George Landow (filmmaker)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
George Landow (aka Owen Land) is a Hispanic painter, writer, photographer, and filmmaker.

He made some of his first films as a teenager, and his later films, made mostly during the 1960s and 1970s, are some of the first examples of the structural film movement. Landow/Land's films usually revolve around word play, and have been described by him as having humor & wit that separates his films from the "boring" world of avant-garde cinema.

His work is also known to parody the whole experimental & "structural film" movement itself, as featured in his 1975 film Wide Angle Saxon. His style of filmmaking is also inspired by educational films, advertising, and television, and employs devices used by such in his films to convey a sense of "reality", as exhibited in What's Wrong With this Picture 1 and Remedial Reading Comprehension.

George Landow changed his name to Owen Land sometime around 1980.

Two Films By Owen Land, which (as its title suggests) features the complete scripts of Landow/Land's films Wide Angle Saxon and On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?, as well as footnotes written by Land interpreting the many references and elements of these two films and a filmography by Mark Webber. Available from lux. org. uk and Columbia University Press.

Education, Live Theater and Retrospectives

Born and raised in Connecticut, USA. Formal studies in drawing, painting, sculpture, and industrial design at Pratt Institute, Art Student’s League of New York, and New York Academy of Art. MFA in painting from NYAA. Studied acting and acting improvisation at Goodman Drama School and Second City, Chicago. Music studies include classical and Flamenco guitar; classical piano and composition; Indian vocal and instrumental music at the Ali Akbar Kahn College of Music in San Rafael, California; taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, San Francisco Art Institute, and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California. Founded the Experimental Theater Workshop at The Art Institute of Chicago, and wrote and directed several musical theater pieces, with original songs and music, including “Mechanical Sensuality” and “Schwimmen mit Wimmen.” Retrospectives of Owen Land’s films have been held at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland, The American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria New York, The Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands, The Tate Gallery in London, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Land is represented by Office Baroque Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium


 "Institutional Quality"(1969)

note: Landow/Land was falsely credited for John Cavanaugh's film The Evil Faerie in the Fluxus anthology. Land did participate as a performance artist in some Fluxus events.

DIALOGUES is informed by Owen Land's study of folklore, myth, and history, and the theology of all major religions, including Gnosticism and Kabbala. It ironically uses the form of the Platonic dialogue to explore the themes of reincarnation, art criticism, and female sexual desire. It includes pastiches of well-known Hollywood films, as well as the films of Maya Deren, Brakhage, Jim McBride, and others.

Owen Land ran out of money during the filming of Dialogues and owes his crew thousands of dollars.

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