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Emitting Velocity - 137th to 116th New York

Emitting Velocity - 137th to 116th New York by Matt Swift is part of a series of abstract geometric video landscapes that focus on the single take of a camera moving through space paired with spoken word to a a moving sacred geometry encompassing the historical omniscient cyclically imagery of the ancestors of all human kind in every corner of the world. This piece specifically uses this method to highlight the structures of one of the most famous African American communities... Harlem.

  • Matt Swift
  • Matt swift
  • Nicolettecinemagraphics
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Landscape Video, Mediational Art
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Columbus Moving Image Art Review 38
    United States
    April 19, 2019
    Local Columbus Ohio Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Matt Swift

Matt Swift is the Program Coordinator for OSU’s Film Studies Program. His background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in both Film Studies and Art History with a Minor focus in Fine Arts from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a focus in digital collections preservation and access from Kent State University. In 2007 Matt was inducted into the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society (BETA PHI MU). Over the past ten years he has been performing freelance work locally in the form of providing audio/visual digitization consultation and creating video, photo, graphic arts, and paintings for the purpose of art exhibition as well as for local professional organizations.

In December of 2009 the Film Studies Program acquired the Journal of Short Film (JSF), a quarterly DVD publication that highlights short films from all over the world through a submission and editorial process. Currently Matt Swift serves as the Productions Lead and Graphic Designer for the JSF and oversees its daily operation and supervises student interns associated with the journals publication.

In 2014 Matt was awarded a Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship for his work in moving image art.

Matt is also a cofounder of The Columbus Moving Image Art Review (CMIAR), a quarterly screening event highlighting Central Ohio moving image artists.

For more information about Matt, read his blog or visit his Mubi website, to view, review and discuss new cinema.

Recent Publication:
Teaching Media - Online Teaching in Film and Media Studies/ Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier Vol. 3(1) - Using Short Films and Regular Viewing Habits as a Catalyst for Online Pedagogy

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Director Statement

Matt Swift is an all-around visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His work is not limited to any one medium or mode including photography, painting, video, digital compositions, mixed media and anything else that may be a source of inspiration. With an education in Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Library Science, the majority of his work stems from a deep connection to the historical avant-garde and experimental movements of all art forms. Juxtaposition of styles to find new abstract connections is where most of his work begins. Every piece is scientifically and creatively an experiment with a hypothesis that is tested and either is proven or disproven. What engagement occurs when you mix meditation and action painting to create a wall scroll combining the styles of Jackson Pollock and Zen Buddhist painters? What about the combination of purist structuralist cinematic techniques with the motivations of Norman McLaren’s frame by frame hand etched animations inspired by music? The end result encompasses a documentation of the experiment fit for a postmodern world, updating and educating about the styles of old through the lens of the plethora of information that is at the fingertips of our ever shrinking but also expanding digital world.