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

Cade Bursell: Salt Lines. Filmmaker profile from AAFF

4 Oct

Crystal Palace is proud to screen SALT LINES by Cade Bursell. Read about Cade Bursell in this profile from the Ann Arbor Film Festival


Cade Bursell is an award winning media artist whose work has screened internationally. She received her MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Film Arts Foundation and SFSU. She currently teaches media arts production in the Cinema and Photography Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Her film SKATE won honorable mention at the 40th Ann Arbor Film Festival.



Q&A with Bobby Abate (“Gossip”) + curator talk with Liena Vayzman – Oct. 18

4 Oct

October 18, 7pm

ArtSpace  50 Orange St New Haven CT

Special festival screening, introduced by curator Liena Vayzman, followed by Q&A with Liena and artist Bobby Abate, whose film “Gossip” makes it New Haven premiere at Crystal Palace. 

More info on Bobby Abate’s films:   A New Haven native now living in Brooklyn, BOBBY ABATE  makes films and videos that fuse nostalgia, psychodrama, and spectacle with a distinctly modern resonance. His recent work, the occult themed LOVE ROSE (2010) and GOSSIP (2011) premiered at the New York Film Festival and his 1960’s era supernatural drama THE EVIL EYES (2011) won \aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film at the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Other exhibitions and screenings include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Moscow International Film Festival, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the ICA in London and Palm Beach. Critics celebrated his underground feature CERTAIN WOMEN co-directed with Peggy Ahwesh; and MOMA called the film “as sustained and as successful as Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Far From Heaven” with an “almost opposite approach.” Film Comment Magazine named Bobby one of the top 25 emerging FILMMAKERS FOR THE 21st CENTURY. Among other accolades, he is also the recipient of the Princess Grace Award. He is currently working on his first mainstream feature DRESSED IN BLACK with DAMSELS IN DISTRESS co-producer CHARLIE DIBE. 

Trailer: Lisboa, Portugal filmmaker Filipe Afonso’s “Atracados” (“Moored”)

4 Oct

Credits roll at the end of Filipe Afonso’s short film Atracados (Moored), premiering in New Haven at Crystal Palace. Installation photo: Liena Vayzman

Watch the TRAILER for ATRACADOS here: 

East Coast premiere: Jen Cohen’s Venus +X. Artist in attendance

4 Oct

Screen shot from the projection/installation of Venus+X by San Francisco video artist Jen Cohen. The 3 channel DV work is presented in a single channel version for Crystal Palace. East coast premiere!

East Coast premiere: Jessica Miller’s Polarity Convergence

3 Oct

Jessica Miller, Polarity Convergence (installation view).

Crystal Palace presents the EAST COAST PREMIERE of Jessica Miller’s POLARITY CONVERGENCE videos. For this series the artist cast herself as a “science-hobbyist, a non-expert investigating the planet’s rapidly changing climate. I adopted the language and logic of scientific inquiry, conducting experiments, simulating biologic processes, and recording my work as evidence. I devised the following symbolic color-coding system: blue = nature/cold, orange = industry/heat, and silver = science, the mediator between the two.”

Jessica Miller’s  videos “borrow an aesthetic born of DIY garages, homemade tinkering, and duct-taped aluminum foil gadgets. They are a messy attempt to avert climatic disaster by someone with dubious skills and a lack of formal training.”

Preview the videos here

Abigail Child’s Peripeteia II (1978) showing at Crystal Palace

3 Oct

We are proud to screen a hidden early gem of filmmaking from Abigail Child, recently preserved by Harvard…

Peripeteia II 1978, Film (16mm), 10min, color, silent.

“Extending from PERIPETEIA 1 – a navigation by light, contrasting the camera’s fixed sight with “in site” movement. A sculpture of glass, mirrors and film vies with the choreography of the cardinal points: dense shelter, rain, red emulsion. Filmed in the Oregon coastal forest, June.”

Award: SF Art Institute Film Festival, 1979

Distribution: Canyon Cinema

Join us Oct. 5 for opening reception at ArtSpace

3 Oct

Friday Oct. 5, 2012  5-8pm   Continual festival screenings

ArtSpace, 50 Orange St, New Haven CT

Free + open to the public

Part of City Wide Open Studios

Rebecca Najdowski – from Black Sun series

3 Oct

Still from Rebecca Najdowski’s Black Sun series

Casting a shadow on Kathleen Quillian’s Fin-de-Siecle

3 Oct

Casting a shadow on the projection of Kathleen Quillian’s Fin-de-Siecle animation (2011) at ArtSpace, New Haven.

Installation in progress! Marianne Bernstein snapped this photo of the shadow of curator Liena Vayzman cast on the projection of Kathleen Quillian’s 2011 crystal-themed animation, Fin-de-Siecle. San Francisco filmmaker Quillian and 19 others are featured in Crystal Palace.

Hello world!

3 Oct

Welcome to the blog for the CRYSTAL PALACE: 1st ArtSpace Experimental Film and Video Festival. We are launching the festival in New Haven, Connecticut USA as a platform to showcase experimental film and video at the intersection of art and science, filtered through the metaphor of crystals, gems, and glass.

The festival is curated by Liena Vayzman. Our Digital Media Intern is Minh Nguyen. Adminstrative support and the site for the first festival is provided by ArtSpace New Haven. Technical support is provided by our sponsor, the Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University.

More information is on the ArtSpace New Haven website: