Atelier Impopulaire #1: Bruce McClure
Bruce McClure: The 16 mm Lecture for Film & New Media
Thursday March 1st 2012, 10-13h & 14-17h
NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), Milan
Bruce McClure: Performance
Friday March 2nd 2012, 20.30h
O’ via pastrengo 12, Milano Isola
O' and Die Schachtel inaugurate Atelier Impopulaire, a new cycle of events starting from March, curated by Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi.
Atelier Impopulaire is a contamination of research practices, editorial and site-specific curatorship that arises from direct collaboration with the artists. In its first phase, Atelier Impopulaire will focus on the study and reinterpretation of Structural Cinema, Avant-garde, Performative and Expanded, to address cross-cultural path on the film device in its experimental forms, through a program that includes performances and screenings of artists and filmmakers of different generations: Bruce McClure, Morgan Fisher and Ben Russell.
Atelier Impopulaire starts next March 1 with a seminar by Bruce McLure 'The 16 mm for Film & New Media Lecture' at the Department of Film and New Media NABA, Milan, and a performance by the artist on Friday, March 2 at 20:30 in the O' space.
Investigator of the cinematic apparatus, architect and 'performer of light and darkness', among the most prominent names in American Expanded Cinema, host of the most famous festivals in the world (Rotterdam, Toronto, New York) Bruce McClure (NY, 1959) presents a performance projection for the O' space and the cycle Atelier Impopulaire. "Its events immerse the viewer in the complete darkness of the room, lit by flicker shots(the pulsing image of the projector light): sound beats and visual loops synaesthetically drag the viewer into a space dominated mostly by the sound and the force of the flashing and flickering lights of the image. Darkness and light are palpated, you can taste and see: a battery of 16mm projectors, modificated by him" -for the performance of Milan he will use two simultaneously-projected film loops generating cones of light which are then synchronized with sounds and noises (...). Mixer and electronic pedals help him to create a sound / optical universe with high-impact and fully immersive. His live performances are very close to the expanded cinema, a film that dominates the space beyond the screen, not the fictional diegesis of the film, but the universe palpable and effective, though virtual, a room made from darkness and light, a shared space between the projectionist and the viewer, between those who create and those who receive the light " (by Massimiliano Fierro).
This is the first of three meetings that will happen between the end of March and July, Morgan Fisher (March 31, 2012) and Ben Russell (June 2012), both presented in Milan for the first time.
Morgan Fisher (1942), filmmaker, critic, teacher and visual artist whose work is part of numerous collections of galleries and museums (including the Whitney, which has dedicated a major retrospective in 2005). Fisher has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, LACMA, MIT, and Raven Row in London next March, the Generali Foundation in Vienna will open a major retrospective of his work.
Ben Russell (1976), experimental filmmaker, anthropologist, curator and photographer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has recently had a solo show at MOMA and was winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, is one of the most important experimental filmmakers of his generation.