Marty McCutcheon

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Marty McCutcheon (b. October 25, 1967, USA) was raised in Central California, in a variety of locations including the coast and coastal mountains, the valley, and the foothills. He is a self-taught, multi-discipline artist, husband, and father of one, living and working in Berkeley, California.

He made his first moving pictures in 1992, experimenting with 8mm film, performing improvisational, music-backed, multi-projector presentations.

His only published work from the 1990s was as camera operator and co-editor of We Magazine no. 18, a „one-camera“ video-poetry collection created in 1993 and published in 1994, by We Press, in Santa Cruz, California.

The bulk of his work from the 1990s belongs to an unpublished, five-part, six-hour, esoteric, musical video-journal, which chronicles routine events and other experiences between the months of February 1994 and August 1996. This work was the subject of a talk given at the Copenhagen Technical School, by Danish photographer, Hans Manner-Jakobsen.

McCutcheon is a founding member of, and contributor to, the Exquisite Corpse Video Project, an ongoing, international collaboration, based on its namesake, the Surrealist parlor game. He is the founder and operator of Berkeley Commonplace, a screening room and gathering place focused on local and global community building.


Knockout, 2009
(duration 2:57, including titles and credits, 2:30, without sound)

A decelerated, 1953 audio-recording featuring the United States Marine Band performing The Star Spangled Banner, accompanies century-old footage of Canadian-born World Champion, Tommy Burns, knocking out contender, Australian Champion, Bill Squires, in the first round. Shot by Herbert J. Miles in Ocean View, California on Independence Day, the 4th of July, 1907, this footage is part of the America at Work, America at Leisure collection of the United States Library of Congress.

Violence is ever present in human history, and comes in many forms. I have chosen here to focus on sanctioned, or, socially accepted violence, and I seek, by way of the histories surrounding Tommy Burns, Bill Squires, and the Star Spangled Banner, to illuminate (just dimly) the utility/futility duality in combative sport and military force.

Additional Information
Bill Squires (June 25, 1879 – September 1, 1962) of Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia, was the undefeated Champion of Australia when he came to North America to fight the retired James J. Jeffries. Jeffries refused the fight, stating that he was in fact retired, and if Squires wanted a shot at the champion of the world he would have to fight Tommy Burns.

Squires at first refused to acknowledge Burns as the champion of the world as no man had yet defeated Jeffries. When it seemed clear that Mr. Jeffries was, in fact, never going to fight again, Squires agreed to fight Tommy Burns. Burns taught Squires a harsh lesson in questioning his status as the new Heavyweight Champion of the World and easily KOed him in the first round. Squires and his people called it a fluke, but Squires was later KOed twice more by Burns in rematches for the title, only to be hired on as Tommy’s sparring partner.

Relying largely on his early reputation, Squires continued to face top opposition in the years after his first meeting with Burns, though he never again won a major bout. He suffered knockout losses at the hands of Jack Sullivan and Fireman Jim Flynn in 1907. Returning to his native Australia, Billy tried to reclaim the national championship there but was beaten in four consecutive matches with Bill Lang and retired in 1911. After losing a lone comeback bout in 1916 against reigning Australian champ Dave Smith, Squires entered retirement for good.

Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955) born, Noah Brusso, in Chesley, Ontario, Canada, beame the Heavyweight World Champion on February 23, 1906, when he defeated Marvin Hart in Los Angeles, California. He reinforced his claim to the World championship by actually going out and fighting the best other countries had to offer, becoming the first true international heavyweight champion and the first heavyweight champion to defend the title outside the United States. He took on and beat: Jack Palmer in London; Jem Roche in Dublin; Jewey Smith in Paris; Bill Squires (three times) in Ocean View, Paris, and Sydney; and Bill Lang in Melbourne.

Burns became the first world champion to accept a title-challenge from a black man. He lost to Jack Johnson, making Johnson the first black World Heavyweight Champion.

As he faded away from the boxing ring, Burns enjoyed several different pursuits. He managed the careers of several boxers, promoted the sport in Calgary and New Orleans, owned and operated a successful clothing emporium in Calgary, Alberta. He bought and ran a pub in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1921, and eventually became an evangelist preacher. He died in Vancouver of a heart attack at age seventy-three. In 1996 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. To this day, he remains the only heavyweight champion to win eight consecutive title defenses by knockout.
–from (Boxing Records Archive)

The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from Defence of Fort McHenry, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London.

The United States Marine Band is the premiere band of the United States Marine Corps. Established by act of Congress on July 11, 1798, it is the oldest of the United States military bands and the oldest professional musical organization in the United States. Today the Band also includes the Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles.
–from Wikipedia

Experimentalkase is an experimental, cinematic sound and music developer in Berkeley, California.

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