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Mexico City, Winter 2020-21

Including Autopoiesis
Streaming online and showing in cultural venues across Mexico City

Online: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (CDMX time)

Program: Hologram Film projection # 7 / Program: Hologram
Stream: Facebook live
Filmmakers Program: Hologram
1. Federica Foglia-04/19/1968 (Italy)
2. Philippos Kappa – C wraps 9 (Greece)
3. Juana Robles – And a porcelain cat (Ireland)
4. Federica Leaf – Toad, Leaf, Grass, Rock (Italy)
5. Ildefonso Mercadillo – UP (Mexico)
6. Johannes Binotto – Prohibited Reproduction (Suiza)
8. Antonio Arango Vazquez – Untitled, Subtitled (Mexico)
9. Lana Z Caplan – Autopoiesis (USA)
10. Maxim Tatarintsev / +- (Russia)




November 9-22, 2020

Including Autopoiesis – Saturday November 14 at 9pm
Shorts Program 5 – Virtual Screening
live Q&A after screening

Now approaching its twenty-seventh year, CUFF is officially the LONGEST RUNNING UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD. The fest is an internationally recognized program that screens documentary, experimental, avant-garde and cult cinema, and showcases films that explore new approaches to established practices.


CutLog Moving Image Artists Screening

Online program curated from Scotland

November 2 – 23, 2020

‘Collected Dispersal’ Rosemary Taylor | ‘Patches of Snow in July’ Lana Z Caplan | ‘ Residual Minority’ Mieke Vanmechele | ‘Boy and the Sea’ Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian | ‘Ruru’ Denise Batchelor | ‘ Emotion Over Raisin’ Ruth Waters | ‘Frozen’ Adonia Bouchehri | ‘The Hearing of the Eye’ Alessia Cecchet | ‘River Ghosts’ Jonathan Johnson | ‘Passage’ Richard Ashrowan




August 1-31, 2020
Online and Offline

Area Code Drive In Digital Showcase
Friday August 14, 8:30-10pm
Salem State’s O’Keefe Sports Complex

Including Lana Z Caplan’s film play and repeat.

Juried by Leonie Bradbury and presented in partnership with LuminArtz, works in the Video and Digital-Art section of the fair will be screened for drive-in viewing events.


NEW MEDIA FEST 2020 – July

IAM – Institut für Alles Mögliche Berlin – 09 July – 23 August 2020

Program 7 – Switching the Change
Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Screening with Program 1 each Sunday, July 9-August 23, 14h-20h

Uri Kloss (Israel) – Word, 2017, 1:29
Fran Orallo (Spain) – Death Dance, 2017, 1:00
James Murphy (Ireland) – Moving Water, 2019, 1:59
Zlatko Cosic (Bosnia) – Even The Birds Know It, 2017, 2:55
Alan Sondhein (USA) – American Life, 2018, 6:03
Dmitry Kmelnitsky (USA) – URTH LING, 2019, 3:43
Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) – Pillard of Cloud, 2016, 4:00
Oleg Kharch (Ukraine) – Fakemet, 2019, 3:46
Lana Z Caplan (USA) – Canaries in the Mine, 2015, 8:19
Kristina Frank /Mervi Kekarainen (Sweden) – 2Rabbits in Purgatorio, 2019, 05:11
Arie Sigal & Ben-David Sigal (Israel) – Perlite, 2018, 4:17
Marcha Schagen (NL) – Melt Less CO2, 2019, 3:48
Adrien Gaumé (France) – Dry by innocence, 2018, 4’53”
Kate Walker (USA) – Cloudship, 2018, 14:33
Xia Han (China) – The Gift, 2019, 14: 23
Michael Carmody & Elissa Goodrich (Australia) – Common Time, 2018, 12:23
Boris Marinin (Israel) – Greenhouse, 2019, 3:19
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Today, 2019, 5:00
Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Sunrise, 2019, 5: 46
Gabriele Stellbaum (Germany) – Shame, 2019, 1:11




Featuring Maelstroms
Now streaming:

About Unequal States
Stories of the continued struggle against oppression through movements, resistance, and solidarity are often documented and presented in many forms as acts of resistance themselves. In these stories, the notion of “inequality” draws together different worlds, cultures, and dimensions/scales (micro/macro). From animations to documentaries, these films shed light on the pervasiveness of this inequality on all fronts by exploring social, scientific, and political perspectives in our fight against racism, injustice, and inequality.


