From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Feb 04 2009 - 09:43:31 PST
Only in Darkness Is Your Shadow Clear
A projection performance by Bruce McClure
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 7:30pm
220 36th Street, 5th Floor - The first event in our NEW SPACE!
Brooklyn, New York
³Strobing can be defined as an illusion, or impression, created by a regular
relationship between the speed of the subject matter being photographed and
the interval between exposures. Wheels that appear to be turning backward,
despite the obvious forward motion of the vehicle, offer an excellent
example of this kind of illusory effect. Strobing is generally regarded by a
cameraman as undesirable and is often minimized by changing the number of
spokes on the wheel. Meanwhile, in the repose of the movie house, with
photography behind us, it is the phasing of light and sound and its
cessation, all according to the constancy of the projectorıs action that
provides us with an occasion for a desirable mental wandering.
³I prefer the sensational company of nerve fibers provoked in the binary
incandescence of the projector to the engraving of light on silver lockets
hoarded by the Cyclops in its shady coffer. Light modulated first by the
shutter and then by a slip of film over the optical sound system are a
speechless caravan gaining entrance by lid and auricular to a watery home.
³This said, I will conclude my descriptive treatment of Only in Darkness Is
Your Shadow Clearı by saying that the audience will witness another
resurrection of the incandescent machine age. I will use three modified 16
millimeter projectors, three film foliums, two of which that will be
bi-packed with loops, guitar effects pedals and two loudspeakers. I would
also like to note that the title for this show comes from a poem by Hart
Crane and is a correlate of lyrics taken from Monster Magnetıs Dopes to
Infinityı I can see by the hole in your head that you want to be friends
youıre the right one baby.² - BM
Followed by a conversation between McClure and Glen Fogel.
Bruce McClure graduated from architectural school in 1985, received his
license to practice in 1992 and continues to work in offices in New York
City. In 1994 his interests turned from static to moving images and now
occupy most of his time when not at work. Originally attracted to abandoned
technologies, he began working with effects created by a variety of simple
devices such as the phenakistascope (1830). Recombining spinning discs and
Edgertonıs xenon flash (1930) gave rise to a mongrelized roto-optics that
eventually suggested the movie projector as the best means to wallow in
temporal dynamics. His projector performances have been featured
internationally at a wide range of venues and events, including two recent
Whitney Biennials, the Walker Art Center, International Film Festival
Rotterdam, and Image Forum (Japan). Since 2002 he has shown annually at
Media City, a festival in Windsor, Ontario, where he has premiered many
works and won several awards. In 2008 he was the recipient of an Alpert
Award in the Arts.
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Last March, Light Industry began operations in Industry City, a 16-building
industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that is home to a cross-section
of manufacturing, warehousing and, of course, light industry. The founding
of the organization dovetailed with a regeneration program at Industry City
intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square feet of space to
better reflect 21st century production, and as part of this program Industry
City initiated a cultural component that began with developing workspace for
artists, including studios at competitive rates as well as a limited number
of low-cost Incubator Studios for artists in financial need. Light Industry
set up shop in a donated Incubator space, inaugurating a partnership between
Light Industry and Industry City.
The arts initiative at Industry City was conceived in response to the lack
of affordable workspace for artists in New York City and, more broadly, aims
to establish a new paradigm for both cultural and industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace industry, workers, artists or
local residents but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production (for more information, please
visit http://www.industrycityart project.org ).
This week, Light Industry is relocating to a new, larger space at 220 36th
Street in Building 2 of Industry City, just around the corner from our
current 33rd Street location in Building 9. As we expand our programming
substantially in 2009, this move marks an exciting new phase in Light
Industryıs still brief history, and is a testament to Industry Cityıs
continued generosity and support of the project.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.