avant garde

Screening Room was a 1970s Boston television series that for almost ten years offered independent filmmakers a chance to show and discuss their work on a commercial (ABC-TV) affiliate station. The series was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner (Dead Birds, Forest of Bliss), who was Chairman of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard for many years. This unique program dealt even-handedly with animation, documentary, and experimental film, welcoming such artists as Jan Lenica, John and Faith Hubley, Emile DeAntonio, Jean Rouch, Ricky Leacock, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Baillie, Yvonne Rainer and Michael Snow. Frequently, guests such as Octavio Paz, Stanley Cavell, and Rudolph Arnheim appeared as well. The filmmakers presented on the show are now considered the most influential contributors to modern experimental film, documentary, and animation.

Robert Gardner’s personal website: www.robertgardner.net.

YouTube – Murcof Ulysses


“Palavrador is a poetic cyberworld built in 3D. It uses computational procedures applying artificial life behaviors based on autonomous agents, and computer graphics techniques to create poetic expressions.”


“Essentially a gift economy, poetry is the perfect space to practice utopian politics….”

samples from the massive archive:
Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man
Balkan Baroque 1999
John Cage in Conversation with Richard Kostelanetz [John Cage:"We do very good work when we don't know what we are doing."]