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  • Scratch Projection: Hybridation

    Carte blanche to Kim Knowles (Black Box, Edinburgh International Film Festival)

    In a post-screening discussion at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2013, veteran experimental filmmaker Michael Snow referred to the contemporary technological moment in terms of ‘mediums eating mediums’. The current state of analogue obsolescence might indeed be conceived in the context of consumption – one medium rendered obsolete by another, and framed by the wider drive towards (capitalist) progress and commodity culture. But thinking about the relationship between different mediums does not necessarily mean replacement (a negative formulation) but coexistence. In this sense, exploring the field of hybrid practice allows us to reflect on notions of medium-specificity, looking at ways in which different media may enter into a dialogue with each other. It offers a way out of the either/or polarisation that often surrounds the debate about analogue and digital technologies, and shows how the merging or alternating of mediums and formats widens the cinematic palette. This programme brings together films that approach the theme of hybridisation or coexistence in different ways, often explicitly staging the question of obsolescence in creative terms, and foregrounding cinema as a constantly shifting mode of perception.


    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 20:30


  • Symmetries and abstractions: Films and videos by Scott Stark

    With Scott Stark in Person!

    White Light Cinema is excited to welcome Scott Stark, who will present a small sampling of his film and video work. Stark has selected four new and recent works—Bloom (2012), Speechless (2008), the double 16mm film Nocturnal symmetries (2014), and his amazing digital video The realist (2013)—along with an early film, Hotel Cartograph (1983).

    Together, these five works are a mapping of many diverse aspects of Stark’s artistic practice. From his formal investigations into symmetry, patterning, abstraction, and mirroring that can be found in many of his works to inquiries into the perceptual and phenomenological nature of the media (film, video, digital) to the act of seeing, and questions of representation. They are also visually rich works, concerned as much about color and texture as they are with structure. They are about rhythm and movement, either on screen or in the editing. Sometimes they are humorous. Sometimes they are political (in the broadest sense). Sometimes they are provocative/provoking. Always they are stimulating—visually and intellectually.

    Over the last 34 years Stark has created an uncompromised body of work that is remarkable in its complexity and simplicity, its rigor and playfulness, and its focus and openness.


    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 19:00


  • Frans Zwartjes: The Great Cinema Magician

    Purge and the ICA present the films of Frans Zwartjes in their original 16mm format. Acclaimed as 'the great cinema magician' in his native Holland, and widely considered 'Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker', Zwartjes is also a painter, craftsman and musician: a polymath who defies categorisation, following in and ultimately expanding a tradition of great Dutch masters.

    Zwartjes creates 'highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films which achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism.'

    Championed by Susan Sontag ('the most important experimental filmmaker of his time') and Amos Vogel (distributor of Zwartjes’ films in the US), and recently subject to a large retrospective at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, this ICA screening is the first time that these films have ever been shown in the UK in their original format.


    Sunday, May 11, 2014 (All day)
    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day)


  • Landscape Dances - Super 8 films by Richard Tuohy

    Between 2004 and 2008, Richard Tuohy made around 30 short films on Super 8. This was a prolific (and unexpected) return to the small gauge after a protracted hiatus from film-making. 

    'Landscape Dances' (a term coined by friend, painter and Melbourne Super 8 Group figure Maeve Woods to describe some of Tuohy's films from this period) is a representative selection of 9 short and rarely seen 'camera original' Super 8 works on Kodachrome, Ektachrome and Tri-X. 

    These films portray a deep, if somewhat troubled, appreciation of the Australian nature-scape and a abiding fascination with the possibilities of the super 8 camera.


    Friday, April 25, 2014 - 19:30


  • Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging

    Basma Alsharif in person!

    Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.


    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:00


  • Haxan Festival

    We are looking for artistic works that explore magic, the subversion of gender roles within this mysticism and ritual, and connections to the earth and nature. Possible themes include magic, sorcery, witches, warlocks, the occult, psychic phenomena, darkness, covens, spells, potions, animism, curses, the healing power of crystals, herbs, tarot, and astrology.

    Short films preferred, under 20 mins, but any length accepted. Any format, but online previews are necessary. Any production date, older films accepted.

    Deadline is May 20, 2014.

    Local artists from SF and the Bay Area encouraged!

    No submission fee!


    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day)
  • SPCL NTRST (presented by Sight Unseen)

    [SPCL NTRST] wipe[s] the console with a soft, dry cloth. [Together they] peel the white paper from the base of the [appropriated VHS footage in order to] affix the base so the < mark on [Health & Safety] and the > mark on [Music] are pointing at each other. When affixing the base, [SPCL NTRST] make[s] sure that you so not cover any of the lettering on the console. Do not touch [inadvertent musicality] for about 30 to 60 minutes after affixing it to the console. Doing so can cause the [exposed moments of emotion and subtext hidden within the practical and impersonal] to come off. 

    Do expect [Category: Health] as well as [Category: Music].

    For further information on SPCL NTRST, please visit:

    $6 General Admission

    Presented by Sight Unseen (


    Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 20:00