Balagan Experimental Film Program: VICIOUS CIRCLE
April 23, 2013
Thomas Dexter, Action/Film, 16mm projection performance
Action/Film is an expanded cinema performance that uses direct animation, light-to-sound synthesis, a “prepared” projection surface, and the destruction of the film itself. Starting with blank loops of 16mm film leader, the actions of the projectionist; drawing, scratching, erasing, generate both a formalist visual composition and a real-time graphical score for electronic sound.
As the audience becomes aware of the projectionist’s interventions, attention drifts between the audio / visual illusions in the space of the screen and their active mechanical and physical counterparts at the site of projection. In exposing this material process, Action/Film questions the place of filmic display in a media terrain increasingly marked by the virtual, insubstantial, and hidden.
Never the same twice, the performance ends when the film loops break.
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