“Bloom,” made by Austin filmmaker Scott Stark as part of TAMI’s Mess With Texas program, is a short film that uses images of oil drilling and oil fires from the first half of the 20th century, images of flowers in bloom, and an experimental soundtrack that includes segments of Hammerstein’s “Edelweiss,” to juxtapose man and nature. The Mess With Texas program was produced in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
This video was produced as part of the 2012 Mess With Texas program, commissioned for the exhibition Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Texas-based film/video artists Kelly Sears, Mark and Angela Walley, Scott Stark, Alec Jhangiani, and Alex Luster delved into the vast collection of movies, newsreels, and homemade films in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and created entirely new works from the footage. These new reworkings are creative intersections of past and present, bringing new life to cinematic memory.
For a list of the original films used to create the Mess With Texas shorts, click here.
Austin-based filmmaker Scott Stark has produced more than 60 films and videos since 1980. Additionally, he has created a number of gallery and non-gallery installations using film and video and elaborate photographic collages using large grids of images. Scott was born and educated in the Midwest, and his films and videos have shown locally, nationally, and internationally, including recent one person shows at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive. His films have won several awards, including four Black Maria awards, and he recently received a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. In 2007, Scott received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He has taught art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute (where he also received his MFA), interweaving non-traditional uses of film and video with a variety of art disciplines. Stark served for seven years on the board of the San Francisco Cinematheque, during which time, he co-founded the Cinematheque's journal of film and media art, Cinematograph. Scott has worked in a variety of motion picture media, including 8mm, super-8mm, 16mm and video. (from the filmmaker’s website.)