Balagan is pleased to present – along with Ricardo De Lima and the ICA, Boston – a program of two expanded cinema performances that challenge the perception of film as a static and unchanging medium or mere document of past artistic efforts. By introducing chance elements, both in the filming and the exhibition (which pairs live improvised sound to multi-layered 16mm projections), the performers draft the audience into the role of active participants; Unexpected mental connections are drawn between the disparate elements, mined from the depths of our collective unconscious and manifested as veritable waking dreams.
The program will begin with Magical Approach (comprised of Brittany Gravely and Ken Linehan, who have previously worked together as 'Architecture of the Sun' with Jenn Pipp) presenting a unique amalgamation of material shot both locally and abroad (in England and France) for their upcoming film cycle, The Telepathy Sessions. This will be a two projector performance with live sound.
Following this, San Francisco-based filmmaker Paul Clipson will screen roughly an hour of recently shot 16mm accompanied by the music of local electronic experimentalist Brendan Murray (in his first performance in several years). Clipson regularly presents his films as collaborative pieces with different musicians, with the assertion that the musicians don't see the work beforehand. Just as with his actual filming practice, largely based around the chance layering of multiple exposures in-camera, this calls upon the magic of luck to surprise and awe.