Joseph Bernard

Posting #22

Posted on December 22, 2018

 IMPERFECTIONS - an interview

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Early in October 2018, I received a request from a highly regarded, former student of mine, Scott Northrup, now teaching video classes in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies. He asked if a crew of his students could interview me as fulfillment for a short documentary assignment. I agreed and mid-month, met the five young filmmakers, each with a specific responsibility, at my home studio.  [Irish Jurvis; director, Jed Kogler; cinematography & edit, Maria Leenders; lighting, James Pyrce; sound recording, and Matt Pfeffer; interviewer]. Each also had to produce an edited personal version from all the gathered material, but only one would be judged best. This added a competitive real-world edge.

I was given permission to share the winning video, IMPERFECTIONS, by Jed Kogler, (one of his many accomplished works available on Vimeo, under the name, ‘Darxinema’). This brief, 3 1/2 minute portrait/interview compliments my own films through its rhythmic fluidity and compressed relationship - - and that is very much appreciated. It can be viewed by clicking here. Thank you Jed and crew! 

 

Posting #21

Posted on September 13, 2018

Two series of films — Endearments and Intrigues receive Iberian audience

My fifth screening in Spain (September 25, 2018) will be a double program of 12 films. The idea of paired projections (Cineinfinito #67 & #68) was conceived by Filmoteca’s director, Felix Garcia, and will be shown at Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa in the center of Barcelona.

The following layout of text and images was originally produced on Mr. Garcia’s website, Cineinfinito, and later republished by Marco Ortega on his site, Experimental Cinema. I’m sincerely grateful for the continuing support of these distant friends.

 

Cineinfinito #67: Joseph Bernard (II)

CINEINFINITO / Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Martes 25 de Septiembre de 2018, 21:30h. Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Carrer de Béjar, 53

08014 Barcelona

 

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Programa: (películas seleccionadas por el propio autor)

Endearments:

Icon (1978) Super 8 / sil / 5:32

Fugue (1981) Super 8 / sil / 2:25

Semblance: Frampton Brakhage Relation (1981) Super 8 / sil / 5:21

The Detroit Films (Reel #3) (1985) Super 8 / sil / 4:13

Common Air (1984) Super 8 / sil / 12:27

 

Formato de proyección: HD 2K (Transfers digitales supervisados por el autor)

(Agradecimiento especial a Joseph Bernard)

El artista visual Joseph Bernard nació en Port Chester (Nueva York), y se formó en las Escuelas de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Hartford y del Art Institute de Chicago, donde estudió con el cineasta independiente Stan Brakhage.

Bernard ha dado clases de bellas artes durante 35 años, con el puesto de Profesor emérito, en el College for Creative Studies de Detroit. La sensibilidad hacia el collage experimental es evidente en sus pinturas, películas y fotografías. Entre sus influencias se encuentran la poesía y la música contemporáneas, junto con sus viajes a Provincetown, sur de California, Austin, Nashville y otros lugares.

Sus películas se han proyectado en el Funnel Theatre de Toronto, Institute of Arts de Dretoit, Chicago Filmakers, Universidad de Rutgers, Cinematheque de San Francisco, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Indiana University Cinema, Third Man Records tanto en Nashville como e Detroit y en el MOMA de Nueva York, etc.

Un proyecto en marcha es la restauración y archivo de las más de 100 películas mudas en Super 8 y fotografías que hizo entre mediados de los 70 y mediados de los 80. Joseph Bernard vive con su mujer, Maria Luisa Belmonte, en Troy, Michigan.

Visual artist, Joseph Bernard was born in Port Chester, NY, educated at the University of Hartford Art School and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with independent filmmaker, Stan Brakhage.

For 35 years, Professor Emeritus, Bernard taught fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Experimental collage sensibilites are evident in his paintings, films and photographs. Contemporary poetry and music remain as influences. His work is informed by travels to Provincetown, Southern California, Austin, Nashville and other locales.

