Craig Baldwin (b. 1952)



Science in Action! A Craig Baldwin Retrospective
  1. When the Eyes Flash! 5:56
  2. In April, 1987 2:23
  3. The Wrath of God! 1:25
  4. A Hidden Planet... 1:02
  5. An Elite Corps 0:12
  6. (:12) 0:12
  7. (:20) 0:20
  8. Refuge in the Hollow Interior 0:13
  9. Mate w/ Snakes! 0:30
  10. The Blaze! 0:04
  11. (:06) 0:06
  12. Into the Brains of Humans 0:09
  13. I Shall Drain Your Minds! 0:16
  14. ... Their Own Excrement 0:31
  15. ...As Permeable as Paper Towels 0:10
  16. Ever More Hideous Forms 0:35
  17. "This One Got Out Of Hand" 0:23
  18. (:20) 0:20
  19. "Karl!" 0:11
  20. Look Well at the Rainbow! 0:33
  21. The Earth... 0:19
  22. Cibola 0:19
  23. "Open the Gates!" 1:55
  24. One of Those Early Spanish Bad Guys 0:28
  25. (:37) 0:36
  26. Bizarre Beings 0:14
  27. "And Who Did He Find Here?" 1:17
  28. A Breath-Taking View (Go Ahead Neil) 0:33
  29. Cibola 0:04
  30. Almost Impossible to Imagine 0:36
  31. One of God's Greatest Handiworks 0:16
  32. Hallucination Sequence 1 1:01
  33. Hallucination Sequence 2 2:59
  34. DADADADADADADADADADADADADADA 0:44
  35. Dear Casey... 1:17
  36. Sock It to Me Baby 0:54
  37. Let's Find Out What's On 3:49
  38. Jam! 0:04
  39. "We're Gonna Take a Break." 0:40
  40. This Might Be the Music Business 1:53
  41. It's Totally Illegal 5:33
  42. "Lisa Said a Dirty Word!" 0:19
  43. What Can Be Next? 0:28
  44. Entirely Illegal 2:07
  45. Sub Commandante Marcos 0:57
  46. Fellow Earthlings 1:32
  47. ... the first words 1:08
  48. A Single Photon 1:42
  49. She's Only a Dream 0:07
  50. A Subject So Vast 1:44
  51. Invisible Rays-Invisible Objects 2:10
  52. TV Tesla! 2:00
  53. The Heavenly Choir 0:25
  54. What About the Future??? 1:09
  55. (Sometimes It's Most Painful) 0:36
  56. A Brilliant White Flash 0:23
  57. Here I Come Grandma! 4:52


Science in Action! A Craig Baldwin Retrospective
Presented by San Francisco Cinemateque
100 pressings, accompanying the booklet "Science in Action", commemorating the life and work (so far!) of San Francisco film maker Craig Baldwin.


"Over the course of the past 20 years, Craig Baldwin has developed a "collage-essay" filmmaking practice, a scavenging that retrieves images and sounds from the trash-heap of the American film industry and re-purposes them into black-comic critiques of institutions of power, control, and assimilation.

Working outside of official funding channels, Baldwin instead hunts-and-gathers in flea markets, garage sales, and the debris boxes behind film labs for old, discarded celluloid in what he calls an obsessive "media archaeology" project. Fragments from the found material are pieced together in new ensembles, creating a playful puzzle-effect that multiplies possible meanings, simultaneously referring to both the original context of the footage, and also to its new signification within the re-mix.

Inspired by the montage theories of Dziga Vertov and the early Soviet vanguard, the photomontage work of Dadaist John Heartfield, the anti-art provocations of Guy DeBord and the Situationists, and the graphic energy of Robert Rauschenberg and the Pop Artists, Baldwin undertook cinema studies at San Francisco State University under funk-artist Bruce Conner during a period of political protest and punk revolt.

But Baldwin's intention was to go beyond the visual aesthetics of Conner and the other film collagists - to, in fact, "complicate" that tradition with a documentary/essay agenda that uses extensive historical research in its spoke, printed, and (found) narration."


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