From the Editor

Man with Movie Camera, Vertov.

Experimental cinema exists in a state of perpetual flux. Blinkered, enmeshed, impacted, influenced, invented, inspired, invigorated, spindled and mutilated by the historical machinations of capitalist spectacle, still the experimental cinema thrives on, to be found in self-made cracks and crannies; in the minute and magnificent; a brilliant flicker in the darkest eye.

Issue #29: KINO-EYE began with a theme of ‘cinema and surveillance’ and took as its premise the realms of possibility to be found in our aerial, aug-mediated, coded, hybrid, locative, mobile, and nomadic realité of NOW. We then commenced a deeper probe (with our micro-intelligence) of the contra-positioning of sur- and sous-veillant experimental works. It is in this tactical context that OtherZine’s editorial team is very pleased to include, as featured writer, our longtime colleague, filmmaker extraordinaire (8 Bits or Less, Private Life of a Drone), curator/writer/media artist and Yes Men animator Patrick Lichty with his remarks on contemporary dronology, ‘veillance’ and pervasive seeing. Lichty has just moved overseas to teach in the United Arab Emirates and we wish him the very best of luck!

OtherZine is also very pleased to highlight Canadian-based artists Matt Soar and Jackie Gallant  on our front page with their fantastic interactive media artwork about memory and obsolete technical protocols – the design of leaders – for material filmmaking, entitled Lost Leaders #14. Try exploring all the clickable sections and buttons once its rolling!

And a big, big “Thank You”  to the other great contributors for their ongoing collective pursuit of critical, meaningful cinema, visual art, and filmmaking. Videographer Anna Spence reviews The Cinematic, curator Adrianne Finelli explores women making films about place, Caroline Koebel gives insights on The Yes Men, local hero and digiratus David Cox brings us exciting developments in VR, unstoppable Gerry Fialka spins on Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Look of Silence, Huckleberry Lain shows us projection art from Tokyo public space, Kevin Obsatz‘s tells of ingenious escape from MacroCinema, the one-and-only Mike Mosher visits Ann Arbor Film Festival again!, and, finally, last, but surely not least, filmmaker Stephen Broomer shares a unique artist’s project of personal film philosophy!

OtherZine Issue #29: ‘KINO-EYE’ is out now!

Molly Hankwitz, Editor, San Francisco, 2015.


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