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Presented by Other Cinema

October 20: 8:30pm: GRETA SNIDER’s 3-D + L.CAPLAN + A.COPPOLA +

“The second half of our Focus on Locus double-header features two world premieres—exquisite expanded cinema/retinal rivalry pieces by the Mission’s own Greta Snider, plus a timely revival of her epochal 16mm diary Portland, train-hopping with Ivy McClelland and Iggy Scam!

Lana Caplan breaks away from her SLO college gig to unspool a NorCal debut, Patches of Snow in July (Hawaii volcano), as well as her earlier Maelstroms (Mexico border).

In his farewell appearance, long-lost ally Alex Coppola flies in from Philly to not only open the show, but close it as well, with his world-class World Music vinyl selections, set to an absolutely sublime sampler of mid-20C personal travelogues—Glimpses of the Global Southglorious Kodachrome shot in four sites, moving east around the planet—Hong KongTahiti, the Andes, and the Amazon.

As to marginal spaces in the US interior: Brea Weinreb debuts Framing History, a collective S8 remediation of home movies from Japanese internees in the AmacheColorado camp.

PLUS: Matt McCormick’s cautionary America Nutria, on a Southern mammal now munching on Coast rhizomes!”  …

ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st), San Francisco




The Future of History

Boston Cyberarts Gallery
November 10 – December 16, 2018

Reception Friday November 16, 6-8pm

Liz Blum, Lana Z Caplan, Rocio Delaloye, Antony Flackett, Jess Holz, Matt Kushan, Yuko Oda, Nancy Sepe, Zenovia Toloudi

The Future of History is the second in a series of two exhibitions that present works that pair art and technology in a thought provoking and visually engaging manner. Works that address, rather than use, technology on a conceptual level are featured as well. The Future of History features work by nine artists from as far away as Pakistan to local Boston based artists. From video montage saturated with contemporary media, to uncanny landscapes imaged with a scanning electron microscope, to delicate 3D printed butterflies the works in this exhibition leverage art and technology to delve into questions about culture and the environment.

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“For over 30 years now, the OC season has been consummated with an energized evening of radical expression and film form, with many of the artists in person (7!). Spot-lit on this round are Jeremy Rourke’s performance may two thousand and eighteenBryan Boyce’s Fake but TrueTim Johnson’s March of Tim, and David King’s Male Men, all world premieres with makers present. ALSO Greta Snider’s A Small PlaceJulie Murray’s Wind Wire WoundSabine Gruffat’s A Return to the Return to ReasonLana Caplan’s Play and RepeatHaley McCormick’s DancerMark Street’s ZOOM, Montgomery Cantsin’s SmytheAnthony Buchanan’s I, Chris, and the No. American debuts of Michael Fleming’s Never Never Land and Bori Mate’s Silent Spring Seahorse. A Robert Todd short is also included, in memory of this lovely gentleman who has passed from our world. Closing this colossal group show is Alex Cruse and Kevin Lo (Drought Spa), with a new performance A Fume, on fractured pressures in volatility’s mouth. Fruitcake and free pencils!!” Other Cinema

Other Cinema
@ATA Gallery, 922 Valencia, SF, CA






Photographs from the forthcoming exhibition

including photographs, video projection, video monitor, slides and VR installation

September 4-29, 2018

Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA




I look to the white garden of the dunes.

The vast shadow-suckled sand.

Where the colors flash and never issue

But flow through hidden veinage;

I am naked to the sun.

I let the sun print on me as on the dunes.

With great passion of surrender, I have peace.


-Hugo Seeling (Dunite Poet) excerpt from L., published in Wheel of Fire, Round Table Book Co, Oceano, 1936


These are the Dunes of the Chumash, a people nearly erased by the Spanish Missionaries; the Dunes of Cecil B. DeMille’s ancient Egyptian Ten Commandments movie set; the Dunes of the Dunites, the artists, poets, nudists, and mystics living off the grid in the depression era; the Dunes of 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 by grinding the sand into fine airborne particulates.

This too shall pass…


I look to the white garden of the dunes.

The vast shadow-suckled sand.

Where the colors flash and never issue

But flow through hidden veinage;

I am naked to the sun.

I let the sun print on me as on the dunes.

