Manipulated Image #5: Live performance by Rand and Rudy, Plus Videos by Miller and O’Finn

June 26, 2009
8:30 - 10:30pm
@ the Santa Fe Complex

New media artist and VJ, Peter Rand, will be showing recent sound films and performing live with special guest Paul Rudy on June 26th at the complex. Screenings will include Dennis H. Miller's fascinating abstract animations with his musical compositions, and New York artist, Donald O'Finn's "feverishly edited encyclopedically strange video collages."

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

Peter Rand (Albuquerque)

Peter Rand's obsession with film and video began with a super-8 camera, a cassette four-track, and a movie about washing dishes. Since then, he's completed countless short videos, documentaries, and media presentations; In early 2004, he got his hands on a video mixer and a set of projectors and started VJing in and around Washington state. Now, a professional VJ and resident to New Mexico, Peter focuses on bringing a poignant narrative to his work in new media. In general, Peter’s art can be considered eclectic, both in concept and design. Some pieces are rooted in traditional cinematic techniques, while others incorporate the usage of physically interactive spaces and apparatus. Some are meant to promote social awareness, and some are meant for his mother. He teaches art to underserved populations in and around Albuquerque, and is in the process of completing a collection of sound films.

- "Narrative of Idea"
- live performance with composer, Paul Rudy

Paul Rudy (University of Missouri at Kansas City)

Paul Rudy (1962) is a life-long student whose music encompasses the desert, the kitchen, inside, and outback, to chamber and orchestral. A fascination with sound has led from instrumental works to radio programs in London and Aspen Colorado, to interactive, installation, and cinematic works, with, and without visuals. Rudy has received awards from the Guggenheim (2008), Fulbright (1997) and Wurlitzer Foundations, Sounds Electric ’07 Competition (1st Prize), Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition (including a 2008 commission), EMS (Sweden 1st Prize), Citta di Udine (Prize ex aequo), SEAMUS, Meet the Composer, the American Composer’s Forum, SCI, National Music Teacher’s Association and the Missouri Music Teacher’s Association. He promotes the music of living composers by curating concerts Internationally and lectures widely on the analysis of non-notated sonic art, sound in film and timbral practice. He teaches at the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he received the 2008 Kauffman Award for Artistic Excellence. He has an avid interest in bicycling, hiking, camping, and mountaineering. In 1994 he completed the Colorado Grand Slam after climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks and still hopes some day to go above 20,000 ft. Rudy’s Healing Journey CD’s In lake’ch and Kuxan suum are available on iTunes.

Dennis H. Miller (Northeastern University in Boston)

Miller received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and is currently on the Music faculty of Northeastern University in Boston where he heads the Music Technology program. Miller is also the founder and artistic director of the Visual Music Marathon (, an ongoing program that includes screenings of works by filmmakers from around the world.

Miller's works reflect the convergence of fine art animation and electronic concert music. His artworks illustrate principles of organization and development drawn from musical composition that are applied to the visual imagery. They are available for preview at, and a collection of recent works, entitled Seven Animations, is available from CDeMusic, Microcinema, and the iotaCenter. Recent screenings include Design Indaba Africa (Cape Town), the New York Digital Salon Traveling Exhibit, Abstracta International Abstract Cinema Exhibition (Cairo, EGYPT), Images du Nouveau Monde, CYNet Art Festival (Dresden, GR), Videoex Festival (Zurich SWZ), the Cuban International Festival of Music, Magmart | International Festival of VideoArt (Naples, IT), and the Gijon International Festival of Video Art (Gijon, Spain). His work is cited in recent publications including Sonic Graphics: Seeing Sound (Rizzoli Books) and Art in the Digital Age (Thames and Hudson).

- Circles and Rounds, 2006, 9'23"
- White Noise, 2007, 9'45"

Donald O'Finn (NYC)

O'Finn's videos have been exhibited and screened at various cult venues, as well as the Hershhorn Museum of Art in Washington D.C., and both Lincoln Center and the Anthology Film Archive in N.Y. City, performing with the multi media audio-visual collective known as rev.99.

"Since 1982 I have used TV and video imagery samples as found objects to repurpose, constructing what I call 'narratives from appropriated material.' I consider my product much closer to poetry or painting, than to film or TV."

Village Voice - BEST Of/2001-2008:
Donald O'Finn's feverishly edited encyclopedically strange video collages are lively rivers, a liquid experience. ...his editing is so hyper-intuitive that the culture shocks and time warps gel into a state of half vertigo and half trance.

- Don't Go Looking 12:41
- Cyclops 1:17
- Embrace 1:40
- Home Movie 2:14
- Bubble Dancer 1:50