In this interview, Bill Robbins talks about the tremendous influence of Clary Illian on his work. Robbins lives in easterm Iowa and annually travels an arts festival circuit selling his work. He built a studio and kiln on his rural property after converting some of the land to a wildlife prairie. Robbins has an Andy Warhol quote on his refrigerator that sums up his philosophy to art: "I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own."
Beth Lambert apprenticed with Clary Illian after meeting her at a workshop in Arkansas. In the video, Lambert declares of her mentor, "She made me a potter." See her work at Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/betlamb Beth Lambert Pottery
This video is one of the special features to be presented on the DVD "A Year in the Life." Here, Clary Illian describes her earliest influences, including her apprenticeship with Bernard and Janet Leach in the UK. She also demonstrates some techniques on the wheel. This video shows her first attempt at wheel-thrown pottery after she broke her wrist in February, 2008. Music by Hot Club of Davenport More info at http://www.atomburke.com
Through five decades Clary Illian has sustained herself on her pottery studio production. While walking her dog in 2008 she fell on an icy sidewalk and was sidelined for two months. As she recovered, she began scaling back her studio practice. This is the story of her semi-retirement. - http://www.atomburke.com
Featuring a new song called "Play the Part" by unsigned band the Oliver Twists, this experimental video uses studio session performance and interviews to explore song-writing. Music video? Aesthetic ethnography? Behind the scenes studio session performance? Song-writing secrets? Creative juices? It's all flowing in this experimental video that combines musical performance and interviews about song-writing. The Oliver Twists are a trio from Davenport, Iowa comprised of Jamey Cummins, Phil Pracht, and Aiden Landman. In this video, they perform and talk about their new song, "Play the Part." Cameras, editing, recording and directoring by Eric Stone, Pat Stolley, Chris Bernat and Atom Burke Shot on location in beautiful Davenport, IA Special thanks to The Oliver Twists for indulging our cameras and questions http://www.myspace.com/theolivertwistsmusic http://atomburke.com
"Clap Jordan" Chrash song from the album: The Name May Change "Thunder clap trap..." http://www.myspace.com/chrashmusic http://atomburke.com
Winet, a professor of Intermedia in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, has followed U.S. presidential elections since the 1984 National Democratic Convention in San Francisco. He first covered events using photography to document candidates and voters, but now he captures elements of the events using digital cameras to take stills and record video to create "new media" art. Iowa Independent cameras caught him embedded in the front lines of the press corps at the Johnson County Democrats' barbecue and then at a Rudy Giuliani speech on the University of Iowa campus. Last week, he sat down for an interview and to talk about his next project: The Electoral College.
This is footage I made for a show called "Underground Live." There is a little footage at the end from another of the "Underground" crew- DJames. Recorded February 5, 2002 with DJ Niko We met Niko in Iowa City and last I heard he was in Washington DC. He made music from his PC, but once I saw him play a teakettle and an iron onstage at an experimental music concert. This particular show's visual theme was "technology." I found some old computer boards for a backdrop and some Muybridge animations to choreograph. The Rorschach test looking footage is a sparkler that was mirrored, flipped, keyed, slowed and probably some other effects. Final Cut! yeah .
Legendary documentarian George Stoney is interviewed in this April 2004 episode of "Live & Local." Born in 1917, he began making films in 1953. He is referred to as the "godfather of Public Access" for his efforts to bring video to the people. Stoney is still making films and teaches at NYU. He was in Iowa City as a juror for the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival. This interview was taped at PATV in Iowa City.