With great passion of surrender, I have peace.


-Hugo Seeling (Dunite Poet) excerpt from L., published in Wheel of Fire, Round Table Book Co, Oceano, 1936



This too shall pass… is a historical and contemporary weaving of the fabric of a place.

These are the Dunes of the Chumash, a people nearly erased by the Spanish Missionaries; the Dunes of Cecil B. DeMille’s ancient Egyptian Ten Commandments movie set; the Dunes of the Dunites, the artists, poets, nudists, and mystics living off the grid in the depression era; the Dunes of 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 by grinding the sand into fine airborne particulates.


Empirical Ideologies
LABOCINE, September 2018 issue

EMPIRICAL IDEOLOGIES September 2018 Issue‘ includes a selection of 30 films that explore activism, policy and politics around scientific and social issues.

Maelstroms available to watch for the month of September as part of the 26th issue of Labocine titled “Empirical Ideologies”.
For free access to the issue use the code: SCINEMA18





Pool Party II

May 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Microscope Gallery Event Series
Brooklyn NY

including Lana Z Caplan’s Patches of Snow in July

w/ works by Yun Chen, Lana Z Caplan, Naval Cassidy, Josh Drake, Meredith Drum, Liliana Farber, Sasha Waters Freyers, Johannes Gierliger, Karissa Hahn, Michael Lyons, Jesse Malmed, Jeremy Moss, Tim Pickerill, Mike Rollo, Margaret Rorison, Rachel Rosheger, Livia Sa’, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, Rebecca Shapass, Barron Sherrer, Amanda R. Wallace, Travis Wood



Accents of Air and Earth
[A selection of works programmed by Mike Rollo]

This Must Be the Wood | Anna Hogg
2016 | 16mm | 8mins

Saari | Ella Mikkola
2016 | HD | sound | colour | 6mins

Laura | Tânia Dinis
2017 | HD | sound | colour | 11mins

Errata | Lana Z Caplan
2017 | HD video | sound | colour | 21mins

Lookout | Kyath Battie
2016 | HD | sound | colour | 12mins

Citizens Against Basswood | Jaimz Asmundson & Karen Asmundson
2013 | Super 8 to HD | sound | colour | 3mins

La Cinémathèque québécoise | Montreal 
10 May 2018 | 20:00

VISIONS is a monthly screening series of experimental and non-fiction film founded by Benjamin R. Taylor in Montreal, Canada.






~ an evening of psychedelic cinema and expanded consciousness to compliment the hallucinatory sights and sounds from the weekend’s Far Out Nashville Music & Art festival.

MAY 10th, 2018
at Jack White’s THIRD MAN RECORDS in the Blue Room
Nashville TN






a one year anniversary of resistance
Jan. 21, 8pm
Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX
presented by Experimental Response Cinema

Including Lana Z Caplan’s Maelstroms

“Following up our pre-inauguration F*CK TR*MP screening of 2017, Experimental Response Cinema presents TR*MP TH*S!, a program marking one year anniversary of the TR*MP presidency. Experimental works in this program respond to a year of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, environmental degradation, corporate greed, Wall Street malfeasance, gun violence, corruption, voter suppression, foreign intervention in elections, defunding health care, human rights, income inequality, BLM… well it’s an endless list, not to mention buffoonery, narcissism, pathology, lies, obsessive twittery…” Experimental Response Cinema

Program information here:

image: Kelly Gallagher





play and repeat, 3:20, HD video, 2014
audio by Max Jeffers


play and repeat is a technological rendering of a cityscape and the experience therein. A sequence of altered still images shot in New York is repeated, each time manipulated and layered over the artifacts of the previous sequence. Images of concrete and pavement are digitally smeared, transmogrifying the architectural structure of the street. Billboards and graffiti become the passage of color and texture through the 2-dimensional space of the screen. play and repeat takes both the city and digital video itself as subject and explores the effect of the addition and removal of the representational image on perception and memory.

The five-part structure is loosely based on the five-part Dog Star Man, in which Stan Brakhage manually manipulated layers of film to create effects like scratching and tinting in a way unique to film. The digital images inplay and repeat, shot on the way to a screening of The Art of Vision (the expanded form ofDog Star Man), are layered and manipulated using software-generated effects unique to video. Composition, color and movement give way to accumulation and eventual disintegration into its own ephemerality.

