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EVOLUTION — Main performances and screenings

The Linacre Studio | The Opera North Centre | 8 Harrison Street | Leeds, LS1 6PA | U.K.

Curated by Mark Webber

SCREENING SAT 26 MAY 2007 3.30 - 5PM

Aldo Tambellini: Black Is, film still
Black Is, Aldo Tambellini, film still

As a key figure of the 1960s Lower East Side arts scene, Aldo Tambellini used a variety of media for social and political communication. In the age of Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller, Tambellini manipulated new technology in an exploration of the “psychological re-orientation of man in the space age.” He presented immersive, multi-media environments and, having made his first experimental video as early as 1966, participated in early collaborations between artists and broadcast television.

His dynamic Black Film Series (1965-69) extends from total abstraction to footage of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and black teenagers in Coney Island. Tambellini worked directly on the film strip with chemicals, paint and ink, scratching, scraping, and intercutting material from industrial films, newsreels and TV. Abrasive, provocative and turbulent, the series is a rapid-fire response to the beginning of the information age and a world in flux. “Black to me is like a beginning … Black is within totality, the oneness of all. Black is the expansion of consciousness in all directions.”  Aldo Tambellini will introduce and discuss his early work in film and video.


Black Is — 1965, 16mm, b/w, sound, 4mins
Black Trip #1 — 1965, 16mm, b/w, sound, 5mins
Blackout — 1965, 16mm, b/w, sound, 9mins
Black Plus X — 1966, 16mm, b/w, sound, 9mins
Black Trip #2 — 1967, 16mm, b/w, sound, 3mins
Moonblack — 1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 14mins
Black TV — 1968, 2 x 16mm, b/w, sound, 10mins (double screen)
ABC-TV Interview — 1967, video, b/w, sound, 3mins
Black — (excerpt from The Medium is the Medium) 1969, 6mins, video, sound, b/w