Tony Conrad (1940–2016) was the subject of an NEA-funded Immersive Cinema residency hosted by Cinematheque in 2009. In his memory we are proud to present Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Tyler Hubby’s rich and loving portrait of Conrad as well as tonight’s evening of films. A 2009 interview with Conrad by Cinematheque’s Artistic Director Steve Polta is available here for the very first time.
Electrons meet the orgone in this overflowing smorgasbord of live sound, hybrid analog/digital video jamming, feedback loop freak outs and robotic puppet show spectacle run amuck—promising to fill Cinematheque’s Center for New Music project space with performers, projectors and gadgets galore.
Please join us at the Center for New Music for a special reception and silent art auction from 7pm to 10pm—including fabulous food, libations and music from DJ Keith Slogan with many artists and filmmakers in person—in celebration and support of San Francisco Cinematheque, our artists and our upcoming 54th year of exhibiting cutting-edge avant-garde film and video art!
Over 50 international, national and regional artists have contributed artworks to this year’s stellar exhibition of drawings, paintings, photography, collage and multi-media installations. We are proud to feature work by Miya Ando, Kim Anno, Craig Baldwin, Bonnie Banks, Tommy Becker, Gina Borg, Nate Boyce, Tim Buckwalter, Brian Caraway, Deric Carner, Alexander Cheves, Joshua Churchill, Paul Clipson, Bill Daniel, John Davis, Nathaniel Dorsky, Veronica De Jesus, Lauren Douglas, Jeanne C. Finley + John Muse, Maria Forde, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Brynda Glazier, Mayumi Hamanaka, Jeff Hantman, Lynn Hershman, Carrie Hott, Lawrence Jordan, Miranda July, Kevin Killian, Kadet Kuhne, Kerry Laitala, Sarah Jane Lapp, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Walter Logue, Terri Loewenthal, Jodie Mack, Anne McGuire, Kim Miskowicz, Grace Rosario Perkins, Carissa Potter, Kathleen Quillian, Dick Ramsey, Amy Rathbone, Gwenaël Rattke, Michael Robinson, Jeremy Rourke, Alexander Stewart, Chris Thorson, Mark Wilson, Vanessa Woods, Karen Yasinsky and more.
San Francisco Cinematheque presents Makino Takashi: Space Noise. Makino Takashi is one of the most prolific and adventurous filmmakers working in Japan today and is known world wide for his complex, immersive and overwhelming film experiences. Treating image and sound as elements of equal importance, Makino produces immense and infinite non-narrative and abstract film works, at once cosmic and organic, which activate the screening space in powerful and dynamic suggestions of depth and infinity. As part of a special West Coast tour, Makino Takashi appears in person at San Francisco Cinematheque to present and perform live soundtracks for two recent works: Space Noise, “a duel between the all-dominant immaculate digital and the irregular organic material dissolves in multiple layers of chaos,” and Phantom Nebula, “a changeable ethereal gaseous mass with no definite form” (S8: Mostra de Cinema Periférico).
Joshua Churchill, John Davis and Greg Pope In Person Presented in association with ShapeShifters Cinema and Stanford University’s Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery
In Apparent Motion 2012—the performance cinema centerpiece to that year’s Crossroads film festival—British artist Greg Pope brought down the house with the 16mm Cipher Screen, his two-projector masterwork of erasure and construction. For a follow-up appearance Pope returns to the Bay Area for a series of expanded cinema performances with live sound collaboration at Stanford University, ShapeShifters Cinema and Cinematheque. Tonight’s program features Pope’s his dual-slide projector piece Celluloid, a slide projector-based flicker film, a “celluloid ghost,” a proto-cinematic excursion through the detritus of industrial cinema. Live soundtrack to Celluloid to be performed by local electroacoustic ensemble Voicehandler. Single-channel films by Pope—including Mass Observation, Moon Walk and Incidence Room—will also screen. Preceding Pope is the Bay Area’s own John Davis with his sound/image amalgams and live slo-motion image analysis, presented with the live sonic accompaniment of Joshua Churchill. (Steve Polta)