-SDSU Downtown Gallery, San Diego, July 2017
-AXW Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY, October 2016
-Director’s Choice Prize – Black Maria Film Festival, Touring program, Winter-Summer 2015
-L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, November 2015
-San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, August 2015
-Athenaeum Arts and Music Library, La Jolla, CA, August 2015
-Experiments In Cinema Film Festival V.10, April 2015
-Moving Image, New York, NY, March 2015
-The Parlour, Brooklyn, NY, March 2015
-Antimatter Film Festival [Media Art], Victoria, BC, Canada, October 2014

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Maelstroms (excerpt), 7:30, HD video, 2015

Using animation, heat sensitive camera footage from US border patrol screens, military bombing drone monitors, and other collected footage, Maelstroms is a mediation on the dehumanizing use of image technology to control borders by land, air and sea.

audio Upon Maelstroms of Unbearable Reality by Steerage
on caduc. records

– *Winner of Audience Choice Award* CROSSROADS 2016 (San Francisco, April 2016)
– Anthology Film Archives, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (NY, NY, Feb 2016)
– Microscope Gallery Event Series (Brooklyn, October 2016)
– San Diego Underground Film Festival (San Diego, Nov 2016)
– Havana Film Festival (Havana, Cuba, December 2016)
– Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scotland, March 2017)
– Montreal Underground Film Festival (Montreal, May 2017)
– Chicago Underground Film Festival (Chicago, June 2017)
– Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe, June 2017)
– Sign on / Sign off (Stuttgart and ACRE TV, June 2017)
– SDSU Downtown Gallery (San Diego, July 2017)
– WDNX Festival of Moving Image (Winnipeg, October 2017)
– Twisted Oyster Film Festival (Chicago, October 2017)
– Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (Tucson, AZ, October – December 2017)
– Experimental Response Cinema (Austin, TX, January 2018)
– That One Film Festival (Muncie, IN, April 2018)
– The Vast Lab (Los Angeles, July 2108)
– Empirical Ideologies, Labocine, issue 26 (Online, September 2018)
– Other Cinema (San Francisco, October 2018)


The Loveliest Mountain of China, 3-channel video installation
Total running time of loop in installation: 45 minutes
Total running time of installation documentation: 9 minutes


The Loveliest Mountain of China (2012/14) is a 3-channel video installation that lays bare the bones of the participatory documentary medium, deconstructing narrative film production modalities, and presenting them across a wall space on three screens simultaneously. Comprised of one screen of interviews, one of fixed camera landscape views and one of “B-roll” of tourists posing in front of the mountain, a self-reflexive epi-narrative unfolds between the screens with an awareness of the illusion of ethnographic representation, gaps in translation, and the complexities of the politics of landscape. Ecological change is approached through the voices and perspectives of people who inhabit and visit – the locals and the tourists – the picturesque landscape of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain).

-Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA, February 2014
-Gallery NAGA, Boston, January 2014
-Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, September 2012- March 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson


Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives
curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella

October 7 – December 31, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson

Participating artists: Lana Z Caplan, Saulo Cisneros, Wesley Fawcett Creigh, Miguel Fernández de Castro, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Blane de St. Croix, Francisco Eme, Louis Hock, Khaled Jarrar, Haydeé Jiménez, PANCA, Omar Pimienta, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Diana Shpungin




WDNX Festival of Moving Image

WDNXbannerMaelstroms is screening in
WDNX Festival of Moving Image
October 5-8, 2017

Shorts Program 1: Picture Plane
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7 pm
Winnipeg Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Program description:
Image as author and performer, plunked onto a pedestal as though it were artifact. Examined with care through a microscope, crafted through filters, or sheathed onto a figure – witness the experience of filmmaking, presented in a luminous orchestration of malleable prosceniums.




And the stars look very different today
360°-video virtual reality experience
Duration of experience is variable and individual
And the stars look very different today (2016) is a site-specific 360°-video experience was made for an event curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella at San Diego Art Institute Project Space. This video documents that artwork.

