• SENSE HER performance at Squeaky Wheel's Anti-Valentines Erotica Show

    I am excited to be invited to present my live Super 8 Stag performance, SENSE HER, at Squeaky Wheel's Anti-Valentine's Erotica Show on February 17th!

    http://www.squeaky.org/event/sexy-wheel-anti-valentines-erotica-show/2017-02-17/

  • BABYSTORM to be included in Season 3 of Delete TV

    DeleteTV, a curated selection of international video art intended for broadcast television, will include BABYSTORM in its upcoming 3rd season.
    http://mi9384.wixsite.com/delete/page3

  • October 9, 2015: Screening and Discussion with Jennifer Montgomery at Murray Guy Gallery

    Notes on the Death of Kodachrome by Jennifer Montgomery and End of Empire by T&G Nelson at Murray Guy Gallery

    Both Montgomery and Tara Nelson will be present for a post-screening discussion. The artists will reconsider the issues attendant to the passage of analogue film into the born-digital era.

    Part of Two Serious Ladies: Peggy Ahwesh and Jennifer Montgomery at Murray Guy Gallery

  • January 7, 2012: NOW WHAT at Microscope Gallery

    I will be performing my dual projection Super 8 film, In China, at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn as part of their NOW WHAT program.

    MONDAY JANUARY 7, 7PM
    film, video, new media, & moving image performances
    presented by Microscope Gallery
    at our neighbors, Running Rebel Studios:
    6 Charles Place, Brooklyn NY 11221
    general admission $8
    students (with ID) $6

    It’s a New Year, now what!

    Microscope is very pleased to present now what, a night of screening & moving image performance curated from an international open call. The 3 programs include a wide-range of mostly new and recent works from established to emerging artists working with Super 8mm or 16mm film, digital video, video games, appropriated footage (from Youtube, Google & other sources), music video, performance and more. The night also features 5 live projection performances, most presented for the first time including multi-screen, live sound, multiple projectors, and dance.
    Link to Microscope website

  • December 14, 2012 ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES: MOVIES FROM THE MULTIVERSE - THE FILMS OF TARA AND GORDON NELSON

    Filmmaking spouses Tara and Gordon Nelson present an extensive selection of their Super-8mm and 16mm films, in a program that encompasses quadruple projections, sound performances, live editing, audience interaction, found-footage dance parties, and other extraterrestrial surprises. Hailing from the celluloid paradise of Pittsburgh, and currently residing in Boston, they have created a body of work, both separately and together, that explores the many ways in which Super-8mm and 16mm film can document, manipulate, and transfigure reality. Given their embrace of performance and happenstance, no two shows are ever alike – prepare to be dazzled!

    Link to Facebook invitation

  • October 18, 2012: *TARA AND GORDON NELSON AT STUDIO SOTO*

    Live sound performance by TAPS: Brendan Murray and Christopher Strunk followed by 16mm and Super 8 Films by Tara and Gordon Nelson

    Link to Facebook invitation

  • 2012 Flaherty Seminar
    OPEN WOUNDS

    June 16 – 22, 2012
    Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

    I will be attending the Flaherty Film Seminar from June 15-22 on an emerging filmmaker fellowship from the LEF Foundation

  • June 9th 2012 MOVIES FROM THE MULTIVERSE: FILMS BY TARA AND GORDON NELSON

    MILLENNIUM FILM WORKSHOP 66 E. 4TH ST. NEW YORK


    LINK TO FACEBOOK INVITATION


    Filmmaking spouses Tara and Gordon Nelson will screen a selection of their original Super 8 and 16mm films. Quadruple projections, sound performances, live editing, audience interaction, found footage dance parties and other extraterrestrial surprises will be featured.
    Tara and Gordon hail from the celluloid paradise of Pittsburgh, and currently reside in Boston.

    Super 8 and 16mm films shown on multiple projectors, live sound

  • THE MILWAUKEE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL, 2012

    Tara Merenda Nelson was one of three Jurors in the 2012 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.

    MUFF 2012 Website

  • THE EXPERIMENTAL FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: Tara Merenda Nelson

    April 19, 2012
    THE EXPERIMENTAL FILM SOCIETY AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO PRESENTS: TARA MERENDA NELSON
    Boston based filmmaker, lecturer and teacher Tara Merenda Nelson will present a talk on CINEMA BIOLOGY: The physiological connection between human perception and the mechanism of projected celluloid cinema.

    Using her interactive cinematic installation, Catharsis, as a demonstration tool, Tara will approach a deconstruction of the mechanism of projected celluloid cinema and its unique physiological effect on human perception.

    On Catharsis:

    A Catharsis is the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art. I have chosen this term as the title for this piece because it represents a breakthrough for me in the process of pursuing the location of the imagination. It is a film-less film with no set duration which can be viewed in 3 layers: while standing in front of the floating screen; while sitting behind the screen, facing it; and from a sitting position while facing the projector with eyes closed. The latter position gives the viewer the opportunity to experience a film made with their own mind, which only they can see.

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  • EYE & EAR CLINIC AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: RECENT FILM AND VIDEO WORK BY TARA NELSON

    April 17, 2012
    Eye and Ear Clinic is pleased to welcome Tara Nelson and selections from her eclectic collection of work. This program will include a generous mix of Super 8, 16mm, multi-projection, live editing and more delights from the multi-verse! Tara Merenda Nelson is a Boston-based filmmaker, curator, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, basements, and backyards through the United States and across the globe at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, The New York Film Festival's Views From the Avant-Garde, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.


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  • THE SUPER EIGHTIES: Super 8 Films from the 1980's



    *THE SUPER EIGHTIES
    Super 8 Films from the 1980’s
    Curated by Tara Merenda Nelson
    Contact: 412-512-2553
    tara@Taranelsonfilms.com*

    Saturday, April 14, 2012
    SPECTACLE gallery
    128 Brookside Ave in Jamaica Plain
    LIVE DJ DANCE PARTY after the screening!
    $8

    Featuring films by: Saul Levine, Ericka Beckman, Tom Roades, Anne Robertson, FASTWURMS, Joe Gibbons, Peggy Ahwesh, Jennifer Montgomery, Eldon Garnet, Edie Steiner and more!

    The decade of the 1980’s was a transformative era for Super-8 filmmaking, as the format migrated from point-and-shoot home movies to a medium for artists working in the moving image. Many filmmakers began their careers working in Super 8, using second-hand cameras and Kodachrome film bought and processed at the local drugstore. In most major cities, film labs were ready to process and print Super-8 films for distribution. Super-8 sound film was readily available and frequently used, giving the format a voice and adding great depth to many films made during the era

    The cultural audacity of the decade was well documented by filmmakers, who used Super-8 to bear witness to, and comment upon, the era. Music, fashion, media and pop culture strongly influenced the work of many artists, as they explored issues of identity in an age of abundance. This confluence of technology and aesthetics resulted in a radical film movement.

    Despite the popularity of the medium, the last Super-8 camera was manufactured in the late 1980’s, and the rest is history.

    THE SUPER EIGHTIES celebrates films made between the peak and the precipice of a unique era in Super-8 filmmaking.

    The screening will be followed by a live DJ dance party!!!


    Curator Tara Merenda Nelson is a Boston based filmmaker and teacher.
    Taranelsonfilms.com