Monday, March 16, 2009

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] artists as inventors/ Schöffer

There are two 16mm films about some of Schöffer's works, these are
distributed by Light Cone (distribution co.) in Paris.

There are also some good shots of one of his kinetic sculptures in the
film Turn, Turn, Turn by Jud Yalkut and USCO (1966), color, sound, 10
min. This film has been described as "A kinetic alchemy of the light
and electronic works of Nicolas Schoffer, Julio Le Parc, USCO, and Nam
June Paik."

That film can be rented from Light Cone or Filmmaker's Coop, New York.
It was recently preserved by Center for Visual Music, and also is in
our curated traveling program, Rare Classics of Visual Music.

This April London symposium may be of interest to some list members -
I'll be screening Turn, Turn, Turn (and other films from CVM,
including some made by artist/inventors) at The Tate Modern's Expanded
Cinema symposium, April 17-19, 2009. (This screening with T,T, T is
currently scheduled for the afternoon of the 19th)

best regards,
Cindy Keefer
Center for Visual Music

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 2:25 AM, Jean-Noël Montagné <> wrote:
> A dozen pages about relations between Nicolas Schöffer and inventions in
> this review from 2006
> page 43 to 65, in french. Schöffer has registered several patents for his
> cybernetic sculptures, installations , environements and architectures. Many
> machines for sound, brain or visuals from the sixties still work, some need
> restoration. The most famous (and simple)  of his dreaming machines was the
> Lumino, build by Philips in USA and France.
> One of his patents, about one light kinetic sculpture and system for
> projecting on large surfaces in architecture:
> Schöffer, Nicolas 'Optical Projection System and Device for Creating Mobile
> Projected Images'. Patent no. 1.168.155. Requested in Paris on 14 December
> 1956
> 'These projections can be used in all sorts of spectacles as decoration, or
> may by themselves constitute a spectacle, in the cinema, in the application
> of architectural mural colouring, on interior or exterior surfaces, in all
> genres of advertising, in decoration, in sculpture, in the prolongation of
> the sight of a sculpture by its shadow projected in black, in grey or in
> colour, statically or in movement on all types of screens characterised in
> chapter 2 of the present descriptive record. These projections may also be
> conceived as part of mobile paintings of some sort.'
> The Schöffer archives are in Villa des Arts in Paris, and Eleonore Schöffer,
> his wife, and Maude Ligier, specialist of NS, will help you to find
> documents if you need some for publication
> Jean-Noël Montagné
> _______________________________________________

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