Greetings friends. Welcome to this week’s Experimedia.net shop update. Before I get into it just a quick note to let you know that I have extended the sale by one week by request. It will now go through April 3rd.

Extra exciting update this week as it includes the first Experimedia release in over a year… and it’s most elaborate yet. Joshua Bonnetta and I have been working together for over a year towards making the release of this special edition of his film “Strange Lines and Distances” a reality. After being blown away by the 2012 release of his film “American Colour” by Giuseppe Ielasi’s Senufo Editions, Joshua approached me with the opportunity to work with him on his next film. When he sent me towards a private screener of “Strange Lines and Distances” I was simply floored and watched it at least a dozen times that week. 

This release fully realizes a vision I’ve had for Experimedia since it’s inception and even prior. It goes without saying that this project has been a huge undertaking so to say I am excited to finally see it on it’s way out to world is an understatement. However it wouldn’t have been possible with the help and support of some wonderful people I’d like to thank. Daniel Castrejon of Umor Rex Records for his graphic design talents, Goncalo F Cardoso of Discrepent Records and Evil Llama for his assistance with the video encoding and disc authoring, the folks at the Images Festival in Toronto for their support,Jeffrey Sconce for his eloquent monograph, Andrew Pekler for sharing some words on his experience viewing the installation at Berlinale, and of course Joshua Bonnetta for the privilege of presenting his work.

Experimedia Films presents Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. Presented as a special limited edition featuring DVD of the film, 12” Vinyl LP containing an extended score, Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce, Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve, HD Video & Audio Download Coupons and Optional Blu-Ray Add-on. To find out more visit experimediafilms.com. Shipping starts Tuesday April 8th.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and it becomes a special part of your collections. Thank you for your support. On with the new….

Joshua BonnettaStrange Lines and Distances DVD/LP+
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Experimedia Films presents Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. Presented as a special limited edition featuring DVD of the film, 12” Vinyl LP containing an extended score, Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce, Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve, HD Video & Audio Download Coupons and Optional Blu-Ray Add-on. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound waves never completely disappear, but rather diminish incrementally becoming fainter over time. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. Strange Lines and Distances dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, color, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites’ topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form. Joshua BonnettaStrange Lines and Distances DVD/LP+
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Experimedia Films presents Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. Presented as a special limited edition featuring DVD of the film, 12” Vinyl LP containing an extended score, Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce, Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve, HD Video & Audio Download Coupons and Optional Blu-Ray Add-on. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound waves never completely disappear, but rather diminish incrementally becoming fainter over time. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. Strange Lines and Distances dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, color, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites’ topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form.

Joshua Bonnetta
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Experimedia Films presents Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. Presented as a special limited edition featuring DVD of the film, 12” Vinyl LP containing an extended score, Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce, Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve, HD Video & Audio Download Coupons and Optional Blu-Ray Add-on. 

The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound waves never completely disappear, but rather diminish incrementally becoming fainter over time. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. 

Strange Lines and Distances dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, color, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites’ topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form.

Experimedia Films present Strange Lines and Distances, an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound never diminishes, but rather grows incrementally fainter and fainter. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. The dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site-specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material.

Presented as a lavish limited edition featuring:
-DVD of the film
-12” Vinyl LP containing an extended score
-Printed inner sleeve with Monograph by Jeffrey Sconce
-Uncoated Gatefold Sleeve
-HD Video & Audio Download Coupons
+Optional Blu-Ray Add-on

Available March 18 2014 from Experimedia.net.

Strange Lines and Distances has been featured at Images Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and was awarded the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award.

Presented by Experimedia Films in association with Images Festival, Umor Rex Records and Evil Llama.

Launch screening and talk with the artist will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art on February 27 2014.

Joshua Bonnetta’s latest film project Strange Lines and Distances is an official selection at the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals.

Strange Lines and Distances is the follow up to Joshua’s American Colour released last year as a lavish LP & DVD edition on Giuseppe Ielasi’s Senufo Editions.

Strange Lines and Distances will be released later this year on Experimedia as a special edition gatefold LP and DVD. Until then enjoy this brief excerpt from the film.

Strange Lines and Distances-Rough Excerpt. 16mm to HD. 5.1. Two channel installation. 2012. 30 minutes (excerpt) from joshua bonnetta on Vimeo.

Strange Lines and Distances is a two-channel audio-visual installation focusing on Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound never diminishes, but rather grows incrementally fainter and fainter. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. Strange Lines and Distances takes its title from a passage in Francis Bacon’s utopian text New Atlantis, in which Bacon imagines a futuristic society’s culture, politics, history and media. In contradistinction, Strange Lines and Distances moves backwards, retrospectively exploring the invention of radio while looking for echoes and historical intimations of the past within the present.

Strange Lines and Distances’ dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site- specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, colour, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites’ topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form.

A few weeks ago I shared my enthusiasm for Joshua Bonnetta’s American Colour fantastic DVD/LP project released on Giuseppe Ielasi’s Senufo Editions.  Since then I have had an opportunity to speak with Joshua and explore more of his work.

Joshua’s latest film project Strange Lines and Distances, which will now be released as a special edition DVD/LP on our very own Experimedia imprint later this year, just won the Cinematic Vision Award for Audiovisual Innovation at the highly respected Toronto based media arts fest, Images.  Among the jurors was one of the curators of Documenta, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.  Congratulations to Joshua!

Here in this video post you will see rough excerpt number 2 from Strange Lines and Distances and here you can screen excerpt number 1.

