The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced details of the upcoming Scanners: The New York Video Festival, slated for July 26 - 30, and taking place conjunction with the Lincoln Center Festival 2006. This year's Scanners will take place in honor of Nam June Paik, a godfather of the medium who died in January. The 15th edition of the popular New York festival will include shorts, features, and interactive programs from around the world.
"While the world of video art is left poorer without him, virtually everyone in this exploding field has been touched by his genius, and the Film Society is excited to introduce the work of his artistic heirs," commented Marian Masone, chief curator of Scanners about this year's dedication to Paik in a statement.
Among this year's highlights is a program entitled, "Magic Bus," described as "a selection of disparate but complementary shorts" as well as a work-in-progress sneak preview of "Spectropia" by director Toni Dove and software wizard Luke DuBois, which melds gaming technology with interactive theater techniques. Animation will also be a part of various Scanner programs, including "Alternative Anime Strikes Back" and a look at Academy Award-winner John Canemaker ("Life"). New York Press critic Armond White's annual report on the state of music-video art will again return with a look at hip-hop veteran Hype Williams whose career includes collaborations with Missy Elliot, Babyface, R. Kelly, and Busta Rhymes.
On Saturday, July 29, the festival will host "The World According to Charles Atlas," a program on the video artist who pushes the boundaries of electronic art. The event includes the 1986 "Hail the New Puritan" piece in which Mark E. Smith and The Fall appear onscreen and provide the music for choreography by Michael Clark. Atlas will later perform live on the Walter Reade Theater stage, accompanied by his guitar and laptop partner in crime, Chris Peck in a piece entitled, "The Intensity Police Are Working My Last Gay Nerve."
"Marching to a Different Toon," taking place the next day spotlights the work of internationally renowned and award-winning animator John Canemaker, whose "The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation" won an Academy Award earlier this year. The film explores the difficult terrain of father-son relationships as seen through Canemaker's own turbulent relationship with his father. "The 4th Screen: Please Turn On Your Cell Phones," meanwhile, is a collection of moving images made specifically by and for the cell phone. Hosting the program is Tamas Banovich, an artist, curator, and co-director of Postmasters Gallery who conceived The 4th Screen, a global festival of art and innovation for mobile phones.
[For more information and a full list of Scanners programs, visit the Lincoln Center website.]