When “9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering” happened in 1966, there was a good amount of documentary footage. Some of that was subsequently released, most famously in the DVD release of Robert Rauschenberg’s Open Score. But a lot of it was unfinished until recently.
SIFFX, the new media festival within the Seattle International Film Festival, will be premiering three of those recently completed documentaries. Directed by Barbro Schultz Lundestam and produced by Julie Martin, the films were brought to Seattle by 9e2 stalwart and media historian Robin Oppenheimer. Providing a historical background to today’s work in new media, the three films highlighting the 1966 “9 Evenings” work of Robert Whitman, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton. You can get background information on each of the three individual performances at the 9e2 history page. Click the thumbnails to access the individual histories.
The three films are showing at the SIFF Film Center in the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms, on Friday June 3 at 2 pm. Here is where to get tickets. And there’s a panel discussion at 10:30 Friday morning, “What’s Old is New,” which will, as Robin puts it, “give an overview of 60s art and technology ideas and artists (Expanded Cinema, Intermedia, VanderBeek) that give context to the 9 Evenings and VR.” The whole SIFFX festival has a lot of overlap with 9e2. Also check out Robin’s panel discussion Feminism 360°, about questions of feminism in the growing world of VR, on Saturday morning, June 4.