Anthology Film Archives | 32 Second Avenue
Working and living between San Francisco and Austin, TX, Scott Stark has built up an unparalleled body of films and videos over the last 35 years. Armed with a sly and dry sense of humor, as well as an array of technical and conceptual strategies, each of Stark’s works is reliably unlike the one that preceded it. While many filmmakers labeled ‘experimental’ reject that term because it suggests they don’t have any control of their process or end result, Stark has said, “I’m very interested in accidents, imperfection, random events, things happening that I never could predict. I like to set up a situation, give it some parameters, and see what happens. I never liked the idea of creating a ‘message’; I like it when things happen beyond my control, things that surprise me and create meanings I never would have thought of.”
Stark is one of our most notable Super 8 artists, and the films he produced in the 1980s and 1990s exploited the possibilities and transcended the limitations of this small, often handheld medium. His singular work in video is equally rich and distinctly exploratory. For this series we present two programs of newly digitized Super 8 works from Stark’s voluminous back catalog along with a show of new and recent pieces, including the 16mm double projection film NOCTURNAL SYMMETRIES and the widely-celebrated, completely transfixing digital video THE REALIST.
All of the films and videos in Programs 1 & 2 have been digitized by Anthology Film Archives with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
11/9/85/LAS/VEGAS/NV (1985, 6 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
RESCISSION (1980, 6 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
DETECTOR (1987, 5 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
TIE FILM (1985, 3 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
LANGUAGE (1984, 6 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
URBAN ARCHEOLOGY #1 (1982, 11 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS (1993, 30 min, Super 8mm-to-digital)
Total running time: ca. 75 min.