His films have been exhibited at Toronto’s Funnel Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago Filmmakers, Rutgers University, San Francisco Cinematheque, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Dartmouth College, Indiana University Cinema, Third Man Records in both Nashville & Detroit and NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, among others.

An ongoing project is the restoration and archiving of his over 100 Super-8 silent films and prints made between the mid-1970’s to mid-80’s. Joseph Bernard and wife, Maria Luisa Belmonte, live in Troy, Michigan. 

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“Con una mezcla de intuición y amor ciego por el color y la luz empezó una década en la que estuve sumergido obsesivamente en la producción de más de 100 películas mudas caseras en Super 8… No son películas basadas en un guion o en obras de teatro, no cuentan historias y, de hecho, carecen (excepto una) deliberadamente de sonido… son solo algo pura y enfáticamente visual … el movimiento de la luz y el color.” – Joseph Bernard

“Combining intuition with a blind love of color and light, I began a decade obsessively immersed in producing over 100 short, silent, super-8 home movies…These films are not based on the page or the theatre, they don’t tell a story and, in fact, are (all but one) intentionally without sound… just something purely, emphatically visual… the movement of light and color.” – Joseph Bernard

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Icon (Icono, 1978)

Además de múltiples tomas de encuadre único, ICON, una película temprana, me permitió la utilización abstracta de letras troqueladas, y la idea de llevar al cine mi sensibilidad y herramientas de pintor. Super 8, muda, experimental.

Beyond much single frame shooting, ICON, an early film, allowed for the use of cropped stencil letters as abstractions and the idea of bringing my painting sensibility and tools to film. Super 8, silent, experimental.

 

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Fugue (Fuga, 1981)

Bach implícito; reflejos registrados sin montaje, ligeros, aéreos, un poco desenfocados, desde la ventanilla trasera de un coche que vuelve de la playa en un día perfecto de verano. Super 8, muda, no narrativa.

Bach implied; splice-free, light, airy, soft-focus reflections out the back window of a car returning from the beach on a perfect summer’s day. Super 8, silent, non-narritive.

 

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Semblance: Frampton Brakhage Relation (Semblanza: la relación de Frampton y Brakhage, 1981)

Una analogía simplista de obvias disparidades entre estos dos grandes maestros, confeccionada en la playa de Provincetown. Sin faltas de respeto, con el espíritu de un koan.

A simplistic analogy of obvious disparities between these two masters, concocted on the beach in Provincetown. No disrespect, just koaning around.

  

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The Detroit Films (Reel #3) (Las películas de Detroit- Rollo 3, 1985)

Una “esencia del lugar” algo desenfocada y por tanto muy silenciosa, rodada en Provincetown (CapeCod/ Massachusetts), como para ser recordada más tarde en Detroit.

A soft focus and so very silent “essence of place”, shot in Provincetown (CapeCod/ Massachusetts) so as to be later remembered in Detroit.

 

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Common Air (Aire común, 1984)

Esta empezó con la idea de encerrar la “nada” en una película, tal vez solo pasajes indescriptibles, evanescentes. Pero parecía como si para afianzar esto tuviera que partir de lo contrario –imágenes de cosas, de las cosas que me rodean. Se transformó en una película sobre la casa, un drama sin historia que parece ahora suspendido en el tiempo, un fragmento de memoria/vida dispersa. Aprecio mucho su profundo sentimiento por los restos del pasado.

This began with the idea of committing ‘nothing’ to film, maybe just unnamable, vaporous passages. But to establish that, it seemed I’d have to counter with the opposite – – images of things and those around me. It grew into a movie of the home, a story-less drama that now feels suspended in time, a piece of memory/ life dispersed. I think much of its deep affection for the past remains.

