“Here is Always Somewhere Else” 3/13

Norbert Tan, VC Foundation director reminds us:The Ventura College Spring 2008 Arts and Lecture Series continues with the screening of the 2006 documentary “Here is Always Somewhere Else,” followed by a discussion with Mary Sue Anderson, Ader’s widow, and filmmaker Rene Daalden, on March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in lecture hall UV1 on the Ventura College campus.

As seen through the eyes of fellow emigrant filmmaker Rene Daalder, the picture becomes a sweeping overview of contemporary art films as well as an epic saga of the transformative powers of the ocean. The film features artists Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Marcel Broodthaers, Ger van Elk, Charles Ray, Wim T. Schippers, Chris Burden, Fiona Tan, Pipilotti Rist and many others. The film has been nominated for numerous awards at film festivals around the world.

The event is FREE .
More about Bas Jan Ader:
Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) was last seen in 1975 when he took off in what would have been the smallest sailboat ever to cross the Atlantic. He left behind a small oeuvre, or life’s work, often using gravity as a medium, which more than 30 years after his disappearance at sea is more influential than ever before. As is noted on the website, http://basjanader.com, “Few artists have inspired as many homages by other filmmakers as the work of Bas Jan Ader, who went from obscurity during his own lifetime to being a major influence in today’s art world.”

Bas Jan Ader was born to idealistic ministers in the Dutch Reformed Church on April 19, 1942. His father was executed by the Nazis for harboring Jewish refugees when Ader was only two years old. A rebellious student, he failed art school at the Rietveld Academy, where friend Ger van Elk recalls that he would use a single piece of paper for the entire semester, erasing his drawings as soon as they were finished. At the age of 19 he hitchhiked to Morocco, where he signed on as a deckhand on a yacht heading for America.

The yacht shipwrecked off the coast of California, and Ader stayed in Los Angeles where he enrolled at Otis Art Institute. There he met Mary Sue Andersen, the daughter of the director of the school. They married in Las Vegas, where he used a set of crutches to symbolically prop himself up during the ceremony. Ader then taught art and studied philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. In 1970 he entered the most productive period of his career, beginning with his first fall film, which showed him seated on a chair, tumbling from the roof of his two-story house in the Inland Empire.

In 1975 Ader embarked on what he called “a very long sailing trip.” The voyage was to be the middle part of a triptych called “In Search of the Miraculous,” a daring attempt to cross the Atlantic in a 12� foot sailboat. He claimed it would take him 60 days to make the trip, or 90 if he chose not to use the sail. Six months after his departure, his boat was found, half-submerged off the coast of Ireland, but Bas Jan had vanished.

More about Filmmaker Rene Daalder:
Starting out as a conventional filmmaker, Rene Daalder has written and directed six feature films as well as numerous television and music related projects in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. In his native Holland, he worked as a team with Jan de Bont, made numerous films with Dutch documentary filmmaker Frans Bromet, and wrote several screenplays with architect Rem Koolhaas. Together they made some highly acclaimed, award-winning movies, culminating in Daalder’s feature film, “The White Slave.”

Often operating at the cutting edge of his medium and heavily involved with special effects, software development and music, Rene Daalder has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer of virtual reality and digital motion picture technologies. His Los Angeles based company, American Scenes Inc, consults for computer imaging studios all over the world and develops technology-driven TV show formats (i.e. the real time-animated series, “Jungle Jury,” to be broadcast in the fall of 2005 by Avro TV in the Netherlands).

A man of many firsts, he developed digital filmmaking tools and movie projects at the Computer Graphics Lab (at the New York Institute of Technology), which spawned the CGI medium as we know it today, from SGI computers to Toy Story’s Pixar and George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. He made the first virtual reality film for European TV (Centipede); the first feature film shot in Sony Digital High Definition (Habitat, starring Tcheky Karyo and Alice Krige); the first long form narrative music video for MTV (Supertramp’s Grammy nominated Brother Where You Bound?); the first sequence to use real time animation in a movie (Robocop 2); and he was one of the creators of the seminal punk rock movie, “The Great Rock&Roll Swindle.”

His teenage cult classic, “Massacre at Central High,” acknowledged as one of the most influential films ever to deal with high school terror, will be re-released in 2006, along with his science fiction drama, “Hysteria,” starring Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction).

As a writer, Grammy-nominated director (and sometime music producer), he worked with a wide range of muscians and bands, from the Sex Pistols to Supertramp, and from Metallica to Beck and Bob Dylan.

Among the movies for which Daalder created computer effects and consulted, are “Robocop II,” “Lawnmower Man,” Michael Apted’s “Blink,” “Brainscan” and the X-Files TV series. With programmer Pierre Jasmin, he developed the original software that gave “What Dreams May Come” its Oscar winning painterly look.

The above information on Daalder is from: www:
dma.ucla.edu/events/calendar.php?ID=439

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