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Shirley Clarke

The Tee Pee Video Space Troupe: The First Years, 1970-1971

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Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
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This video journal is an informal time capsule of the downtown cultural and artistic milieu in New …

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This video journal is an informal time capsule of the downtown cultural and artistic milieu in New York. Part 1 documents a party given by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Clarke is an active voice behind the camera as she records this celebrity-rich event, with guests including Andy Warhol and Jack Nicholson. In Parts 2 …

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Shirley Clarke
American , 1919–1997
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Shirley Clarke was a leading figure in American avant-garde cinema in the 1950s and ’60s, and a pioneer of video art in the ’70s. With a background as a dancer, she made works that she considered “choreography of images”. Her works characteristically featured rhythmic movements of both the human figure and the camera; she was also known to produce dramatic narratives and documentary-like films. While Clarke is also credited with contributing to the rise of cinéma verité, she staunchly rejected the idea of objective filmmaking. In 1970, Clarke helped form the Tee Pee Videospace Troupe collective, which produced experimental film and theater pieces. She also founded, with Jonas Mekas, both the Film-Makers Cooperative and Film-Makers Distribution Center in New York.

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This video journal is an informal time capsule of the downtown cultural and artistic milieu in New …

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This video journal is an informal time capsule of the downtown cultural and artistic milieu in New York. Part 1 documents a party given by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Clarke is an active voice behind the camera as she records this celebrity-rich event, with guests including Andy Warhol and Jack Nicholson. In Parts 2 …

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Shirley Clarke
American , 1919–1997
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Shirley Clarke was a leading figure in American avant-garde cinema in the 1950s and ’60s, and a pioneer of video art in the ’70s. With a background as a dancer, she made works that she considered “choreography of images”. Her works characteristically featured rhythmic movements of both the human figure and the camera; she was also known to produce dramatic narratives and documentary-like films. While Clarke is also credited with contributing to the rise of cinéma verité, she staunchly rejected the idea of objective filmmaking. In 1970, Clarke helped form the Tee Pee Videospace Troupe collective, which produced experimental film and theater pieces. She also founded, with Jonas Mekas, both the Film-Makers Cooperative and Film-Makers Distribution Center in New York.

Shirley Clarke

The Tee Pee Video Space Troupe: The First Years, 1970-1971

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