Crystal Palace at SUNY Center for Digital Arts, Peekskill NY

15 Nov

State University of New York – Westchester Community College, Center for Digital Arts

Peekskill, New York

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Introductory Talk by Festival Curator Liena Vayzman

Join us for a talk by Liena Vayzman and the screening of work from the Crystal Palace Experimental Film and Video Festival. This is a cutting edge film and video art presentation organized on the theme of the crystalline. This program will introduce audiences to up and coming and established avant-garde film and video artists. The crystal-themed, crystallizing, and multi-faceted video art and experimental films in this festival take as points of departure the cultural, scientific, spiritual, and mathematical associations of crystals, gems, and glass. Crystal balls and handmade prisms, shamanic journeys and Indian salt mines, psychedelic Crystal Light drink mix and Victorian animation, mirrors on 16mm and windows on HD — and even crystals grown on a celluloid filmstrip—all glimmer on our magic screen.

The first festival is originated at ArtSpace New Haven.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required.  


New News

18 Oct

A few updates on the Crystal Palace front…

  • Be sure to come out to ArtSpace this evening (October 18th) at 7pm for a special screening of our films featuring a curator + artist talk..
  • Also, we have a new Facebook page, so go ahead and ‘like us’ to keep on top of added screenings and artist updates.

See you tonight at ArtSpace!

Shana Moulton rocks! er.. crystals!

4 Oct

Shana Moulton’s character in Whispering Pines #8 yearns for spiritual enlightenment

Shana Moulton’s Whispering Pines #8. Installation photos: Liena Vayzman


Shana Moulton’s Whispering Pines #8 projected at Crystal Palace


Neo-Victorian animation by Kathleen Quillian

4 Oct

Kathleen Quillian’s Fin-de-Siecle (2011) – crystals, seances, and spiritism.

Kathleen Quillian’s Fin-de-Siecle projected at the Crystal Palace screening room. Photo: Liena Vayzman

Michael Lasater “Crossing Berlin 1927”

4 Oct

Kosmos + Energie from Berlin’s Thorsten Fleisch

4 Oct

Thorsten Fleisch electro-shocked photographic paper with 30,000 volts of electricity to produce individual images such as this one, compiled into the film ENERGIE!


Watch Energie:  (warning: flashing strobe-like effects)

“From a mere technical point of view the TV/video screen comes alive by a controlled beam of electrons in the cathode ray tube. For ‘Energie!’ an uncontrolled high voltage discharge of 30.000 volts exposes multiple sheets of photographic paper which are then arranged in time to create new visual systems of electron organization.”

Music by Jens Thiele.

Shambhavi Kaul, Scene 32

4 Oct

Scene 32
Shambhavi Kaul | Durham, NC | 6 minutes
The salt fields of Central Kutch are examined through High Definition video and hand processed Hi contrast 16mm film to become another thing altogether: neither a specific location in India nor its representation, but a rebuilt world of precipices and gullies, untouchable textures and unfathomable scale.

Still from Scene 32 by Shambhavi Kaul