CVM is a nonprofit archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract cinema. CVM is committed to preservation, curating, education, research and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related artwork and historical documentation. CVM's films, programs and lectures are featured in museums, archives, festivals, universities and cultural centers worldwide; currently CVM is preserving films by Oskar Fischinger, Jordan Belson and Charles Dockum. Our research library contains the world's largest collection of visual music resources including the papers of Oskar Fischinger and film historian William Moritz.


Press Highlights and Quotes


We’re lucky here in Los Angeles to have a major organization for the promotion of abstract animation–the Center for Visual Music, which restores and exhibits classic titles from an elusive genre, and releases excellent DVDs., 2009

[On Visual Music]... the Center for Visual Music's extensive Visual Music bibliography, otherwise known as the CVM Library. The Los Angeles-based non-profit film archive are the go-to source on the subject, so go-to-it. -- Rhizome, April 2009

Curious readers can find out more about color/sound experiments past and present at the Center for Visual Music's web site...a treasure trove of images and information on everything from color organs to contemporary art installations. -- Symphony Magazine, 2006

The Center for Visual Music is the Los Angeles based archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and avant-garde media. CVM is committed to preservation, curation, education, scholarship and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition - together with related historical documentation and other material. CVM's talks and programmes have featured in the exhibition "Visual Music" at the Hirshhorn Museum, the MOCA LA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Films preserved by CVM have screened at the Pompidou Centre, Guggenheim Museum, Tate Liverpool and other museums and festivals worldwide. -- Optronica Festival at BFI Southbank, London, 2007


Past Press Highlights


June 2009 - CVM & Fischinger in Animation World Network's Headline News and the KCET Blog Blur + Sharpen

Sight and Sound Magazine (BFI, London), reviews CVM's Belson and Fischinger DVDs, Jan. 2008; Jonathan Rosenbaum reviews the Fischinger DVD in Cinemascope

CVM's Jordan Belson DVD named in many reviewers' Top DVDs of 2007 lists

November 2007 - CVM's Oskar Fischinger DVD wins a Willy Haas Award at Cinefest Hamburg

April 2007 - Interview with Keefer about CVM in Digicult magazine (Italy). In English or Italian


Partial List of Museum Exhibitions Featuring Films from CVM


Partial List of Symposia and Festivals Featuring Films and Presentations from CVM





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