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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA is UC Berkeley’s premier visual arts venue, presenting more than 450 film screenings, scores of public programs, and up to twenty exhibitions annually. With its vibrant and eclectic programming, BAMPFA inspires the imagination and ignites critical dialogue through art, film, and other forms of creative expression. BAMPFA’s collection includes more than 17,500 films and videos, including the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, impressive holdings of Soviet cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, seminal video art, as well as hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film.

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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue #2250
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250
Telephone: (510) 642-1437
Email: bampfa@berkeley.edu

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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Taylor, Edward Silverstone
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Description : This edited Ektachrome home movie with titles documents a 1959 street fair, upper Grant Avenue, San Francisco--the center of Beat culture. The film includes shots of filmmaker Dion Vigne and his wife Loreon, artist and occultist Marjorie Cameron and her daughter Crystal, artist Wallace Berman and his wife Shirley, and Beat poet and surrealist Bob Kaufman. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (original reversal) Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Rights :...
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Description : Media collective Optic Nerve interviews San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk at Castro Camera, a camera shop operated by Milk since he opened it in 1972 and center of the neighborhood gay community. Note: Optic Nerve tapes 12, 13 and 38. Note on Tape 3: "Harvey Milk at Castro Camera - moving day. Financial and top of B of A." Source : 3 Tapes of 3: 3/4 inch videotape Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Call Number: PM0016985; PM0016986; PM0016695...
Topics: californialightandsound, Milk, Harvey, way bay
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by Optic Nerve
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Description : Artist collective Optic Nerve documents author Anais Nin's visit to Berkeley, California, circa December 1971. Part 1 of 2: Anais Nin lecture at Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley, December 1971. Part 2 of 2: Optic Nerve interview with Anais Nin. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Optic Nerve. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access...
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by TVTV
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Description : This documentary covers the first New Games Tournament held at the Marin Headlands’ Gerbode Preserve in 1973 and features New Games co-founder Stewart Brand demonstrating his boffing prowess and Wavy Gravy leading a variety of games in a jester costume. Additional pictures from the New Games Tournament can be found in The New Games Book . Call Number : PM0017730 Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection...
Topics: californialightandsound, New Games (Firm), New Games Foundation, way bay
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Terry Riley and Arlo Acton
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First televised on KQED in April 1969. It was a highly effective synthesis of abstract visuals—chiefly Arlo Acton's spherical sculptures of glittering titanium—and a soundtrack on which Terry Riley played hypnotically repetitive music on a soprano saxophone together with the feedback from two tape machines. The Dilexi Series , originally broadcast over KQED in San Francisco in 1969 and 1970, represents one of the first efforts to present works created by artists specifically for television....
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by Newsreel
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Description : This film is about the oppression of the Third World community in the Mission district of San Francisco, specifically seven Latino youths who were recruiting street kids into a college Brown Studies Program. Accused of killing a plainclothesman, they became victims of a press and police campaign to "clean-up" the Mission. Their defense became the foundation of a revolutionary community organization called Los Siete. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Collection : Pacific...
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by First Generation
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Note : Dropout throughout due to deterioration of original recording. Description : Documentary on Jasmine Nash, an affiliate of Anna Halprin who taught street dance to students from a wide variety of backgrounds in an upstairs dance studio in the Fillmore District of San Francisco in the 1970s. Produced by First Generation (1974 -1980), a partnership between Dede Tisone Bartels, Betty Estersohn, and Joan Valdes, who were young teachers and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1960s and...
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by Anna Halprin and Seth Hill
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This extraordinary film documents the first days of rehearsal for the performance Ceremony of Us, a collaboration between Anna Halprin and Studio Watts, which took place at the Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles in 1969, and for which no final performance film exists. In 1968 Ann Halprin simultaneously developed two companies, one in San Francisco of all white dancers, and another in Watts of all black dancers. After working separately for weeks the two groups came together to develop a highly...
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by Optic Nerve
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Description : On the scene documentation of California Governor Jerry Brown's visit to the Gray Whale Listening Station, an experimental installation along California's north coast, designed by Ant Farm, 1977. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: 3/4 inch videotape Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Call Number : PM0016605; PM0016606 Rights : Rights are owned by Ideas in Motion (Optic Nerve). Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work...
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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Cecilia Dougherty
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Cecilia Dougherty’s first video, made while she was a student at Berkeley,  Gay Tape: Butch and Femme  applies “a little fine-tuning” to the question of representation, honing in on the subjective particularities of the butch-femme dynamic as experienced by members of Dougherty’s local Bay Area dating pool. As Dougherty describes it: “Gay Tape is a documentary about some of the regulars at Ollie’s Bar, a lesbian dive on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. The 1970s sartorial statement of...