 

 

Cineinfinito #68: Joseph Bernard (III)

CINEINFINITO / Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Martes 25 de Septiembre de 2018, 21:30h. Zumzeig Cine Cooperativa

Carrer de Béjar, 53

08014 Barcelona

 

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Programa:

Intrigues Series:

Intrigues (I) (1981 ) Super 8 / sil / 3:44

Intrigues (II) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 4:25

Intrigues (III) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 5:47

Intrigues (IV) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 2:03

Intrigues (V) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 2:53

Intrigues (VI) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 4:21

Intrigues (VII) (1981) Super 8 / sil / 12:22

 

Formato de proyección: HD 2K (Transfers digitales supervisados por el autor)

(Agradecimiento especial a Joseph Bernard)

El artista visual Joseph Bernard nació en Port Chester (Nueva York), y se formó en las Escuelas de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Hartford y del Art Institute de Chicago, donde estudió con el cineasta independiente Stan Brakhage.

Bernard ha dado clases de bellas artes durante 35 años, con el puesto de Profesor emérito, en el College for Creative Studies de Detroit. La sensibilidad hacia el collage experimental es evidente en sus pinturas, películas y fotografías. Entre sus influencias se encuentran la poesía y la música contemporáneas, junto con sus viajes a Provincetown, sur de California, Austin, Nashville y otros lugares.

Sus películas se han proyectado en el Funnel Theatre de Toronto, Institute of Arts de Dretoit, Chicago Filmakers, Universidad de Rutgers, Cinematheque de San Francisco, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Indiana University Cinema, Third Man Records tanto en Nashville como e Detroit y en el MOMA de Nueva York, etc.

Un proyecto en marcha es la restauración y archivo de las más de 100 películas mudas en Super 8 y fotografías que hizo entre mediados de los 70 y mediados de los 80. Joseph Bernard vive con su mujer, Maria Luisa Belmonte, en Troy, Michigan.

Visual artist, Joseph Bernard was born in Port Chester, NY, educated at the University of Hartford Art School and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with independent filmmaker, Stan Brakhage.

For 35 years, Professor Emeritus, Bernard taught fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Experimental collage sensibilites are evident in his paintings, films and photographs. Contemporary poetry and music remain as influences. His work is informed by travels to Provincetown, Southern California, Austin, Nashville and other locales.

His films have been exhibited at Toronto’s Funnel Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago Filmmakers, Rutgers University, San Francisco Cinematheque, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Dartmouth College, Indiana University Cinema, Third Man Records in both Nashville & Detroit and NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, among others.

An ongoing project is the restoration and archiving of his over 100 Super-8 silent films and prints made between the mid-1970’s to mid-80’s. Joseph Bernard and wife, Maria Luisa Belmonte, live in Troy, Michigan.

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“Con una mezcla de intuición y amor ciego por el color y la luz empezó una década en la que estuve sumergido obsesivamente en la producción de más de 100 películas mudas caseras en Super 8… No son películas basadas en un guion o en obras de teatro, no cuentan historias y, de hecho, carecen (excepto una) deliberadamente de sonido… son solo algo pura y enfáticamente visual … el movimiento de la luz y el color.” – Joseph Bernard

“Combining intuition with a blind love of color and light, I began a decade obsessively immersed in producing over 100 short, silent, super-8 home movies…These films are not based on the page or the theatre, they don’t tell a story and, in fact, are (all but one) intentionally without sound… just something purely, emphatically visual… the movement of light and color.” – Joseph Bernard

 

Intrigues I-VII (Intrigas, 1981)

La obertura de la serie de siete “Intrigas” está inspirada por las observaciones sobre la palabra “intriga” de Delmore Schwartz. Estas siete obras mías se centran en aspectos de la práctica fílmica.

The opening in a series of seven “Intrigues”, inspired by Delmore Schwartz’s observations on the word. These seven titles of mine center on aspects of filmmaking. 

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Traducción de los textos: Javier Oliva

 

  

Posting #20

Posted on August 15, 2018

Solo at Rubicon Cinema

4th Season Opening at the Rubicon Cinema in Akron, OH - - My thanks to Tim Peyton & Gedas Gasparavicius

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SEASON 4, EVENT 1

For a Season 4 opener, Rubicon Cinema is proud to present acclaimed filmmaker and visual artist JOSEPH BERNARD. The filmmaker will be present at the screening, introduce his work, and hold a Q&A.

