“Film is capable of presenting unrealistic worlds as a vivid reality and creating a strange space peculiar to the media. My major intention is to change the ordinary every day life scenes and draw the audience (myself) into a vortex of supernatural illusion by exercising the magic of films.” – Takashi Ito
To celebrate our sixth anniversary we’ve assembled an evening of determined visual magic, radical geometry and single frame exaltation. Takashi Ito’s sublime Spacy uses the Droste effect (or mise-en-abyme), to turn 700 photographs of a gymnasium into a glorious ten-minute kinetic voyage. Paul Sharits’s seminal Ray Gun Virus is a colour field flicker film that offers a visceral palette of sensory pleasures. Rose Lowder’s Scenes de la vie francaise: La Ciotat is from her four-part series “Scenes de la vie francaise” which references the Lumieres and shows two versions of the same scene, shot frame by frame acutely examining the impact of scale, duration and time. La Ciotat features animated landscapes of the port, dry docks, shipyard workers, launched tankers, fishermen and the beach, showing us contrasting views of the Cote d’Azur port city with graceful perception.
- Spacy (Takashi Ito, 1979, Japan, 16mm, 10 minutes, sound)
- Scenes de la vie francaise: La Ciotat (Rose Lowder, 1986, France, 16mm, 31 min., silent)
- Ray Gun Virus (Paul Sharits, 1966, USA, 16mm, 14 min., sound)
$5-10 suggested donation Thanks to CFMDC, Light Cone, Josh Romphf, Matt Rossoni and the Gladstone Hotel.