MONO X: PROGRAM 1

  • LightSpace Studios 1115 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States

FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
LightSpace Studio - 1115 Flushing Avenue
Free and Open to the Public


INSTALLATIONS

+ THE CIRCLE, THE TRIANGLE, THE RECTANGLE AND THE CROSSING / 16MM SEXTUPLE-PROJECTION & INSTALLATION / ANTONIO CASTLES (BOGOTA, COLOMBIA) & LUCAS MAIA (SAO PAOLO, BRASIL)

"The Circle, the Triangle, the Rectangle and the Crossing" is an attempt to decompose the stereoscopic image into its essential parts, in an analogue way, without its aura of being spearhead technology. Six projectors in a triangular structure create one single image in a screen in front of them: A crossing of roads. After having filmed the movement with two cameras situated one next to the other —simulating the distance between the eyes as in a human face —, each of these films is separated into three channels —red, green and blue, or RGB—. The films of each camera are polarized in a certain way, so that they can only be seen through one of the lenses of the 3D glasses, i.e., through the left eye one can only see the three projectors that carry the film of the left camera and vice versa. The result is an image that is composed without concern for synchronization: Each projector runs at a specific frequency even though the standard is 24fps, which implies that there will alway be a delay between them. The perfect image will eventually be achieved when all six projectors synchronize in the circular time that the loop creates, only to fall out of synch immediately after that.

(Installed Friday & Saturday)

Organizers: Antonio Castles graduated in Fine Arts in 2013 and in History in 2015 from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His art thesis, "Against the Machine", was presented in the Art Fair of Bogotá in 2014, in the section of unrepresented young artists called Artecámara. In 2015 he took part in the residence "El buen vivir - das gute Leben", organized by the Goethe Institut in La paz, Bolivia. That same year he also participated in the exhibition "Cero Normal", at the gallery Instituto de Visión, in Bogotá, with his project called "Across the Length and Breadth". He lives in Berlin and studies at the University of the Arts in the class of experimental film.

Lucas Maia, born in 1984 in São Paulo, is a visual artist based in Berlin. He graduated in economics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and afterwards attended several courses about cinematography at Centro de Formación Profesional del SICA in Buenos Aires. He is currently studying in the University of Arts Berlin in the class of experimental film. Since 2011 he is member from the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

+ ◀︎S1/S7► / 35MM INSTALLATION / OLYA ZARAPINA (MONTREAL, CANADA)

◀︎S1/S7► A photo-filmic installation documenting the route along Berlin’s raised SBahn track. The photo-film is created through continuous in-camera superimposition of still photos taken along the S1 and S7 train routes which cross through the middle of the city in opposite directions. The project is a reflection on city experience, from a perspective which follows a common, daily commute, but simultaneously is detached from the nuances of the politics on the ground. The photo-film is projected using two GDR-era filmstrip projectors, motorized to advance 35mm film horizontally. The projectors are unique not only in their horizontal film-feed, but also in their lack of a shutter and therefore a constant stream of light. The on-screen movement is not an optical illusion: the projected image directly corresponds to the visible movement of film through the gate, which in turn reflects the drifting view of the passing Berlin cityscape.

(Installed Friday & Saturday)

Organizer: Olya Zarapina was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, moving to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she completed her Bachelors in Visual Communications Design, at University of Alberta. She currently lives and works in Montreal, where in 2015 she received Masters in Visual and Media Arts (Maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques) from Université du Québec à Montréal. Olya Zarapina’s work is situated in expanded photography and is influenced by her interests in urbanism, architecture, creative geography and experimental cinema. This interdisciplinarity allows her to explore the influence of time, memory, and nostalgia on the perception of our immediate surroundings, particularly our neighbourhoods and cities. Resulting in a site specific practice, which the artist has carried out throughout North America and Europe.

+ THEM APPLES / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION (LOOPED), OPTICAL SOUND & INSTALLATION / ADAM R LEVINE (MONTAGUE, MA)

Using the parallel temporal forms of the three-minute pop song and the 16mm camera roll, THEM APPLES runs The Beatles' "Back In The U.S.S.R." through iTunes Visualizer to create an optical sound experiment in which synaesthesia and pop cultural memory are turned back on themselves.

(Installed Friday & Saturday)

Organizer: Adam R. Levine is a film and video artist originally from London, England. His work has screened internationally at festivals and galleries including the Vienna International Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Éxperimentaux de Paris, Antimatter Film Festival, the Iowa City International Film Festival, Artists' Television Access and TIE-The International Cinema Exposition. He received a BA in Film and English from the University of East Anglia and an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Film and Media Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

PERFORMANCES

+ BADTRANSFER(ENCE) / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / THOMAS DEXTER (CHICAGO, IL)

BADTRANSFER(ENCE) performs a material and discursive negotiation between analog film and digital projection in the manner of a crude, fragile, and absurd, "telecine" system. Rather than an end in-and-of-itself, here "film" operates as a sort of catalyzing gesture deployed in a thoroughly medium-contaminated signal chain. Along the way, 16mm film loops are animated live and then destroyed, flicker patterns are created between asynchronous optical shutters, objects are fashioned into "expanded" screens, and an evolving palette of tonal and textural sounds are extracted from disparate nodes within this process.

