Expanded Cinema Workshop with Sara Sowell
JUNE 3 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM | Blinkers Art + Project Space
In this workshop we will explore the ontological and historical implications of Expanded Cinematic Practices using 16mm projectors, optical soundtracks, clear leader, film scraps, projector lenses, gels, glass and metal objects to create live improvisational loop-performances.
Using performance, we will question the stability of the projected image and intervene in the hegemony of the film frame.
Using domestic, industrial, and discarded objects, we will find ways of expression through the orchestration of materials. Through the presence of our individual and collective bodies, we will explore possible gestures between us and the projective apparatus. The projector’s beam will act as a camera, and artists as the agents of live image-production.
Though it is not required, participants are invited to bring in their own 16mm material and/or cinematically curious objects with the intention of experimentation. Some film scraps, tape, tools and objects will be provided. Sound possibilities are also welcome, including text or voice or instruments.
The goal for this workshop is for each participant to create a 3-5 minute performance with 16mm loops, objects and a soundtrack. Splicing these loops together into a reel could culminate in a final group performance.
“The movie camera engraves live traces on silver lockets. I prefer the giving company of a movie projector that can paradoxically transubstantiate [dead images] reviving them in the minds of the living… I am fortunate to share the reciprocity of this fascinating machine [the projector] and our senses… This living hand–see, here it is–I hold it toward you.” - Bruce McClure
Recommended texts: Cinema Expanded; Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia by Jonathan Walley
THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE TO ATTEND AND IS LIMITED TO 8 SPOTS.
Image courtesy of Sara Sowell, live performance of Dada's Daughter