Fine Art Photography Daily

June 11, 2020

The photographic series Postcards from the Hanging: Sites of Public Execution was featured on the prominent Fine Art Photography Daily website

“Trauma and horrific histories are held in landscapes in every corner of the globe. For the past twenty years photographer, filmmaker, and educator Lana Z Caplan has been documenting sites of public killings in her project, Postcards from the Hanging: Sites of Public ExecutionShe shares some stunning statistics in her statement, “The United States is one of only 20 countries in the world that continues to employ state sanctioned killing. In 2019 we ranked 6th in the world in the number of executions following (in order) China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt (execution totals not known for Vietnam, North Korea, and Syria).”  Her thoughtful examination of why our country continues to allow the death penalty adds another layer to its history of pain and suffering.”




Cutlog SSA Video Selection: June 2020

Cutlog SSA Video Selection: June 2020

June 8 – 28, 2020
After the success of our recent collaboration with the Society of Scottish Artists at the Open SSA + VAS exhibition earlier this year, CutLog are delighted to offer our online audiences the opportunity to view a selection of these works through our upcoming online screening program.
Including Maelstroms by Lana Z Caplan.


playlist of online experimental films & videos

Cabin Fever Playlist as of April25-340pm

Including links to full length versions of 2 films:

20:40 min, 2017 (Meditative and Calming playlist)
Sound by Alan F. Jones and Lana Z Caplan
Rhythms of the mundane become a meditation on leisure, work, and time. As the visual cycle repeats – passengers load, unload, reload, boats arrive, depart, arrive – the reading of the Italian ferryboat schedule – town names, times, and departures – morphs from announcement to chant, boats transform, deconstruct, and twist into a mindscape, rendering the unseen, the errata, seen.

3:30, 2007 (Animals playlist)
Footage from the 1933 film “The Big Cage” stripped of sound and re-edited onto clear leader followed by the removed optical soundtrack, also affixed to clear leader. Each strip of sound acts as a character, mimicking the actions in the film.

Cabin Fever Playlist featured on:

Museum of Modern Art



Experimental Response Cinema @ Museum of Human Achievement



Thursday, January 30, 2019, 7:30pm
Museum of Human Achievement (916 Springdale)
Austin, Texas

including #YouAreASystem, aka Autopoiesis

Experimental Response Cinema presents OVER AND OUT, its third celebration of resistance to the policies of United States president #45! Cathartic as well as a call to action, this screening of short films will address the current political landscape in ways both playful and incisive. With it, we affirm creativity as a vital and needed clapback to lies, greed, bigotry and ignorance.

You’ll laugh

you’ll cry

you’ll vote him OUT November 3rd…


Image: KNEE JERK, Kerry Laitala and students in her Advanced Processing Workshop at the San Francisco Art Institute





Space Time is happy to present an evening of contemporary, experimental Science Fiction videos.
Screening of works by James Fotopoulos, Lana Z Caplan, and Michael Trigilio  

January 17th, 2020
at Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
Doors: 7:30pm, Screening: 8pm

DignityJames Fotopoulos, (2012, 82 min.)
AutopoiesisLana Z Caplan, (2019, 7:20 min.)
Glimmer Exodus OvertureMichael Trigilio, (2019, 12:31 min.)