Don't miss this unique opportunity!

When: Saturday, September 8, 8 pm

Where: Rubicon Cinema at the Blue Sky Studio, 943 Dopler Street, Akron OH 44303

 

JOSEPH BERNARD

Born in Port Chester, NY, Bernard was educated at the University of Hartford Art School and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Stan Brakhage. 

Now Professor Emeritus, Bernard taught fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies for 35 years. Experimental collage sensibilities are evident in his paintings, films and photographs. Contemporary poetry and music remain strong influences. His work is informed by travels to Provincetown, Southern California, Austin, Nashville and other locales. 

His films have been exhibited at Toronto’s Funnel Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago Filmmakers, Rutgers University, San Francisco Cinematheque, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Dartmouth College, Indiana University Cinema, Third Man Records in both Nashville & Detroit and NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, among others.

 

PROGRAM (prepared by J.B. for Rubicon Cinema)

Icon, digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, 1978, 05:32 min

Exterior - Detroit snow storm; interior - intimate details of stencil letters through much single-frame shooting. Together they transition Bernard's painting tools and sensibilities into this early abstract film.

Crematorium: A Collaborative Self-Portrait, digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, 1979, 08:16 min

Shot at a Bohemian crematorium outside Chicago, this ‘self-viewing at work’ film makes metaphoric reference to both the location and process of cremation as a ‘recording’ of the deed itself. 

Eye Reels, digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, 1980, 16:17 min

An entangled meld of Celtic-flavored abstractions, home movies and an Irish dance fest, edited throughout with those very moves in mind. Fast shots and dense patterning echo those found in embroidery, lace, stone and metal work. They grow from the same language – in both calligraphy and sound. The tapestry-like interweave becomes the very fabric of this film.

Semblance: Frampton Brakhage Relation, digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, 1981, 05:21 min

A simplistic analogy of obvious disparities of these two masters that the filmmaker concocted on the beach. A wonderful koan appears to join at mid-point.

Her Moves, digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, b&w, 1985, 19:35 min

Interwoven footage of 12 female characters engaged in specific, physical activities – each filmed separately, throughout numerous east coast and Detroit locations, then edited into a collective dance of sorts. 

Full Circle (It’s Always Been Around), digital transfer from Super 8 film, silent, color, 1994, 14:56 min

Based on the title and a premise from Bernard's undergraduate thesis, this film is built on the experience of the first viewing of Brakhage’s Mothlight and the impact it had on the filmmaker. Tagged at the end with "4 SB," this film is an expression of sincere affection and regard. 

 

“To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perception.”

– Robert Irwin

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J.B. Q&A with audience and Rubicon Cinema Director, Tim Peyton. 

 

Bring your own beer, wine or snack.

Admission is free but we ask you to consider a $5-$10 donation.

Rubicon Cinema contact: rubiconakron@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubiconakron

 

 

Posting #18

Posted on April 24, 2017

PRISMATIC MUSIC Series Continues in Berlin

So it seems London wasn’t the final public screening of PRISMATIC MUSIC, as headlined in the last blog. On May 7, 2017, a very special program is planned for the Light Movement series at Spektrum in Berlin. 

 

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James Edmonds, the series director, asked if I could include some films that hadn’t appeared on Vimeo. Inspired by the idea, I decided this show would only have work that wasn’t available on that site. Additionally, half the titles on the program have never been publicly screened until now. 

I’m told the audiences at Spektrum are, “… very open and respecting of visual, experimental film.” This sounds like an eventful union! 

Here’s a link to Light Movement’s site and the evening’s program.

