Co-presented by EXcinema and The Sprocket Society
Various / 80min / 16mm
selection of outstanding 20th century experimental shorts, culled from
the secret vaults of The Sprocket Society. Rare 16mm film prints of
pioneering animation, abstraction, visual music and collage by such
masters as Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire
Parker, Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, Jim Davis, Douglass
Crockwell, Arthur Lipsett and others.
In the 1600s, a network of
proto-scientists and "natural philosophers" (and a few occultists) came
together as The Invisible College -- an "institution without walls" with
no fixed home or declared identity, dedicated simply to furthering
knowledge through experimental investigation. Together, they helped lay
the groundwork for modern science.
In the 20th century, another
"Invisible College" coalesced: a very loose web of artists and creative
scientists (and a few occultists), working alone yet inevitably
influenced by each other, who dedicated themselves to advancing movies
through experimental investigation. Together, they discovered entirely
new forms of visual expression, and laid the groundwork for modern
This program pays tribute to some of these latter-day
alchemists, with a non-denominational selection of rare 16mm film prints
curated by Spencer Sundell, offering a snapshot of breakthroughs that
transformed movies, and thus how we see the world.
September 11th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
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