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Cathy Cook – Bio - 2015 http://www.cathyccook.com cccook.wordpress.com Cathy C. Cook has been creating films, videos, poetry films, animation, collages and installations since the very early 1980’s. Cook's new project (see Projects) takes her to the largest migration locations for Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes to create the Cranes in Motion project. In 2012 and 2014 she received research grants from UMBC and the IRC to develop and produce this multi-media collection of works. This near... more

The "Cranes in Motion" Project

The "Cranes in Motion" Project is a collection of several hybrid media projects that document, explore and artistically interpret the fascinating dynamics of crane culture in an effort to understand this unique species and our shared ecosystems.

Part of Phase I includes a sequence, titled: “Prehistoric Resurrection” where a 3-D animated crane skeleton emerges from an actual photo of a 12 million year-old fossil that then transforms into motion and flies away. This animation visually connects prehistoric references to crane survival and longevity through the beauty of movement and the tools of technology. Building on a collaboration with the Imaging Research Center at UMBC, Phase II, in final exhibition form, aims to transform this animated video image into a large-scale interactive projection allowing the viewer to interact with a life-sized animated crane that mimics the viewer’s motions.

In final exhibition form, this multi-media installation artwork will include: audio recordings, HD video, photos, drawings, animations and artifacts.

"Cranes in Motion" - Elements
• Crane Skeleton Animation (prehistoric references)
• Crane “Motion Paintings” (formal and poetic movement)
• Interactive Crane Installation / Mimic (phase II)
• Photos series: Extreme Close Ups, textures and feather patterns.
• Sound Collages
• Additional projections with 3-D sculptural elements.

Credits - "Cranes in Motion" Project
• Cathy Cook, Director /Artist / Cinematographer
• Deborah Firestone, Artist / 3-D Animator
• Paul Dickinson, Sound Recordist
• Gionatan Tecle, Post-Production Assistant
• Ryan Zuber, Technical Director of Animation, IRC
• Mark Jarzynski, (Phase II) Technical Director, IRC

Research Support
• The Field Museum - Chicago, IL.
• International Crane Foundation (ICF), Baraboo, WI.
• U. of Nebraska State Museum Archives - Lincoln, NE.
• Rowe Sanctuary - Audubon, NE.
• Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - Laurel, MD.

Collaborators
• Imaging Research Center
• UMBC Department of Visual Arts

"Cranes in Motion" project - Mimicking Whooper and Crane Photos: Phase 2

Mimicking Whooper and Crane Photos:
“Cranes in Motion.” This project, a hybrid of documentary, animation, photographs, sound and experimental digital video (DV), explores the fascinating dynamics of crane culture in an effort to understand this unique species. I have extensively researched (2012 – 2015) the natural history of cranes and documented the Sandhill and the Whooping Cranes in their home and migrating environments. The final exhibition will be shown in galleries, museums and site-specific exhibition spaces, furthering a collaboration of visual arts and natural sciences through this cross-disciplinary project.

Phase 3, currently underway, is the exhibition of the following elements: 1) the 3-D animation, “Prehistoric Resurrection” and the interactive “Mimicking Whooper” projection; 2) a photo series of extreme close-ups of bones, textures and feather patterns of cranes; 3) sound collages of the crane’s distinct primeval calls, and 4) several crane “Motion Paintings” -- formal and poetic movement in digital video.

  • Crane Bone

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 28”x 38”, 2015
  • Mimicking Whooper, Phase 2 TEST - Cranes in Motion project

    These elements will form one all-encompassing exhibit; an immersive interdisciplinary and multi-media installation, with each element capable of being exhibited separately. A ‘premiere’ exhibition of the “Cranes in Motion” project has been scheduled and confirmed for February/March 2016 at VisArts in Rockville, MD, in its 1,500 square foot Kaplan Gallery. This initial exhibition will garner additional support and funding, and will pave the way for more prestigious exhibition venues.
  • Take Off

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 28”x 38”, 2015
  • Let's Dance

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 28”x 38”, 2015
  • Sandhill Deco

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 28”x 38”, 2015
  • Membrane Eyelid

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 36”x 44”, 2015
  • Crane Claw

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 24”x 30”, 2015
  • Crane Eye

    Archival pigment inkjet print, 37”x 74”, 2015

IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

The Film -
IMMORTAL CUPBOARD: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

Living for years in the solitude of rural Wisconsin, poet and experimental writer Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), chose what many might see as a lonely path. But out of her very deliberate and austere lifestyle came a poetics of observation so acute that some literary critics have described her as the 20th century’s Emily Dickinson.

Taking cues from Niedecker’s work and the Wisconsin heritage they share, experimental filmmaker Cathy Cook combines original live-action footage, animation, archival images and the poet’s only audio interview to unfurl the poet’s psychological and physical landscape. Through a repetition of images, text and sounds that mirror Niedecker’s own processes and forms, Cook gives new voice and visibility to the extraordinary works of this very private poet.