"Strange Lines and Distances is a two-channel audio-visual installation focusing on Guglielmo Marconi’s first transatlantic radio broadcast. The work is inspired by Marconi’s belief that sound never diminishes, but rather grows incrementally fainter and fainter. He believed that with an adequately sensitive receiver, one could amplify the echoes of history. Strange Lines and Distances looks at and listens to the past, revisiting Marconi’s original transmission sites in order to explore the hauntological aspects of radio and landscape. The installation invites a consideration of the monumental impact of the first wireless transmission, and explores the medium’s potential to conflate and fragment both space and time. Strange Lines and Distances takes its title from a passage in Francis Bacon’s utopian text New Atlantis, in which Bacon imagines a futuristic society’s culture, politics, history and media. In contradistinction, Strange Lines and Distances moves backwards, retrospectively exploring the invention of radio while looking for echoes and historical intimations of the past within the present.

Strange Lines and Distances’ dual channels represent the transmission site in Poldhu Cove, U.K. and the receiving site at Fever Hospital, St. John’s, NL. Each historical site is documented using 16mm colour negative film. The sonic composition was created from site- specific field recordings, shortwave and longwave radio recordings and archival material. Mired in static and atmospheric interference, the recordings exist as fragmentary spectres of outport beacons, noise, musical passages and human voice. Visually, each channel contains imagery that resonates and rhymes with the opposing channel in terms of shape, line, colour, light and optical geometry. Through a visual examination of the sites’ topographical similarities, the work plays with the juxtaposition of landscape, architectural ruins, flora, and geological and meteorological phenomena. The images unfold as a series of long shots, and this play with duration creates a montage that asks the spectator to consider distance and the poetics of form.”

To discover more about Joshua’s work visit and explore his website.

Joshua Bonnetta
Long Shadows
12 min. 35mm. 1:37. Sound on vinyl record. 2009.(excerpt)

Re-animated frames of long lost and decaying home movies of the 1950’s rendered in watercolor. Long Shadows assembles found moments and gestures into a haunted sequence, dreaming backwards through the seasons of a childhood spent on a northern lake.

The site specific soundtrack revisits the location of the original films, Mazinaw Lake, 60 years later in search echoes. Tape loops created from hydrophone, piano and field recordings, provide the aural accompaniment cut to vinyl record.

Winner of the 2010 Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award at The Images Festival for excellence and innovation in the visual realization of a work by a Canadian film or video artist.

Distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinema.

(Source: vimeo.com)

Evensong is a sculptural sound installation created using piezo recordings made at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London 2007. Voice and Organ were recorded by placing a contact microphone on the limestone surface within the cathedral. The recordings were transposed to magnetic tape, slowed down and spliced into loops. The work is exhibited as a series of looping fragments played back through a vibrating limestone surface via a custom built speaker.
It will exhibit as part of Sans Song, curated by Jenny Walton, at Western Front Gallery in Vancouver April 27th-June 1st.

front.bc.ca/exhibitions/events/3440

(Source: vimeo.com)

Joshua Bonnetta - American Colour
Truth be told, I feel as though I’m almost unable to give high enough praise to this stunning edition. Joshua Bonnetta’s American Colour is a film that was shot on old rolls of 16mm Kodachrome film during a road trip from upstate New York (where the stock was manufactured) to Kansas. Coincidentally, moments of the film and recording were captured not far from my home here in Ashtabula, Ohio, after which the B-side of the record is named. The DVD, mounted on an exquisite uncoated gatefold sleeve, contains a film that explores the historic characteristics of the unique stock. The LP presents the accompanying score which, by use of violin, tape, processing and site-specific shortwave radio recorded during the photography, speaks as an homage to Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky Jr., the two violinists who invented Kodachrome in 1935. Reading Irene Bindi’s superb monograph, presented on the printed inner sleeve, while listening to the LP and taking in the film flickering on the screen, I found myself completely immersed in the spirit of this project. Utterly engrossing. This truly is the complete package. - Jeremy Bible, Experimedia
Joshua Bonnetta - American Colour
Truth be told, I feel as though I’m almost unable to give high enough praise to this stunning edition. Joshua Bonnetta’s American Colour is a film that was shot on old rolls of 16mm Kodachrome film during a road trip from upstate New York (where the stock was manufactured) to Kansas. Coincidentally, moments of the film and recording were captured not far from my home here in Ashtabula, Ohio, after which the B-side of the record is named. The DVD, mounted on an exquisite uncoated gatefold sleeve, contains a film that explores the historic characteristics of the unique stock. The LP presents the accompanying score which, by use of violin, tape, processing and site-specific shortwave radio recorded during the photography, speaks as an homage to Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky Jr., the two violinists who invented Kodachrome in 1935. Reading Irene Bindi’s superb monograph, presented on the printed inner sleeve, while listening to the LP and taking in the film flickering on the screen, I found myself completely immersed in the spirit of this project. Utterly engrossing. This truly is the complete package. - Jeremy Bible, Experimedia

Joshua Bonnetta - American Colour

Truth be told, I feel as though I’m almost unable to give high enough praise to this stunning edition. Joshua Bonnetta’s American Colour is a film that was shot on old rolls of 16mm Kodachrome film during a road trip from upstate New York (where the stock was manufactured) to Kansas. Coincidentally, moments of the film and recording were captured not far from my home here in Ashtabula, Ohio, after which the B-side of the record is named. The DVD, mounted on an exquisite uncoated gatefold sleeve, contains a film that explores the historic characteristics of the unique stock. The LP presents the accompanying score which, by use of violin, tape, processing and site-specific shortwave radio recorded during the photography, speaks as an homage to Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky Jr., the two violinists who invented Kodachrome in 1935. Reading Irene Bindi’s superb monograph, presented on the printed inner sleeve, while listening to the LP and taking in the film flickering on the screen, I found myself completely immersed in the spirit of this project. Utterly engrossing. This truly is the complete package. - Jeremy Bible, Experimedia