 

 

Posting #17

Posted on March 03, 2017

PRISMATIC MUSIC series of screenings closes in London

The final program of PRISMATIC MUSIC is scheduled for March 30, 2017 at CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE in London, England. This show is under the auspices of Brand New Blinkers; co-founded by Jack Wormell and Andy Sowerby. 

 

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Over the past two years, these solo screenings have generated a positive response to the small, silent works in this Blu-ray collection. The scheduling and presentations have been uniquely curated for each venue with running times ranging between 70-90 minutes.

I’m grateful to the programmers in England, Spain and numerous American cities who’ve made these screenings possible, and of course to Jeffery Plansker, who brought this project into existence.

 

Posting #16

Posted on October 03, 2016

PRISMATIC MUSIC IN SPAIN!

Following recent group shows in London, England and Curitiba, Brazil, I'd like to share news of my third show in Spain -- a solo in the city of Santander at the Filmoteca De Cantabria. Below is their beautiful theatre. Additional information can be found on the blogs: Cineinfinito #4 and Experimental Cinema. My thanks to both Felix Garcia and Marcos Ortega for their inspired dedication to film and ongoing support of my work.

 

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Posting #15

Posted on September 01, 2016

This interview was conducted by Brittany Danielle Friesner on 3/11/16 at Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, Indiana.

Click here for video interview

 

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Published on August 30, 2016 by IU Cinema, this YouTube video interview was filmed in March 2016. Bernard's visit also included several other events and a public interview for the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series. For more information about IU Cinema:  http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/ 

 

Posting #11

Posted on April 02, 2016

 

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Light and Sound Machine: JOSEPH BERNARD: PRISMATIC MUSIC

Presented by Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre - Nashville

Tue, Apr 19 at 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm)

Location: The Blue Room at Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 Belcourt Members | Click here to BUY TICKETS
 

Filmmaker Joseph Bernard will present his films in person, followed by a Q&A.

Joseph Bernard, a painter, mixed-media artist and former student of Stan Brakhage, made over 100 works on 8mm film over the course of just one decade (1975-85). Punctuated by an ever-shifting conceptual framework and Bernard's nomadic state of being, the films are kaleidoscopic abstractions of light and texture, as well as personal expressions and a mode of self-inquiry. They dually create an ethereal space while invoking the specific locale of their creation (Detroit, Chicago, New York, and the salty oceanfront of Provincetown, MA). In 1985, Bernard withdrew from filmmaking completely, frustrated by the cost of materials. As Phil Coldiron notes in a recent Cinema Scope feature on Bernard, "American experimental cinema is considerably poorer for both the brevity and obscurity of his career.”

Now, after three decades of purgatory, Bernard's films have been resurrected and are enjoying a second life. The original 8mm masters have been digitally scanned and restored, and are receiving overdue praise and exhibition across the country. Forty of them have been assembled in a stunning Blu-ray retrospective, titled PRISMATIC MUSIC. Bernard has selected several of his works to be exhibited in two thematically distinct programs for Third Man Record's Nashville and Detroit locations. The screenings each offer a unique lineup, prefaced by an introduction from Bernard himself.   - - James Cathcart                            View Trailer: (Joseph Bernard - PRISMATIC MUSIC on YouTube, made by Third Man Records)

 

Three Portraits:   

ANOTHER MIRROR (1977, 5:15 min.)

J.S.B. AT 9 (1978, 2:31 min.)

CREMATORIUM: A COLLABORATIVE SELF-PORTRAIT (1979, 8:17 min.)

Life, Love, Sex & Death:

IMPLICATIONS OF A TOTALITY (1979, 15:03 min.)

Inside the Idea of Film:

RITUAL (1979, 2:42 min.)

SPLICES FOR SHARITS (1980, 5:27 min.)

THE FUNCTION OF FILM (1982, 7:58 min.)

Extended Possibilities:

NIGHT MIX (1982, 10:52 min.)

FILM FOR UNTITLED VIEWER (1983, 2:36 min.)

VARIANT CHANTS (1983, 15:51 min.)