Organizer: Thomas Dexter is an multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago and New York. Dexter’s solo and collaborative projects, spanning video works, experimental film, performance, and sound installation, have been exhibited, screened, and performed at venues internationally, including the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum NYC, Issue Project Room, Microscope Gallery, Experimental Intermedia, PS1/MOMA, Roulette, The New York Museum of Art and Design, Sight and Sound Festival, The Lesley Heller Workspace, The Invisible Dog, and ESP TV among others. Dexter studied Psychology at Bennington College and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dexter works as a “professional” filmmaker and sometimes assistant to experimental filmmaker and media artist Ernie Gehr.

+ PLANE WAVE / 16MM DUAL-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE / DANIEL ROBERT KELLY (INCLINE VILLAGE, NV)

Plane Wave is an analog interactive. The film itself is a series of lenses that attempt to focus the working of the projector on to the exhibition screen. Each exhibition’s visuals are dependent on the lens/lamp/screen arrangement. A love letter exposing the refractive nature of light bending around the edges of metal, bone through tiny celluloid windows.

Organizer: Daniel Robert Kelly is a cross-discipline conceptual artist. He is active in multiple mediums, ranging from automated personas who roam the social spaces of the Internet to interactivity embedded in analog exploits of traditionally projected celluloid. His work often uses traditional animation, digital videography and photography encased in sculptural artifacts and installation.

+ ZONE FOUR / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / NOE KIDDER (BROOKLYN, NY) & MARK GALLAY (BROOKLYN, NY)

Zone Four began as a creative response to the astonishing science fiction writing of Doris Lessing, primarily her novel “Canopus in Argos: Archives.” Lessing was partly inspired by the design of the Alhambra and its architecture helped to organize one section of her novel. This idea inspired me to travel to Spain and shoot a film inside the Islamic palace. The tourists around me became a part of the film, and I was greatly moved by the importance of water throughout the entire site. I have been contemplating reproductive issues for some time, and some of my concern comes through in this film, but in a broken and enigmatic way. It is my hope that the viewer responds to the suggestion that my images and sounds create, and starts to question our basic need to survive and our exploitation of resources and human beings.

Organizer: Noe Kidder was born in 1974 in Syracuse, NY. Mark Gallay was born in 1972, in New York, NY.

+ FRENTE A FRENTE / 16MM DOUBLE-PROJECTION & RECORDED SOUND / CAITLIN DIAZ (LOS ANGELES, CA)

As humans, we constantly build barriers around our vulnerable selves, creating layers of trapped moments and emotions. Frente a Frente is a dual projection piece that aims to dismantle these layers through isolation, time and repetition.

Organizer: Caitlin Díaz is an artist and filmmaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, creating films on Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm. Combining digital, analog and direct filmmaking techniques, her films explore the human psyche and the processes that surround individual experience.

+ SE BUSCA (MISSING) / 16MM DUAL PROJECTION & LIVE PERFORMANCE / ANNALISA D. QUAGLIATA (MEXICO CITY, MEXICO)

A performance that illustrates a harrowing truth: the overwhelming numbers of missing women in Mexico. Inspired by the thousands of “missing person” posters that are created to find them, the performance focuses on the action of pasting sheets of paper on a wall. Words that describe what might have happened to them are verbalized. The film projected is composed of fifty images of disappeared women, all of them re-photographed from their “missing person” notice. Their images get lost and desensitized in media, this piece tries to recover their emotional weight so the viewer can feel the scale of this social tragedy.

Organizer: Annalisa D. Quagliata (b. Veracruz, Mexico 1990) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and installations focus on the human body and portraiture. In her work the body is explored as a mirror that reflects different states of being; spanning from the intimate and psychic to the social and political. She is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she majored in Film/Video and Studio for Interrelated Media. Annalisa currently resides and works in Mexico City.

+ THISQUIETARMY X PHILIPPE LEONARD / 16MM DUAL-PROJECTION (LOOPED) & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / THISQUIETARMY (MONTREAL, CANADA) & PHILIPPE LEONARD (MONTREAL, CANADA)

Organizers: thisquietarmy is a Montreal-based project active since 2005. Revolving around improvised guitar drone and by combining textural & structural elements of ambient/noise, electronic/shoegaze, post-punk/krautrock, black/doom metal, thisquietarmy creates an impressive wide range of dynamic soundscapes which oscillates between dreamy hypnotic minimalism and immersive face-melting heaviness, as presented in its prolific discography comprising of over 30 releases on more than 20 different labels worldwide.Philippe Leonard lives and works in Montreal. His artistic practice focuses on still and moving images, through film, photography, performance and installations. His theoretical and aesthetic reflections focus on the complex temporality of still and moving images, the spectral dimension of physical spaces, and expanded documentary practices. Distributed by Light Cone and CFMDC, his work has been showcased in notable international contexts, such as the 16th WRO Media Biennale (Poland), Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), Anthology Film Archive (New York), Galerie Michel Journiac (Paris), Cineteca di Bologna (Italy), Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal), EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival (Seoul), European Media Arts Festival (Germany), O 'Gallery (Milan), Museo Nitsch (Naples), Struts Gallery (New Brunswick), Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), Galerie Les Territoires (Montréal), etc.

+ FRIDAY DJ SETS / FOREST JUZIUK (INTER-PROGRAM) & STEWEY DECMAL (AFTER PARTY)