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by Video Free America
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Video Free America is a media arts collective founded by Skip Sweeney and Arthur Ginsberg in San Francisco in 1970. This is a compilation of clips of their work from 1970 to 1983 put together for a tribute by the Mill Valley Film Festival. Video music: Youngbloods concert. Provo Park, Berkeley, CA., July 4, 1974 -- New Riders of the Purple Sage concert. The Dead Ranch. August 1971 [with Jerry Garcia] -- Good vibrations space plasma. Moog Vidium imagery [Beach Boys playing] 1977 -- Placenta Boys...
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by National Center for Experiments in Television (NCET)
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Feedback with jazz -- Suzanne -- Robert Creeley performs "A piece" -- I nevertheless (Sun in the eyes poem with Kyger) / Loren Sears and Joanne Kyger -- Graham tape delay--excerpt / Richard Felciano with John Graham, dancer -- Slip back into the shining sea / Loren Sears and Joanne Kyger -- Charles Olson reads from "The frontlet" -- Graham tape delay--excerpt / Richard Felciano with John Graham, dancer -- Linearity / Richard Felciano -- Descartes / Joanne Kyger.
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by First Generation
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Note : Video levels vary as on original recording; some sections are dark. Description : Baker/Rapoport/Wick was a collective of three performance artists - Mary Winder Baker, Debra Rapoport and Susan Wick. They came together to create remarkable textile-oriented performances and installations that inspired and expanded the definition of creativity in San Francisco. The location of this video was a window at Macy's in Union Square. The three female performance artists promoted the store's new...
Topics: californialightandsound, Performance art, way bay
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by Media Access Center
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Description : Focus on alternate living experiments and accessible shelter materials. Home-made and hi-tech dome structures, inflatables, tipis, raps with owner-built homesteaders, building with waste materials, experimental playground constructions. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Media Access Center. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to...
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by Optic Nerve
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In 1975, San Francisco developed a program using the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) funds to hire artists. This was the first time that this funding focused on artists and was an unprecedented opportunity, giving them the chance to serve the public and be paid for their work.  Art Works  follows muralists, musicians, dancers, circus performers and gardeners as they bring their projects and skills to senior centers, hospitals, public housing projects, and childcare groups. In...
Topics: californialightandsound, Optic Nerve, way bay
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Deborah Mangum
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Six Phrases in Real Time is a videotape interpretation of an actual videodance event, performed at Serramonte Shopping Mall in Daly City, California. The nontheatrical environment of Serramonte Shopping Mall provided an immediate audience for Six Phrases in Real Time that was unfamiliar with the inside workings of TV and modern dance. The audience's attention was constantly changing from dancers to monitors, to technicians and cameras, to themselves viewing the dance. The interweaving of these...
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by Loren Sears
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High energy, 5-layer mix from film loops of animated shapes. Music is loop composition from a Buchla Box. Film, music, direction by Loren Sears.
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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Jani Novak
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Description : Documentation of the artist Jani Novak, performing for the exhibition titled Performance/art/artists/performers at the University of California, Berkeley, University Art Museum on July 8, 1975, organized by Carlos Gutierrez-Solana. Source : 4 Tapes of 4: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Accession Number : 0550-121-8965 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by UC Regents. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission...
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Description: Bay Area early video freaks—Chip Lord and Hudson Marquez of Ant Farm and Allen Rucker of TVTV—took a road trip in the Bubble Mobile to Vancouver in 1970/71 to visit artist friends in the Canadian woods. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection : Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Call Number: PM0017613 Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the artists. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized...
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by Optic Nerve
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Optic Nerve's Pushed Out for Profit focuses on the consequences of housing speculation in the Bay Area in the late 1970s, documenting the efforts of families and communities in the Mission, the Castro, and Oakland to hold on to their homes and apartments as prices soared and evictions were the order of the day.
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Note : Audio only (no image) from 00:02:28 - 00:05:19, and for about 20 seconds at 00:22:00. Description : Groundbreaking video collective TVTV covers the 1974 California election with behind-the-scenes footage of Jerry Brown, who was elected to his first term as the 34th Governor of California. Call Number : PM0017756 Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by TVTV. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the...
Topics: californialightandsound, California--Politics and government, Elections--United States
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
by Warner Jepson and Ruth Asawa
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Warner Jepson video processing experiments incorporating Ruth Asawa's folded paper and wire sculptures. http://www.warnerjepson.com/ http://www.ruthasawa.com/
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by Peter d'Agostino
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In this early, performance-based work, d'Agostino experiments with perceptions of landscape, time and point of view. The  Walk Series  documents three different "walks" (on a roof, a fence and a beach) that the artist took in the San Francisco area, while recording with a hand-held camera. These excursions — recorded in real-time and unedited — map the parameters of the artist's environment, as d'Agostino uses video to redefine the landscape in his own image. Referring to these...
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Note : Program ends at 00:31:00. Description : Groundbreaking video collective TVTV covers the 1974 California election with behind-the-scenes footage of Mervyn M. Dymally, who was elected as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California, the first of Trinidadian descent to do so. Note on original container : "Sacto 1 test plus - Black Fox Trot" Call Number : PM0017736 Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by TVTV. Copyright Holder...