Niedecker’s ruminations on nature, history, ecology, gender, domesticity, work, culture, family and social politics find new life in the sensitive cinematic interpretations of fellow artist, Cathy Cook, whose own critical and original aesthetics constitute a broad and refreshing challenge to the conventions of both documentary film and the cine-biography. Niedecker and Cook meet up on a path not taken and IMMORTAL CUPBOARD is Cook’s report back from way down that path.

Director: Cathy Cook, TRT - 73 minutes. 16mm Film to Digital Video (DVD).
Poetry, Letters and Quotes: Lorine Niedecker.
Actress: Julie Lindemann
Actor: Arthur Techlow

Appropriate Audiences: Artists, Media Artists, Poets & Writers, Nature enthusiasts, Women Studies and Literary enthusiasts.

Beyond Voluntary Control and 4 additional shorts

Beyond Voluntary Control conveys the experience of psychological and physical confinement. Through a surreal montage of haunting images from diverse sources, a sense of the obsessions, phobias, and diseases that constrict personal freedom is tellingly communicated. Dancer David Figueroa contributes his original and evocative movements to the mix. A soundtrack with poems by Emily Dickinson and Sharon Olds escorts the visual, and an interview with the filmmaker’s mother poignantly underscores the latter’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

- lock yourself in, let yourself go -

Additional Short Films:

A Fish Out of Water
Ahhh... Asphalt! Site Specific
Both Towers Have Fallen
Fire

  • Beyond Voluntary Control

    Beyond Voluntary Control conveys the experience of psychological and physical confinement. Through a surreal montage of haunting images from diverse sources, a sense of the obsessions, phobias, and diseases that constrict personal freedom is tellingly communicated. Dancer David Figueroa contributes his original and evocative movements to the mix. A soundtrack with poems by Emily Dickinson and Sharon Olds escorts the visual, and an interview with the filmmaker’s mother poignantly underscores the latter’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease. - lock yourself in, let yourself go -

Entrails & Leftovers

My exhibition, Entrails & Leftovers, reflects my intrigue with nature’s elegant beauty and the changes that evolve within ecosystems where humans and animals clash and co-exist.

From August 2011 through summer 2012, I lived alone on a small lake in North Central Wisconsin. This rural environment is primarily dedicated to farming, recreation and hunting, but also designated as wetlands and the home to abundant wildlife.

In the span of this year, I spontaneously observed and documented human and animal interaction. On daily dog walks, I was simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by butchered farm chickens, hidden animal carcasses and deer innards left by hunters. The decaying of a freshly killed deer for me became a still life evolving over seasons.

This lake area became my Walden Pond.

The Match That Started My Fire and Other Gurly Shorts (A collection of 7 films on DVD)

The Match That Started My Fire (1992, 20:00, 16mm)
This unconventional comedy explores women’s sexuality through candid stories of sexual discoveries, fantasies and pleasures. Visually stunning, yet unnerving, the film is a visual montage of found industrial films and original footage of swirling skirts, monumental machinery, ocean life, and befuddled reaction shots. The phone rings and the girl-talk begins: secrets emerge and confessions build as the audience is taken on an adventure of sensual humor.

“The Match.... is a joyous hymn to the female orgasm"
- ADRIAN MARTIN, 1992 MELBOURNE Film Fest.

Other Gurly Shorts:

June Brides - Directors: Cathy Cook and Claudia Looze (1987, 10:00, 16mm, Color)
Ass Dance - (1999, 40 seconds, Video)
Mother Nature - (1996, 5:00, 16mm)
Flight Cancelled-Squirrel (2002, 2:20, Video)
Bust-Up - (1989, 7:00, 16mm, B & W)
Girl Watcher - (1988), 1:00, Video)

Mother Nature

Bust Up

Cook's Book of Poetry Films

A collection of 11 Film Poems on one compilation DVD.

Live–Action & Animation. Poems By:
Jen Benka, Emily Dickinson, Cathy Cook & Shakespeare.
Cook - Director / Animator / Writer / Producer / Editor

Poetry Films:

Emily and Liberace # 1763 - (1:45 min, 16mm film transferred to DV) poetry: Emily Dickinson
#536 - Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Timeline - Poetry: Cathy Cook
Fire - (about the fear and obsession with fire) Poetry: Cathy Cook
tar guys - (2006, 5 min, S-8 film to DV) Poetry: Cathy Cook
ball - (2004, S-8 to DV) about a dog and her ball.
Inside Underneath - (2005, film/DV, 2 min) Poetry: Jen Benka
Flight Cancelled - (Squirrel) (2002, video, 2 min) A video
poem/performance starring Sprocket the dog
Say What?! - (1994, 16mm to video, 3 min Cameraless Animation)
A Deed Without a Name - (1993, 16mm to video, 2 min Animation)
26+ (1983, 6min, 16mm Cameraless Animation)

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