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Kinetic Cinema: Jody Oberfelder Held 12/9 At The Tank

"Kinetic Cinema: Jody Oberfelder" Wednesday, December 09, 2009; 7:30pm - $10 Location: The Tank at 354 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

About The Show- Does it have to be an epic to be good? Can the ironic become iconic?

I Tube They Tube, We all Tube for YouTube- Curated by JODY OBERFELDER

For the last Kinetic Cinema of the season, choreographer Jody Oberfelder surveys the impact of YouTube and how artists use this video platform to showcase video art.

Presenting an array of stunning clips ranging from hilarious "fail" videos to bloopers to video-blogging-- including a few dance-centric films-- Oberfelder intends to open up questions about what captures our attention. What gets the most hits and why? How do we perpetually quote and comment on each other's work? How can the immediacy of YouTube at our fingertips translate into something artistically fulfilling?

Why not create alluring short videos for camera and muster up new audiences? How can this sometimes irreverent and often poetically profound new form ultimately be a boon to our live performing possibilities?

The very first :19 second video by Jawed Karim (one of YouTube's founders) "Me at the Zoo", set the tone of this casual, visually clever mode that constitutes this divergent art form. How YouTube manages to surprise and catch new audiences is a hot button topic for modern dancers and media artists alike.

Presale Tickets are available here:

Viral Video Contest
As an experiment in exploring what makes a video go viral on YouTube, Movement Media has posed a special challenge to the Kinetic Cinema audience for the Dec. 9th screening:

* Create a 30 sec video response to this video on YouTube: "Décalé Gwada Blondinette (vitesse normale)"

* Up-load the video to YouTube and send the link and your contact information to:

We will screen the video entry that receives the most hits by Dec. 9th at Kinetic Cinema, and post it on our blog: shortly thereafter.

The winner will also get free admission to our next Kinetic Cinema screening, and a handy book: "YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts" by Alan Lastufka and Michael W. Dean.

About Jody Oberfelder

Jody Oberfelder is known for levity, wit, and whimsical physical imagination. Her dance films have been shown in New York City at HBO Studios, Dance Theater Workshop's "Captured" series, Tribeca's VisionFest, and at the Walter Reid Theater in the Dance on Camera Festival; elsewhere in the U.S. at the American Dance Festival's "Dancing for the Camera," Dance Camera West, and at the San Diego-Tijuana DANCEonFILM Festival 2009; as well as abroad at Cinedans (Audience Choice Award), EDIT2009 in Budapest, Milano Doc Festival, the Zodiac Center in Helsinki, and OUTVIDEO in Russia. This spring Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects mounts HEADS or TALES, an eccentric retrospective celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, to be premiered at the Abrons Arts Center (Henry Street Settlement) March 11-13, 2010. (see company website:

About Kinetic Cinema

Kinetic Cinema is a co-presentation of The Tank and Pentacle's Movement Media project, and happens on the second Wednesday of each month. Kinetic Cinema explores the intersection of dance and the moving image. For each screening Anna Brady Nuse, Pentacle's director of Movement Media, invites a different guest artist from the fields of dance and media arts to share a selection of films and videos that have inspired them. These could be works for screen that feature dance, are kinetic-based, or have been influential on their work in some way. The guest curators come from a range of backgrounds as performers, choreographers, critics, video artists, and film-makers.

For more info on Pentacle's Movement Media Project and news about Kinetic Cinema, please visit our blog: Move the Frame and our website:

About The Tank
Founded in 2003, The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.

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