Expanded Cinema Night

Bloodlust of the American Dream
Expanded Cinema Performances by
Thurday, March 17th 7PM
Asheville Art Incubator, 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville
$5 Tickets

but no one turned away!

Join us for a night of EXPANDED CINEMA performances at Mechanical Eye Microcinema! What is expanded cinema, you ask? If we think about traditional cinema as only the screen – the projector, the camera, the (wo)man behind the curtain rendered invisible – then expanded cinema is removing the curtain. These pieces transform, edit, or perform cinema as you watch it. It is so much fun!

Photo by Alison Brockhouse

The Performances:
(2015, live cinema performance)

Blood Lust of the Wolf is a new live cinema performance that remixes the classic film Nanook of the North (dir. Robert Flaherty, 1922) into a fugue state about race, ethnicity and exploitation.

The show dissects the core of what makes Nanook disturbing yet compelling nearly a century later—the film’s approach to ethnography.

By examining the landscape and people that were once fragmented during Flaherty’s filmmaking process, and reassembling them into new personas and places, Blood Lust of the Wolf invites the audience to reconsider their own positions and complicities in global systems of race and exploitation.

RELIEVING THE AMERICAN DREAM – by Charlotte Taylor & Robert Edmondson
(2014, 16mm multiprojector film & sound performance)

An expanded cinema, multi-projector film performance shot on a cross country road trip. 16mm and super8 film loops are layered with sounds of the spaces on the road, to inspect, re-evaluate, and relieve the “American Dream.”

Check out this interview about Relieving the American Dream from Indie Grits Festival: http://www.indiegrits.com/relieving-the-american-dream-an-interview-with-charlotte-and-robert/
Check out Simon’s website: http://quarknova.com/blood/
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Phantomythography & Glitch Perfect

Glitch Perfect

an installation & workshop by
OK Keyes

Saturday, March 12th
installation 11-4pm, workshop 1-3pm

Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St, Asheville


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Investigations of “ghosts,” defined as discrete packets of energy generated through the process of memory. If memory processing is a system, then a “ghost” would be the thermal energy released due to friction.


Phantomythography: A Young Ghost Comes of Age – is a multi-projection video installation piece, exploring the fiction of memory and identity through the lens of a queer Southern space. A haunted forrest is constructed through fragmented screens, upon which the distorted, disjointed narrative of two girls caught in a never ending game of chase unfolds.

OK Keyes will be here IN PERSON to talk about her work!
Installation open all day in the Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library!

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Glitch Perfect

Glitch Perfect: A Free Glitchmaking Workshop – Is a glitch still a glitch if you do it on purpose? These are the kind of questions asked in our technical workshop on glitch art and the power of breaking. Queer Theory meets media art in this step by step process for creating your own glitchy GIFs using open source software.

Target age group: adolescents, teens, & young adults (but open to everyone!)
Workshop runs from 1-3pm in the computer lab at the library.

About OK Keyes:

O.K. Keyes is adjunct professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, teaching courses in video production and media arts education. Their research focuses on youth media practices and the ways in which social media technologies can enhance the classroom experience rather than detract. Currently they are serving as the Youth OUTLOUD Coordinator, a safe and affirming discussion group for LGBT youth and allies, as well as the Media Educator for TakeBreakMake, an after-school, youth media based project for high school students in Richland County District. Their curriculum development centers around moving the conversation about queerness away from identity and more towards interruption. Weaving together lines of thought from queer theory, post-feminist theory, transgender studies, media history, fandom studies, and even ghost stories, they demonstrate the ways in which marginalized communities not only create new stories but also craft new ways of storytelling. Ongoing projects include a number of queer-focused short films and media performances, arts-based workshops with adolescent girls in juvenile arbitration, filmmaking summer camps for youth, and occasionally workshop-in-the-woods centered on DIY filmmaking practices. 

Check out Keyes’ website: http://www.okkeyes.com/
Join our Facebook events: https://www.facebook.com/events/978699458865839/

The Found Footage Films of Jen Proctor

The Found Footage Films of
Thurday, February 18th 7PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street
$5 Tickets

but no one turned away!


“Anything which was taken for granted as not serious, not art, just things that are thrown away, were exactly what I paid attention to. …if you want to know what’s going on ina culture, look at what everybody takes for granted. Put your attnetion on that, rather than on what they want to show you.” – Bruce Conner – A Movie

Join us for a night of found footage film with the fabulous Jen Proctor. Watch a shot for shot side by side remake of Bruce Conner’s found footage classic A Movie, a textual adaptation of “Boundless Ontologies”, a laser pointer interactive documentary, and mashups galore!

Jen will be here (all the way from Michigan!) in person to talk about her work!!



The Lineup:
A Movie
(2010-2012, 12:00, digital video/found footage)
A loving remake of Bruce Conner’s seminal 1958 found footage film A Movie using appropriated material from YouTube and LiveLeak. As a remake, the video provides a parallel narrative that explores the changes in historical and visual icons from 1958 to 2010 – and those images that remain surprisingly, and delightfully, the same. The work also comments on the pervasiveness of footage available for appropriation in an online world, and the way disparate threads in the YouTube and LiveLeak databases can be assembled to create “a movie.”

So’s Nephew by Remes (thanx to Michael Snow) by Jorrie Penn Croft
(2015, 27:32, digital video/found footage)
This work is a textual video adaptation of Justin Remes’ essay, “Boundless Ontologies: Michael Snow, Wittgenstein, and the Textual Film,” published in Cinema Journal, 54.3, Spring 2015.

(2005, 5:00, 8mm, Image by Aaron Valdez, Sound Design by Jennifer Proctor)
A meditation on lost memories through the tail end discards of old 8mm home movies.

found footage/mashup video

troubling your horizons
(laser pointer & interactive video)
This nonlinear documentary is, at its heart, an experimental, interactive home movie, a tribute to an inseverable attachment to, and profound respect for, the sea. And, significantly, it’s an ode to the family that raised me in this life.

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Check out Jen’s website: http://cargo.jenniferproctor.com/
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