Poetry

1996
Lost Book Found

The result of over five years of Super-8 and 16mm filming on New York City streets, Lost Book Found melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life. The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives. The project stems from the filmmaker's first job in New York—working as a pushcart vendor on Canal Street.

2010
Medusa's Gaze

Ripe fruit in sweaty socks; soft eyes, stained and suffering in the origin of consciousness, and a soul needing refrigeration, for it has nearly gone bad!

 

 

2012
Meltdown

Waiting to die and waiting to live is the same thing to him that chants: "Let me not be mad... let me not be MAD... LET ME NOT BE MAD!"

-- Mike Kuchar

2011
Midnight Carnival

Revelers at a masquerade ball enter an UnderWorld of guilt, vice, pain, chaos and redemption.

-- Mike Kuchar

2011
Midnight Suite

Run, unholy woman; your passions deceive you!

-- Mike Kuchar

2007

In this interview, American writer, artist, performer Eileen Myles (b.1949) discusses the various philosophies that motivate her work, including the language of film, embodied performance, and the alienation evoked by bodily vulgarity. Myles links her wide range of artistic and literary practice with notions of abstraction, improvisation, and the mythology of gender, which she explores in relation to her own identity as a working, middle-class lesbian woman. She reflects on the significance of geographical locations, both New York City and San Diego, on her art, and shares how her past struggles with addiction have shaped her life and practice.

2014
New Beginnings

He was born from the Maker's rib, - asked into existence...made Human for another step in the 'Dance.'

2015

"On a night alive with shadows, he can't walk around for fear of stepping on doubts, mistakes and sins."

—Mike Kuchar

1993
Nomads

“I fear nomads. I am afraid of them and afraid for them too.”

—Jane Bowles, “Camp Cataract” in My Sister’s Hand in Mine (New York: Ecco Press, 1978)

2009
Obsessive

A boy endures sleepless nights of desire and obsession in this haunting visualization of erotic possession.

2011

In this diptych, Yi-Ching Chen plays the lowest possible sound on her tuba and Magenheimer's own electronically synthesized voice sings a letter that Ada Byron, the world's first computer programmer, wrote to her mother. In the letter she describes what it felt like to discover the extraordinary power of her own vast intellect.

Text excerpted from a letter Ada Byron wrote to her mother.

2010
Opal Essence

He sighs for strange and hidden cities whose walls are pink stone, inlaid with opals, ebony and silver, and for altars where the body is worshiped under the shrine of night.

2014
Perplexities, Mike Kuchar

...If a person can get "sick of living in the same old place," - then why not "sick of the same old skin" !?!  -- Mike Kuchar 

2006
A Poem for Summer

Dark, domestic tensions need the cleansing rays of a bright summer afternoon.

2014
RatNest

On the horizon, beyond their reach lies the shores of Poetry, and beneath their feet the chaos of Hell!

"Kuchar’s RatNest was similarly at play, as the programme’s title captures, albeit in the more claustrophobic surrounds of the avant-garde poetry scene. Full of anachronistic video work (screen peels, neon frames) and stagily amateurish performances, RatNest is unabashedly fun and funny, a rare quality in experimental cinema..."

Sophie Mayer, Bodies and Film: Experimenta 2015 at the London Film Festival, www.bfi.org.uk