The mission of the Brakhage Center for Media Arts is to promote education and research regarding the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of experimental film and media art to students, scholars, and the public. As such, the Center seeks to encourage new artistic talent, and foster broad institutional collaboration in promoting new perspectives of the avant-garde film and media art world. The Center also aims to cultivate and promote creative research and artistic endeavor at the national and international levels.
The Center serves as a forum to examine the moving image as an aesthetically and socially responsive art form, especially within a culture that has become progressively more visual. Through symposia, conferences, screenings, panels, presentations, exhibitions, residencies, and other activities, the Center features the works of past, current, and future artistic innovators. These activities also provide a dynamic platform for discussion among artists, scholars, curators, and students. The Center also collaborates with other institutions and centers to sponsor events relating to the experimental and media arts field. Moreover, the Center emphasizes the preservation and research of Stan Brakhage’s pioneering legacy, as well as the works of other ground-breaking experimental film and media artists.
The Center is named after Stan Brakhage (1933-2003), one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th century who was also a Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A prolific filmmaker, he made nearly 350 films in his 52-year-long career that include psychodramas, autobiographical films, Freudian trance films, song cycles, birth films, meditations on light, and hand-painted films. They range in duration from nine seconds to over four hours and cover every technical format from Super 8mm to 70mm IMAX.