The visitor arrived at an art gallery full of people for a one-night event of expanded cinema: video works were projected on walls, sculptures emitted sounds and images, and performances unfolded. Standing in the middle of the gallery holding the artist-made virtual reality viewer to their eyes all the people and artworks disappear. The video in the viewer situates the visitor in the present and the past simultaneously. In the 360º-video viewer, the visitor experiences the same gallery space around them, yet the gallery is empty, excepting projected images on the walls, as it was a week prior when the footage was recorded.

Multiple projections of planets in a kinetic field of digital stars swirl around the viewer. Covering the empty gallery walls were projections of galaxies, planets, nebulae and blackness from a procedurally generated outer space captured while exploring this fictional environment. In this parallel reality, our long-standing fascination with space travel and colonization has been taken to the next level. The visitor is no longer limited to two-dimensional representations of space, nor to the known universe. Traveling beyond our earth to virtually inhabit a speculatively generated universe, while simultaneously in the past and the present, this work considers the notion of space exploration and colonization as a speculative future.

AXWFF at Anthology Film Archives

video still, In ruins, we rebuild with memories buried in the foundation

Another Experiment by Women Film Festival
Presented by New Filmmakers New York
Anthology Film Archives, NY
August 2, 2017
6:00 pm

MERGED into INFINITY curated by Lili White
pletten; Louise Harris; UK; 5.33
COLOMBES 16_05; Ariane Loze; BRUSSELS; 13.50
MAKE ME A DOORWAY; Jesse Russell Brooks; USA; 3.36
TRIPTIC EXIT to; Rrose Present; SPAIN; 3.31

If you can’t be in NY, STREAM this Show!
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Other AXWFF online programs featuring Lana Z Caplan’s films:
Crystal Umbrellas
Political Restings




HedonHeathen 2, HD video from 16mm film, 2:20, 2013
Audio by Max Jeffers

From the snow swept landscape, into pink crystals, a journey from the hibernation of winter to a thawing arctic, where polar bears are struggling to raise their young atop diminishing ice.

Best viewed with headphones.

Selected Screenings:
– Far Out Film Festival @ Third Man Records, Nashville TN, 2018
– Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco, 2014
– Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, BC, 2013
– Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013
– Woodshed IV, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA, 2013

Downtown at Sundown with Lana Z Caplan

video still Errata, 2017

Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery
July 20, 2017


Lana Z Caplan will be presenting a solo screening of Errata, a brand new work, at timed screenings throughout the evening. Also on view in the gallery, Maelstroms and play and repeat.
Curated by Chantel Paul.

Screenings at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30
Running time 20 mins

Downtown at Sundown is presented by Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and SDSU Gallery.



Sign on / Sign off


Sign on / Sign off
June 30, 2017

Sign on / Sign off is a live streaming event of artist made “television” taking place at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany on June 30, 2017 and on The 24 hour “television network” will combine live performance, with remote broadcast and pre-recorded moving image content. Sign on / Sign off will re-interpret the images of our collective identities through the lens of conventional media, using the structures of a full commercial broadcasting day as a platform for creative production and exchange.

The event will stream live from sunrise (5:22 am) on June 30 to (5:22 am) on July 1 (Central European Time). Sign on / Sign off is made possible by the Merz Akademie and with support from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Including Lana Z Caplan’s Maelstroms




Patches of Snow in July, 8:19, 2018

Mythology and religious fanaticism, climate deniers and environmental profiteers, natural disasters and the end of radio, all reflected in the mirror of a morphing landscape, poised for new devastation.

Selected Screenings:
– That One Film Festival (Muncie, IN, April 2018)
– Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scotland, May 2018)
– Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn, May 2018)
– The Vast Lab (Los Angeles, May 2018)
– Chicago Underground Film Festival (June 2018)
– OpenEyes FIlmFest (Marburg, Germany, July 2018)
– San Diego Underground Film Festival (August 2018)
– Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (October 2018)
– Antimatter [Media Art] Festival (Victoria, BC, October 2018)
– Other Cinema (San Francisco, CA, October 2018)
– Kassel DokFest (Kassel, Germany, November 2018)

100 Hours in the Woodshed VI



100 Hours in the Woodshed VI
June 22 – 26, 2017

5-day biannual collage marathon and exhibition
hosted by MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street, North Adams, MA