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Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) was a visionary avant-garde filmmaker, a painter and drawer, a master of cut-out animation, a collector of archival film stock, an experimental film projectionist and a pioneer in television art and computer animation. Always in search of new methods of representation, he explored the boundaries of filmmaking, opening it up to visual art, music, literature, performance, technology, architecture and consciousness. VanDerBeek's work combined a dark sense of satirical humor with a devout belief in the utopian potential of visual interaction. For him, images were language, a means of achieving universal communication. Stan VanDerBeek was a professor at UMBC and ran the Department of Visual Arts until his death in 1984. 25 years later, the email exhibition WHERE IS STAN VANDERBEEK? wants to instigate a dialog about VanDerBeek's legacy at UMBC. A selection of films and documents will be distributed to the current staff of the university who will be asked to forward these emails to students in various departments. Over the course of the exhibition (10 emails), staff and students will be asked to reflect on the following questions: Have you previously heard about Stan VanDerBeek? Did you perhaps know him personally? (If so, what does he mean to you?) Do you feel his legacy is kept alive at UMBC? Do you think it should be? Do you have ideas on how this could be done? Is there a future for Stan VanDerBeek at UMBC?

Please send your thoughts to info@projectstanvanderbeek.com
WHERE IS STAN VANDERBEEK? is the first part of ProjectStanVanDerBeek, a long-term research project investigating the legacy of Stan VanDerBeek.   Image: Stan VanDerBeek outside the Movie-Drome, ca. 1963. Wattis Institute for Contem-porary Arts. Courtesy Guild & Greyshkul, New York