|Still from “Blazes” by Robert Breer|
San Francisco, CA, USA — The Exploratorium is pleased to present the second installment in a series of three programs featuring undiscovered gems from Canyon’s Cinema’s collection. This family-friendly selection of films considers the various ways a filmmaker can chose to observe. Using single film frames flashing quickly or multiple vantage points in a single image, these filmmakers explore how the perception of the observer can, with the slightest shift, can be entirely transformed. Canyon Cinema is a San Francisco–based filmmakers’ cooperative specializing in the distribution of avant-garde and experimental films.
The program for November 3 is as follows:
Blazes (1961, 3 min, 16mm) Switching between 100 individual images painted directly on the film for exactly 1000 frames, Robert Breer’s Blazes challenges how we observe; moving rapidly, shifting suddenly, going in and out of focus. With a pulsating soundtrack, the experience becomes synesthetic and subconscious.
Hand-Held Day (1976, 6 min, 16mm) East and west meet in a single frame in a time-lapsed observation of a full day in the Arizona desert. Holding a mirror in front of the camera, Gary Beydler captures the subtle nuances of light and significant differences in perception possible in a seemingly contained space.
Om (1986, 4 min, 16mm) Deceptive in its simplicity, John Smith’s film exploits and manipulates the power of suggestion, using visual cues to engage our proclivity for stereotyping before visually – and ideologically – thwarting expectations.
Up and Down the Waterfront (1946, 8 min, 16mm) A masterful city symphony, Rudy Burckhardt’s Up and Down the Waterfront sets the quotidian activities of the post-War New York City waterfront to a mournful jazz score.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. In the spring of 2013, the Exploratorium will move to Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco’s waterfront district, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come.