Moving pictures

A one-hour film I made in 2017 based on an on-air radio work and home movies appears as Open Anything without altering its form on my vimeo channel. At Steve Benson on vimeo, I will continue to post any video material I make, like watching moving water.

A 25-minute video I made, using the sound and images from a reading I gave in Rockland, ME, in 2014, appears in YouTube as What Is Empty.

unfinished & perfectly still: Four excerpts from a 35-minute 2010 improvisatory collaborative work planned and performed at the Poetry Project in New York City by the Jon Raskin Quintet as a musical ensemble, Konrad Steiner as a filmic montage and projection artist, and Steve Benson as voice-over.

At my PennSound page you will find five very different videos documenting complete public improvisatory performances:

    • 02 05 2008 reading of an unpublished essay, with technical and other difficulties, at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY,
    • 02 14 2009 work in which I silently read a series of notes while improvising simultaneously on voice and on a keyboard, using a microphone and projection to present these to audience at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, filmed by Brandon Downing, production by Konrad Steiner,
    • 03 14 2009 performance of a closing talk at the Medium and Margin conference in the Maude Fife Room at Berkeley, CA, filmed by Konrad Steiner (Note:  A transcript, with photographs from the video, appears in pages 274-285 of Vlak2, which can be read online), after signing into issuu’s website
    • 03 20 2010 performance of “unfinished and perfectly still,” a collaboration with filmmaker Konrad Steiner and with the Jon Raskin Quartet, and
    • “A moment on life, or not,” Robert Withers’s film edition of my 02 16 2013 Segue reading, with Ariel Goldberg’s unusual introduction to it.

Syd Staiti has posted rice-paper-moonlight, a terrific video she created with her own camera, my October 2003 improvisation recorded at the Discrete Series in Chicago, and an equally long song by Jacki-O Motherfucker.