Topics: californialightandsound, California--Politics and government, Elections--United States
Profiles on mail art. An interview with Leavenworth Jackson, rubber stamp illustrator and correspondence artist, followed by "Jon" Held of the Modern Realism Gallery interviewed on Lifestyle.
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by Scott Bartlett
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In the summer of 1967, Mike McNamee, Glen McKay, and Scott Bartlett met for America's first electrovideographic jam. Bartlett's film loop and McKay's light show liquids were mixed through a video effects bank and the results were filmed by McNamee directly off the studio monitor with a rented kinescope camera. Bartlett edited a portion of this material and then built a soundtrack with the help of Tom DeWitt, who had also supplied many of the original film loops, and Manny Meyer, electronic...
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Newsreel footage of San Francisco's Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. Includes: aerial photographs, Court of the Universe, Court of the Palms, Fine Arts Palace, Sousa and his band, Court and Tower of Jewels, Court of the Four Seasons, Italian Court, arrival of the Liberty Bell, and the Exposition at night.
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by Skip Sweeney
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“When I was very young I discovered that my mother’s mirrored wardrobe doors could be positioned to reflect back into each other. I placed my head between the mirrors and was amazed to see the chorus line of heads repeating to infinity in each direction. I reveled in the illusion.”—Skip Sweeney. Skip Sweeney was an early and proficient experimenter with video feedback. A feedback loop is produced by pointing a camera at the monitor to which it is cabled. Infinite patterns and variations...
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Pixilated road trip and back-to-nature explorations in Northern California, playfully shot by Freude  on 16mm color reversal.
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by David L. Brown, Peter Gessner
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A multi-camera depiction of the Peace Navy demonstration against Fleet Week.   Filmed on San Francisco Bay.
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On April 14, 1991, Cahuilla Bird Singers performed for the public at the University Art Museum in Berkeley (now BAMPFA) as part of the exhibition Lewis de Soto / MATRIX 144: The Language of Paradise. http://archive.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/144 Over the past ten years Lewis de Soto has explored the theme of the individual's relation to the infinite cosmos. His art embodies insights obtained from Renaissance sacred architecture and the traditions of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism. As such,...
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The "Inquiring Cameraman" conducts "man-on-the-street" interviews with Californians prior to the gubernatorial election of November 6, 1934. Voters state their opinions on candidates Upton Sinclair, Frank Merriam, and Raymond L. Haight.
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by Cecilia Dougherty
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"Leslie is a fractured portrait of San Francisco Bay Area language poet Leslie Scalapino. In this tape, I re-enter and re-present Leslie's writing using only video language and pictorial structure. My idea is to put the writer inside the fiction or structure of her own writing, creating a story (fiction) about the writer herself. Visual fan letter"—Cecilia Dougherty.
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Short segment from Evening Magazine on color xerography, the latest art craze, and an international copy art exhibition and workshop, curated and conducted by artist Ginny Lloyd at La Mamelle, Inc., 70 12th Street, San Francisco, June 13–July 18, 1980.
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by George Bolling
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Early 1970s television feedback images with electronic noise by George Bolling .
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by La Mamelle, Inc.
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Interview with La Mamelle's Carl Loeffler and Nancy Frank in studio, Cable 6, San Francisco. Contains clips from Videozines 5-6 (Bob Davis, Anna Banana, Bill Gaglione).
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This audio recording documents the morning symposium for the exhibition Made in U.S.A.: An Americanization in Modern Art, the '50s & '60s, which took place on April 25, 1987 at the University Art Museum, Berkeley (now BAMPFA). The panel discussion was comprised of active participants in events of the 1950s and 60s and people well known for their incisive, challenging thoughts and creative output on this period. Introduced by exhibition curator Sidra Stich, the session panelists included UC...
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by BAMPFA
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Visiting Berkeley for his MATRIX 131 exhibition at the University Art Museum (now BAMPFA), September 15–November 17, 1989, German artist Stefan Kürten speaks with curator Larry Rinder about San Francisco, his artistic practice, and what it means to be an artist working away from home in a different country. He also talks about the differences between the art communities in San Francisco and Düsseldorf. Stefan Kürten's art borrows from traditions that might be labeled Romantic, Folk, or...
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During the exhibition On Painting: The Work of Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown (1992) at the University Art Museum in Berkeley (now BAMPFA), a series of talks was organized by Director of Education and Academic Relations Sherry Goodman. Sculptor Manuel Neri was invited to give a talk about Joan Brown, his former spouse (1962–1966) and artistic collaborator. They met at the San Francisco Art Institute and were members of the artist-run cooperative Six Gallery in San Francisco in the 1950s. This...
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Rupert Garcia, Enrique Chagoya, and Nathan Oliveira dig deep on the problems and contradictions of the Enlightenment as shown in the work of Francisco Goya and relate their personal awakenings as artists responding to the everyday political struggles in the U.S. and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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