Free Event

Wed, March 28, 12:30pm

Peter Rose: Juror Presentation

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

“Some of us work in a proximate relation with our intended audiences, speaking familiar languages so that the archetypes of our culture may be recognized; and some work out a self-creating interiority from which, if we are lucky, we bring back the shape of a newly imagined alphabet of feeling.  I find myself oscillating between these two agendas and find the dialectic a productive one, a reflection of the complex, contradictory nature of our times.” –Peter Rose

Since 1968, Philadelphia-based artist Peter Rose has made over thirty films, tapes, performances and installations. Many of the early works raise intriguing questions about the nature of time, space, light, and perception and draw upon Rose’s background in mathematics and on the influence of structuralist filmmakers. He subsequently became interested in language as a subject and in video as a medium and generated a substantial body of work that played with the feel and form of sense, concrete texts, political satire, oddball performance, and a kind of intellectual comedy. Recent video installations have involved a return to an examination of landscape, time, and vision.

Peter Rose has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally, having been included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Film Society at Lincoln Center, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Films Showing:

Incantation

(Peter Rose, 1970) 8 min

Using rapidly edited, superimposed images of plants, trees, water, the sun and the moon, Incantation weaves a dynamic tapestry of organic forms and textures, combining its images with a fierce...

Secondary Currents

(Peter Rose, 1982) 16 min

Secondary Currents is a film about the relationships between the mind and language. Delivered by an improbable narrator who speaks an extended assortment of nonsense, it is an "imageless" film...

The Man Who Could Not See Far Enough

(Peter Rose, 1981) 33 min

THE MAN WHO COULD NOT SEE FAR ENOUGH uses literary, structural, autobiographical, and performance metaphors to construct a series of tableaux that evoke the act of vision, the limits of...

The Gift

(Peter Rose, 1996) 6 min

The Gift, an audio drama, was commissioned by New American Radio and Performing Arts and was adapted from a serial bedtime story Rose told his daughter over a period of...

Odysseus in Ithaca

(Peter Rose, 2006) 5 min

Odysseus moors his boat in an alien architectural machine, a labyrinth with echoes of De Chirico and Escher- a place of mystery and power where the rules of visual perspective...

The Indeserian Tablets

(Peter Rose, 2011) 15 min

An annotated nocturnal portrait of a vanished culture- its stories, scripture, technology, religious practice, art and poetry as reconstructed from fragments found in the archive at Kiens. Offered in the...