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January 16-19, 2020

Including Lana Z Caplan’s Autopoiesis in the special program “Digital Detox”.
Friday 17th of January 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

“For over 30 years, the Festival has been devoted to crossing the border between cinema and media art with an adventurous international programme comprising films, workshops, Expanded Media exhibition and performances for people of all ages. The Festival’s core are the international competitions for short film, Media in Space and Network Culture – flanked by a comprehensive programme. This year’s thematic focus is “Absence”. The Festival edition is located at the interface between a media-dominated society in all its facets and all of the things falling through or getting blurred by the grid of such a society: what is not said or depicted, the things pushed aside or rejected. We are longing for absence and its traces. Like a test strip, our Festival delves into the big house of absence – placing it at the macro focus.”

see program here




Society of Scottish Artists / CutLog
Artists Moving Image Exhibition

December 22nd and February 5th 2020
Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh

Including Lana Z Caplan’s Maelstroms and Patches of Snow in July

OPEN SSA+VAS, is presented in partnership with Visual Arts Scotland and will be the largest exhibition of contemporary art and craft to be held in Scotland this year giving an audience of over 30,000 people the opportunity to discover and enjoy artworks across all mediums.



New Media Fest 2020

New Museum of Networked Art & The Wake Up! Memorial
Launching 25 December 2019
curated by Agricola de Cologne, artvideoKOELN

Lana Z Caplan’s Canaries in the Mine is included in the collection “Wake-up – Climate Change!”, part of The Wake up! Memorial project. 

“NewMediaFest 2020 – an event structure to take place in an exchange between virtual and physical space – starting on 25 December 2019 in Ethiopia – running until 31 December 2020 – will honour and include all artists, curators and other cultural instances like festivals, museum , galleries etc which were collaborating with Agricola de Cologne during the past 20 years since 2000 – in the basic program online – there will be at least 12 physical venues- each month another one in another country presenting an individual Jubilee program – to be complemented by monthly features online in video, netart and soundart.”

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Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome

Fri., Dec. 6, 2019
at the Small World Music Centre
180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON


Lost and Found in Late Capitalism, Curatorial Statement:
In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. As profit overtakes happiness as the endeavour of humanity and austerity becomes the way of the land, the citizens of the modern nation have no choice but to go with the pack or get trampled in the process. Of course, since it was left to fester for so long, capitalism has reached its inevitable zenith, reaching that time that we have been warned about for decades, the age of late capitalism. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. No longer will people fight for their own rights, because their rights have been established as unrealistic, their fighting as criminal. Late capitalism is the current state of affairs. It cannot be stopped, unless people wake up to it, become aware of it. Perhaps the response from the art world could help that occur.

That is the idealistic background for Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism, a response to this stage of late capitalism by using its own products. While capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric, this program will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.


Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.
Mad as Hell, Emily Pelstring (Kingston, ON, CND) and Meg Remy (Toronto, ON, CND), 2017.
Gone Sale, Matt Meindl (USA), 2018.
Public Domain, Jason Britski (SK,CND), 2018.
A Feverish Fascination, Imogen Clendinning, (Windsor, ON, CND), 2018.
Music of Desire, Kristin Reeves (KY, USA), 2016.
Painting with the Man, Freya Björg Olafson (Toronto, ON, CND), 2017.
What is an Object, Stephanie Deumer (NY, USA) 2015.
Maelstroms, Lana Z Caplan (CA, USA), 2015.
Flat Pyramid, Kevin Doherty (NY, USA), 2017.

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism




MANIFEST DISMANTLING @Boston Cyberarts Gallery

including Lana Z Caplan’s Patches of Snow in July and Maelstroms
program details here

Boston Cyberarts
150 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA


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Optronica2 at OTHER CINEMA

OPTRON2 at Other Cinema

curated by the magical Craig Baldwin

Other Cinema
@ ATA Gallery
992 Valencia St, San Francisco
November 2, 2019



Live A-V luv-fest fer sure, with distinctive, daring demonstrations of creative expression from four of Cali’s leading media-artists! Prodigal son Scott Stark proffers a para-cinema set featuring the premiere of CLYPPS and his in-house 35mm scope projector, while twinkling SLO satellite Lana Z Caplan orbits back with the NorCal launch of her 35mm piece Apollonian Light and her Autopoiesis short. SF stalwart Tommy Becker sets up screen-left with the debut of his Side Two of Tape Number One–music and poetry exploring our entangled relations with auto-mobile machinesAND here’s the unveiling of The Cube by ex-Austinite Bill Baird–musical performance-art inside a projection-mapped tent! PLUS a sprinkling of cine/sonic tricks by Ryan WorsleyBruce HaackBrett Ingramet al. Dizzying documentation of Brown/Gruffat’s Unsettling Texas filmperformance follows Russ Forster‘s theremin busking

“Other Cinema is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in San Francisco’s Mission District. We are inspired and sustained by the ongoing practice of fine-art filmmaking, as well as engaged essay and documentary forms. But OC also embraces marginalized genres like “orphan” industrial films, home movies, ethnography, and exploitation, as media-archeological core-samples, and blows against consensus reality and the sterility of museum culture.”



A Salon with Lana Z Caplan
Friday, November 1st, 2019 // 7:30 PM (doors 7:00 PM)

We are delighted to welcome multimedia artist Lana Z Caplan to present a Canyon Cinema Salon screening at 16 Sherman Street in San Francisco. Caplan has curated a program that elegantly weaves films from Canyon’s deep catalog along with her poignant and visually rich work.

“Chosen from subconscious memories and deep influences, the films in this program relate to the ideas and approaches that I have been wrestling with in my own work: harmony and disharmony with the rhythms and gifts of earth — persuasive and abusive use of media — ritual, ceremony, mysticism — and the fleeting preciousness of it all. ”  – Lana Z Caplan

As always, this event is free and open to the public, with refreshments served beginning at 7:00 and the doors closed for the start of the show at 7:30. An informal conversation with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

Program includes:

Kalendar by Naomi Uman (2008, 12 min, 16mm)

A Depression in the Bay of Bengal by Mark Lapore (1996, 28 min, 16mm)

My Name is Oona by Gunvor Nelson (1969, 10 min, 16mm)

HedonHeathen 1 by Lana Z Caplan (2013, 2 min, HD)

Aspect by Emily Richardson (2004, 9 min, 16mm)

Patches of Snow in July by Lana Z Caplan (2017, 8 min, HD)

16 Sherman Street, SF, CA
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October 23, 6-9pm
Reeves Theater
University of Tampa

At the intersection of art and technology the artists selected for CONNECT 2019 are experimenting with space, time, form and sound while re-examining the way we communicate ideas and tell stories.  

The eighteen artists represent thirteen countries and a variety of styles and processes. The results range from sensual abstraction to the strange visual effects of computer coding.  

The work addresses personal, social and political issues relevant to our times.  

Our common thread is an interest in expanding the concepts of art/film/technology and exploring the medium itself. We initially connected via Internet – Facebook / YouTube / Vimeo.

Most of us have never met in person but we have established a strong camaraderie through shared screenings around the world and/or our common love of the moving image. 

Dee Hood, Curator, CONNECT 2019




AXW Film Festival


curated by Lili White

Anthology Film Archives
2nd and 2nd, NYC
July 17, 2019. 6:00 PM

with works by Lana Z Caplan, Evelin Stermitz, Giselle Chien, Meredith Moore, Sarah Harbridge, Caryn Cline & Linda Fenstermaker, Morrison Gong, Lisa Danker, Karissa Hahn, Maureen Zent

including Autopoiesis  (still above) – US Premiere!




Consciousness of Changing Climate
Environmental Film Screening

Tuesday, July 16th at Böttgerstraße 13, Berlin

Artists Without a Cause invites you to join us for our film screening “Consciousness of Changing Climate”! Featured films surround the topic of climate change and human relationships with this issue. This screening aims to explore, familiarize, and bring awareness to the environments around us. Along with this, AWAC and featured artists hope to show both abstract and direct examples of how climate change is effecting humans and other ecological functions.

