"… I search for a universal language to have human beings to come to harmony within themselves and with each other…. I search for the union of sound, images and the human body coupled with explorations of light magic to reveal narrative or draw an abstraction…."
ALLA KOVGAN is a film and video maker from Moscow (Russia) who has lived and worked in Boston since 1996. Her 16 mm films have been screened at the film festivals around the US, Canada, and Europe. Her first film "belongings" is recognized as one of the Best of the Boston Underground Film Festival for "really exquisite poetic moments of visuals and sound" (Boston Phoenix). Alla's mediums of expression and exploration encompass short films, multimedia performances, interactive video projections and other image/sound/body installations in collaboration with dancers and musicians. In summer 2000, Alla along with Paula Jose Jones Performance Works dance company traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia. She is currently working on the film about experiences of Russian and American dancers during this trip. Alla is a member of Pixonik Labs and Outsideart Collaborative.
Among the works completed are:
The Best of Boston Underground Film Festival 1999 (Boston, USA) Honorable Mention of Anitmatter Film Festival 1999 (Victoria, BC, Canada) Numerous screenings at local venues including Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge MA, USA), Jacques Club (Boston, MA, USA) and Clara Wainwright Studio (Allston MA, USA)
vacuum (6 min, super-8, bw, 1997)
dizziness (4 min, super-8, bw, 1997)
"Surface" 10 min: 2 channel video projections with live percussion/ accordion/ violin choreographed by Alissa Cardone based on "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Ann Frank as a part of 'Invitation' by Outside Art Collective at AS220 Art and Performance Space, Providence, RI, USA, May 2000 and 'Femme Fatale Frick Show' at Green Street Studio, Cambridge, MA.
Interactive Live Video Projections by Pixonik Labs (Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva): 3 channel video source amalgamated into a single channel video projection along with live performances by experimental jazz musicians and modern dancers (Daniel Carter, Roy Campbell, William Parker, Jonathan LaMaster and Saturnalia, Nicola Hawkins and others) at different venues: Galapagos Art and Performance Space and Pink Pony Art Space (NYC, May 200), Old Baptist Church (Cambridge MA, March 2000), Bad Girrls Studios Art Space (Jamaica Plain, MA, Dec 1998, Nov 1999), Zeitgeist Gallery (Cambridge, MA Aug. 1999).
"Misguided Again" by Pixonik Labs 60 min: 3 channel video projection with live percussion/ theremin/ violin/ cello in response to the recent war in Yugoslavia (Mobius Gallery, Boston, Sept 1999)
"We Are All Targets" by Collateral Damage Collaborative (CDC) 45 min: a single channel video projection with slides in response to the recent war in Yugoslavia (Mobius Gallery, Boston, July 1999)
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