From: Patrick Friel (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Apr 15 2009 - 19:22:08 PDT
WHITE LIGHT CINEMA PRESENTS
LOCATIVE ENIGMA - FRAMESHAPE OF HARD METTLES - A PERSONAL PROBLEM
Projection Performance by Bruce McClure
Friday, April 24 - 8:30pm
At The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Bruce McClure will beat us down with light and sound and we will like it.
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
If you have not seen Bruce McClure before, you need to! If you have seen
him, then you'll understand the excitement!
White Light Cinema is extremely pleased to present Brooklyn-based
experimental filmmaker Bruce McClure in his first Chicago appearance in over
four years. McClure will be performing two brand-new live projection
performances, as part of the White Light Cinema series, at The Nightingale
on April 24 (in advance of his April 26 performance as the opener for the
band Throbbing Gristle at Logan Square Auditorium). McClure is a
moving-image magician, who forges stunning and immersive light and sound
works from a motley assortment of specially-modified 16mm projectors, film
loops, transformers, and guitar effects pedals.
These live works (McClure manipulates the projectors, light, and sound in
much the same way an improvisatory musician does his instrument) create a
pulsing, flickering environment filled with a minimal percussive beat. Over
the last several years McClure's work has become as much about the sound as
they are the "image" (there are plans to release a recording of
"Producing a totally sensory experience, McClure's projector performances
are informed by the way the brain reacts to light and sound. Using an array
of modified 16mm projectors, film loops, and guitar pedals, his work
challenges cinematic conventions. Film loops patterned with patches of
emulsion on a translucent base are combined with an optical soundtrack to
create a physically intense adventure. His performances have amazed
audiences at the Whitney Biennial and the Rotterdam Film Festival, and have
garnered him the 2008 Alpert Award in the Arts." (Walker Art Center)
"Incandescent Machine Age - At the circus, in the safety of our seats, we
watch the elephant coaxed into intemperate feats. As the lights come up we
realize that we never left the velveteen plush of the movie house. Products
of the 19th century, incandescent light and its offspring, the movie
projector, were given a voice in the 1920's by optical sound. These
revolutionary technologies may be languishing at the edge of extinction but
will be celebrated and preserved as echoes and afterimages of the machine
age resonating in the vitality of 21st century consciousness.
This Living Hand - The movie camera engraves light traces on silver lockets.
I prefer the giving company of a movie projector that can paradoxically
transubstantiate still births reviving them in the minds of the living. My
'Projection Performances' are a call to witness the discreet and yet
simultaneous actions of shuttered lamplight through the body of film and the
glissando of light along the register of optical sound shading its
substrate. I am fortunate to share the reciprocity of this fascinating
machine and our senses. With everyone on this side of the picture plane,
however, there is a real possibility of losing control. The room, the
projector, the projectionist, the screen, an audience of nerve fibers and
all cinematic presuppositions are brought to bear on the moment. Danger is
indispensable to my projection performances. This living hand - see, here it
is - I hold it toward you.
Timekiller To His Spacemaker - Three modified 16 mm. projectors fitted with
folliums and loops, bipacked or otherwise, will hurl bombolts shaped by hand
and guitar effects windowed by loudspeakers. Vouchsafe me more soundpicture!
It gives me furiously to think. This brilling waveleaplights! They arise
from a clear springwell in the near of our park which makes the daft to hear
all blend. This place of endearment! Only in darkness is your shadow clear.
Monster magnet, I can see by the hole in your head that you want to be
friends youčre the right one baby. Dopes to infinity. Muttaliter foretold
within wheels and stucks between spokes . . . now measure your length. Now
estimate my capacity. Is this space our couple of hours too dimensional for
you, temporizer? Will you give up" (Bruce McClure)
That Bright Soasuch to Slip (2009, 30 mins.)
Barra di Torsione (2009, 30 mins.)
Bruce McClure Bio:
Bruce McClure is a licensed architect living in Brooklyn, NY. In 1994 he
began working with stroboscopic discs as an entry to cinematic pursuits.
Since 1995 his film and live projector performances have been exhibited at
numerous venues and festivals around the world, including the Rotterdam
International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the
New York Film Festival's "Views of the Avant-Garde," the Whitney Biennial,
the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, as well as in the UK,
Italy, Australia, and elsewhere. Locally, he has performed at Chicago
Filmmakers and at the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago.
More on Bruce McClure here:
*** McClure will have a limited number of newly-pressed advance copies of a
vinyl LP of his "soundtracks" recorded at the Walker Art Center for sale at
This program screens Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:30pm at The Nightingale
(1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.).
Admission: $7.00-10.00 sliding scale
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.