variable duration loop

2) Galaxies – Lillian Schwartz, 1974 (preserved 2011), 16mm film transferred to video, 4:00 minutes

3) Whispering Pines 4 – Shana Moulton, 2007, video, 10:53 minutes

4) Self Improvement – Clint Enns, 2010, video, 2:43 minutes

5) Silver SurfersJacob Ciocci, 2011, HD video, 13:16 minutes

6) sun moon stars rain – Leslie Supnet, 2009, Super 8 film transferred to video, 3:20 minutes

7) The Magus – Jaimz Asmundson, 2011, HD video, 12:00 minutes

8) Magic for Beginners – Jesse McLean, 2010, video, 20:29 minutes

9) UFO’s  [3-D] – Lillian Schwartz, 1971 (preserved 2011), 16mm film transferred to video, 3:02 minutes

Approximate Running Time: 70 minutes