– “Oro Blanco” by Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
– “Questions for a Dinosaur” by Rachel Garber Cole
– “Panorama Panik Botanik” by Vera Sebert
– “Techno Inferno” by Farhanaz Rupaidha
– “Patches of Snow in July” by Lana Z Caplan
– “Totem” by Alex MacKenzie

video still from Patches of Snow in July

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After Weston
After Weston
Black Rider
Black Rider
Chumash Basket at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Chumash Basket at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Hillside Tattoos
Hillside Tattoos
Training Wheels
Training Wheels
Chumash Arrowheads at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Chumash Arrowheads at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
American Family 2
American Family 2
Chumash Necklaces (in hand) at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Chumash Necklaces (in hand) at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Sphinx Torso at the Dunes Center, Guadalupe, CA
Sphinx Torso at the Dunes Center, Guadalupe, CA
American Family 3
American Family 3
Aerial Campers
Aerial Campers
Camper with Boards
Camper with Boards
Teenager 1
Teenager 1
For Sale
For Sale
Chumash Elder Joe Talugon at the Guadalupe Cultural Center, Guadalupe, CA
Chumash Elder Joe Talugon at the Guadalupe Cultural Center, Guadalupe, CA
Solar One-Wheel
Solar One-Wheel
Three Motorcycles
Three Motorcycles
Kids with Dune Buggy
Kids with Dune Buggy
Dust Circles
Dust Circles
Placard at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Placard at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
General Store
General Store
Chumash Necklaces at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Chumash Necklaces at the Mission Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA
Placard at Gavin's Cabin, Oceano Depot, Oceano, CA
Placard at Gavin's Cabin, Oceano Depot, Oceano, CA
After Adams
After Adams
Forth Issue of Dune Forum, 1933
Forth Issue of Dune Forum, 1933
Dunite Historian and Author Norm Hammond in front of last remaining Dunite cabin, Oceano, CA
Dunite Historian and Author Norm Hammond in front of last remaining Dunite cabin, Oceano, CA
Aerial Crawlers
Aerial Crawlers
Sphinx Head at the Dunes Center, Guadalupe, CA
Sphinx Head at the Dunes Center, Guadalupe, CA
Red Sweater
Red Sweater


Shed on Passive Sands
Photographs, Archival Pigment Prints, 24″x32″, 2018


Shed on Passive Sands (2018), is a weave of historical threads that creates a fabric of the place. These histories, spanning over 12,000 years, are comprised of the Dunes of the Chumash, a people nearly erased by the Spanish Missionaries; the Dunes of Cecil B. DeMille’s ancient Egyptian The Ten Commandments movie set; the Dunes of the Dunites, the artists, poets, nudists, and mystics living in the Dunes during the depression era; the Dunes of photographers Edward Weston and Ansel Adams’ sensual perfection; and the Dunes of the current day Dunites – the ATV riders who tear through the endangered plant species and pollute the air.

The seemingly empty expanse of sand of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes has been a fertile tabula rasa for each successive cultural engagement. Today it has become a political and environmental battleground. The 18-mile coastal Dunes complex north of Santa Barbara, CA allows driving cars and off-road vehicles on the beach and the Dunes in the approximately 5-mile area owned by State Parks. The current 8-year war is between the multi-million dollar ATV industry and those residents in the adjacent communities whose health has been compromised due to the dust the ATVs create.

While the white dunes often appear as a blank, shifting landscape, through media and image, this project aims to pull up a history from beneath the surface to populate the Dune site with a more profound sense of place and meaning. This specific place is also representative of the larger current climate in the United States, the clashing of environmental conservation and public health with economic interest, and a document of the impact of the social landscape on yet another unique physical landscape and population of indigenous people.


Recent exhibitions including images from this series:
Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA
Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA
University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA


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