Sight Unseen collaborates for a second time with the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, supported in part by the T. Rowe Price Foundation, to present a cinematic celebration on the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing. These moving titles exclusively feature the Moon through a myriad of illuminating forms and stellar techniques such as digital collage, glitch technology, hand-processing, in-camera, long-exposure, optical printing, single-frame and found footage.
The group program will take place in the great outdoors at the Station North Ynot Lot on the evening of the next full moon! Not only that, but there will be a lunar eclipse that same morning!
The forthcoming definitions of or related to the Moon, featured in Celestial Object by Ben Balcom, are contemplated and confronted by these artists through acoustic experimentation, chemical treatment, light alteration and time manipulation made possible within the cinematic realm.
The natural satellite of earth; a secondary planet that orbits around the earth, visible especially at night.
Its recurring phases have caused the moon to be taken as the type of something changeable or fickle.
To ask (also cry, wish, etc.) for the moon: to demand or wish for the unattainable.
In the sublunary sphere; on earth.
In the superlunary sphere; beyond human knowledge.
- Lúa (Miguel Mariño, 2014, 16mm to digital, 11 min)
Light is the first visible animal of the invisible - Lezama Lima
A process of changing from the atomic scale to outer space, vibrant dialogue between opposite forces. A point of mutation in which darkness is replaced by light. Lúa is an abstract animation film. A handmade voyage to the moon.
- Celestial Object (Ben Balcom, 2014, 16mm to digital, 10 min)
Playful recordings of the naturalist. The observations of a difficult object.
- Contact Light (Michael Betancourt, 2012, digital, 2.5 min)
The first words broadcast from the moon were “Contact Light.” The haze of glitches are a reminder of the uncertainty of memory with even the documentation itself vanishes and all we are left with is the myth of the man in the moon.
- The Hammer and the Feather (John Woods, 2013, 16mm, 20 min)
Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei was the first to sketch the Moon with the aid of a telescope. His experiments with gravity and celestial studies would forever change our understanding of the solar system and ignite a series of scientific achievements that would reach for the stars. In three chapters, the film re-contextualizes vintage educational film footage and audio samples to take the audience from the Earth to the Moon.
- Lunar Almanac (Malena Szlam, 2013, 16mm, 4 min)
Moons in a journey through magnetic spheres, influencing subtle energies on Earth.
- Wax and Wane (Cassandra C. Jones, 2008, digital, 4 min)
Wax and Wane is a Animation made from 900 found photographs placed in order to re-create one cycle of the moon. The photographs included came from around the world and are taken by different photographers, mostly amateur and novice. I collected them from friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, strangers, image banks, photo exchanges, thrift stores, private collections, eBay, public domain archives, the US Army, NOAA and NASA.
- Place for Landing (Shambhavi Kaul, 2010, 16mm to digital, 6 min)
A household landscape of mirrors. A child and its reflection are inscribed in a shadowy lunar patchwork. The camera switches its optical pursuit: the child disappears and a bird emerges. The surveying mirror implodes or explodes into space. Its mottled hallway glass both indicates and becomes a Place For Landing. After a series of clever misdirections by the mirror, all is redeemed by a fragment of song in this unsettling haptic illusion.
- The Waiting Sands (Margaret Rorison, 2013, 16mm, 5 min)
My grandfather, Harry Bennett was a huge influence on me as a young artist and thinker. He was a painter and had made a living as an illustrator for gothic and romance novels in the 1960s. In the last month of his life, he was omitted to the hospital with terminal conditions. Unable to film him, I began to capture the harvest moon outside his bedroom window as a way to cope with the emotions I was experiencing. A few hours after the footage had been shot, my grandfather passed away. This footage serves as a document of his last breaths.
Soundtrack composed by Josh Millrod.
- Eclipse (Jeanne Liotta, 2005, 16mm, 3 min)
The lunar eclipse event of November 2003 is observed, documented, and translated via the light-sensitive medium of Kodachrome film. In the 4th c BCE Aristotle founded The Lyceum, a school for the study of all natural phenomena pursued without the aid of mathematics, which was considered too perfect for application on this imperfect terrestrial sphere. By eye and hand then, in the spirit of.