Dreamlands: Expanded

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Microscope Gallery is pleased to announce Dreamlands: Expanded, a series of expanded cinema events organized in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the exhibition "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016”. The ten event, two-and-a-half month long series complements and extends the scope of the exhibit, from the installation works on the museum’s fifth-floor and the film screening program in its third-floor theater, across the East River to include historical and contemporary performance works that collectively propose alternative ways to perceive, conceive, and consider the image in motion.

The works in the program - spanning 85 years and ranging from a colored shadow play created through a hand-bulit machine, to a study of complete darkness as experienced through the retinas and body, to the live disintegration of a photographic slide, to the 3D effect recreated by means of outdated technologies - address among others concerns the materiality and ephemerality of the filmic image and the cinematic apparatus, visual and sensory immersion, and a broadening of the concepts of screen, projection, audience, and medium.

Dreamlands: Expanded features long overdue re-stagings of the Bauhaus performance piece Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (Reflecting Color-Light-Play, 1922) by Kurt Schwerdtfeger presented for the first time in nearly 50 years, and of Steam Screens (1979) by Stan VanDerBeek and Joan Brigham, which debuted at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Among other pioneering works are Malcolm Le Grice’s Horror Film 1 (1973), Takahiko Iimura's Circle and Square (1981), and Ken JacobsBlack Space (mid-1970s to present), performed by each of the three artists on separate evenings. For Subverted Horseplay (1994-97) Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta reunite to perform the final work of their decade long collaboration.

Premieres include Barbara Hammer's Evidentiary Bodies (2016), Joel Schlemowitz’s Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy (2016), and New York collective Optipus The Owl Flies at Twilight (2017) accompanied by a full orchestra.

Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West activates, along with audience members, a new iteration of her Filmstrip Flashlight Projections installation. And, younger generations of contemporary artists are represented in Slides & Mirrors Plays, a two-part evening of performances by Gill Arno, Kenneth Zoran Curwood, Rachael Guma, Sarah Halpern, Simon Liu, Raha Raissnia, Karolina Raczynski, and Alexia Welch.

Full program and tickets are available HERE


Monday October 31, 7:30pm
Malcolm Le Grice
Principles of Cinematography and Horror Film 1
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Saturday November 5, 7:30pm
Ken Jacobs
Black Space
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Friday November 11, 7:30pm
Kurt Schwerdtfeger
Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (Reflecting Color-Light-Play)
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Monday November 14, 7:30pm
Barbara Hammer
Evidentiary Bodies
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Friday November 18, 7:30pm
Takahiko Iimura: Circle and Square
Joel Schlemowitz: Kannon, The Goddess of Mercy
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Sunday November 20, 7:30pm
Stan Vanderbeek & Joan Brigham
Steam Screens
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Saturday December 10, 6-9pm
Jennifer West
Flashlight Filmstrip Projections
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Saturday December 17, 7:30pm
Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta
Subverted Horseplay
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Monday December 19, 6pm
Slides & Mirrors Plays
Gill Arno, Kenneth Zoran Curwood, Sarah Halpern, Alexia Welch, Rachael Guma, Simon Liu, Karolina Raczynski, Raha Raissnia
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Sunday January 15, 7:30pm
The Owl Flies at Twilight
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All Dreamlands: Expanded events take place at Microscope Gallery, with the exception of Steam Screens by VanDerBeek & Brigham and The Owl Flies at Twilight by Optipus, which will both be presented at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.



Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)
Friday, November 11, 2016 (All day)
Monday, November 14, 2016 (All day)
Friday, November 18, 2016 (All day)
Sunday, November 20, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 (All day)
Monday, December 19, 2016 (All day)
Sunday, January 15, 2017 (All day)
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