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Film Video, Structuring Stratagies: Kathy Rose, Video/Performance Artist and Animator

October 9, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Theater

FILM/VIDEO: Kathy Rose, video/performance artist and animator, will perform and discuss Cathedral of Emptiness and other works.

"There is something eternal in Rose's creations.  Imagine Jung crossed with Jean Cocteau." - Joanna Ney, Curator, Walter Reade Theater/Lincoln Center

”Holographic inserts and inky veils of color coat the event - a mixture of three-dimensional stage and film/reality... she transfers her audience to a miraculous world, completely unreal, far from commonplace..” - Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

“Long hailed for exploring mysterious inner worlds through pioneering integrations of live performance and projected film, video and animation, Kathy Rose presents a recent choreographic fantasy in which she appears live as a solitary figure, traversing lush and layered invented landscapes. Rose's surreal environments-adorned with forests of human arms, glistening waters, and floating moon faces-shape poetic alternate universes inspired by Noh theater. Rose has received numerous awards for her multimedia performances, and her early hand-drawn films, rightly considered classics of personal animation, are held by major museum collections worldwide.” – Berenice Reynaud

Live Performance

THE CATHEDRAL OF EMPTINESS (performance with video, 20 min., 2008)

Patterns of vibrant hands and figures float, eerily around the performer; she emerges from a rich landscape of delicate branches transforming into another being. Sound includes koto, voice and echoing drums.

The Cathedral of emptiness is a non-narrative poetic choreographic fantasy in which I explore this figure moving in a complex surreal environment including a forest of arms, glinting waters, and moon faces floating in the sky. Regal percussive effects bestow a formal elegance, and there is sampling and treatment of a koto, voice work; chanting and guttural sounds.
The piece is projected onto a veil, which I perform behind and in front of, resulting in a magical dimensionality.

Influences include the Japanese Noh theater. My interest is in creating an alternate universe with otherworldly qualities. (KR)


PENCIL BOOKLINGS (35mm, color, sound, 14 min. 1978)

MIRROR PEOPLE (16mm, color, sound, 5 min. 1974)
THE INN OF FLOATING IMAGERY (video, sound, 8 min., 2007)
Performance, theramin, video and sound: Kathy Rose
Studio assistant: Thessia Machado

A sea of richly colored figures floating and flying is accompanied by eerie sounds. The animated figures are constructed in the manner of puppetry and collage. The imagery continues until the artist's involvement with her "canvases" is revealed, with her performative self finally emerging.

S  H  E  (video, 4 min., 2009)
Performance, video, edit and costume design: Kathy Rose
Additional imagery: Chi Kit Tso.
Music: C.P. Roth
An insectoid fantasy with an indio/arachnid sound track by C.P. Roth.  This piece was originally created as a live performance, and re-interpreted here as a video.

L I F E I N T H E W E B (video, 9 min., 2007)
Performance, video, edit - Kathy Rose
Sound - Kathy Rose, Toshi Makihara

A Surrealist Vision: Through my form of “self-puppetry” I am exploring the identity of the artist and process of the art.. This video uses fabrics, figures and miniature sets, to create an enchanting operatic vision. Influenced by the work of Remedios Varo, assemblages of Hannah Hoch, the supernatural world of the Japanese Noh theater, and a fascination with puppets and dolls. (KR)

Still: Life in the Web

Still: S H E

Kathy Rose's oeuvre has evolved from her unique, pioneering performance work combining dance with film to her current surreal performance video spectacles, installations, and video pieces, with influence from symbolist art and the Japanese Noh theater.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking (1971) and the California Institute of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Animation (1974), Rose began creating multi-media works in 1982 combining live performance with film.

Her numerous appearances include the Museum of Modern Art's Cineprobe, Kennedy Center, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, the Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Danspace-St. Marks Church, Baltimore Art Museum, Akademie der Kunst/Berlin, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. as well as performances in Geneva, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hiroshima, etc. Rose's video installations have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Aldrich Museum, Cooper Union, etc. Recent grants include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Performance Art in 2003, New York State Council for the Arts - Video (Media & New Technology) 2005, Finishing Funds grant - Experimental Video Center 2003, etc.  Kathy Rose has also received 7 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in Media arts, Dance and Interarts.

Her experimental dance videos have shown in numerous dance/video festivals throughout the world including Dance on Camera/Lincoln Center, New Moves International, Glasgow, Dance on Camera West, American Dance Festival's 13th annual Dancing for the Camera, Motion Pictures 2008 Philadelphia, Il Correografica-Electronica Naples, Dança Sem Sombra 2008 Lisbon, etc.

For more information please visit www.krose.com

Last edited by dthatt on Oct 03, 2012
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