New Bruce McClure Performance at Ocularis

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Mar 11 2006 - 15:31:55 PST

at Galapagos Art Space
70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

Monday, March 13 at 8 PM
Bruce McClure: Thwarted, Throttled, Thrown and Then Thump

An evening of live performance and discussion by 'paracinema' artist Bruce
McClure. Since 1994, when he started designing discs for an updated
phenakistiscope (animation device that dates back to the 1830s), artist and
architect Bruce McClure has amassed a body of work that uses the occasion of
film projection to create a visceral hybrid of vaudeville, installation and
cinema. Drawing on the experience of Harold Edgerton's stroboscopic flash
and the flicker films of recent decades, McClure has developed his own
lexicon of intervaled light, reveling in the grammar of its repetition to
evoke altered states of consciousness.

For this lecture-demonstration, the artist will premiere a new work,
prepared specifically for Ocularis, and discuss the techniques of its
effect. Special attention will be given to the morphology of the 16mm
projector and the emancipating effect of obstructions to its ordinary
functions. An inventory of his expanded cinema tools, optical soundtracks,
and performance issues will be discussed. Dialogue is encouraged between the
audience and artist.

"This presentation will consist of works that articulate the willful glow of
the projector bulb while shunning the cozening effect of cinema. The camera
is now off our backs and film, typically an intermediate agent, takes on a
new identity.  Here the projector will be our dutiful companion perched over
our shoulders motoring through time with the beat of intermittent light. 
Film, once criticized as out of focus, becomes recognizable.  The projector,
whose machinery, optics, and sound system have been shunted to the wayside,
re-enter the theater not as cinema's silent and faithful servant, but as a
star." - Bruce McClure

Curated and facilitated by Nick Hallett.

Ticket Price - $6

For more information, please contact Thomas Beard (email suppressed).

Thomas Beard 
Program Director 
at Galapagos Art Space
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.