pictured above: Entangled Nightvisions (2017) by Aura Satz
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Speculative films on indeterminacy, quantum entanglement, physics, biology, the spiritual nature of light (and dark), the nature of inquiry (scientific and otherwise) and belief in myriad forms. Subjects bear witness, provide testimony, ponder evidence. Cinematic questing on philosophy and states of being, matter and energy. Complex bodies come into being.
Fugue, A Light’s Travelogue (2017) by Els van Riel (Belgium); 16mm, color, sound, 27 minutes, print from Arsenal—Institute for Film and Video Art U.S. premiere
The film Fugue, A Light’s Travelogue is a result of trying to understand the complexity of light. Through this work I started figuring out what light and the importance of its energy is all about. Physicist responded with an unsatisfying “that’s a philosophical question,” philosophers returned with the same—“this is a question for physicists.” So I wandered through the history of its science and constructed a film that piles up details of it, in order to simply sing for its existence in an essay. I believed that if I projected and re-filmed images associated with the history of the science of light and then re-projected and re-filmed these films again and repeated this process over and over again by adding a potentially infinite number of new layers, I would eventually arrive at a sensible insight. Though surely not only for my own delight, Fugue aspires to be an invitation to reach towards the essence of light. (Els van Riel)
Entangled Nightvisions (2017) by Aura Satz (UK); digital video, color, sound, 12 minutes, exhibition file from the maker U.S. premiere
Philosopher Johnny Golding ruminates on a formative childhood experience, when her father brought home an early prototype of night vision he was working on for the American Military “Project Eyeglass” (for ARPA—Advanced Research Projects Agency). Shot using corrupted nightvision footage, the film explores Johnny’s interest in quantum physics, entanglement and her philosophy of Radical Matter. (Aura Satz)
Ears, Nose and the Throat (2016) by Kevin Jerome Everson (USA); digital video, b&w, sound, 10 minutes, exhibition file from Pictures Palace Pictures
During an ears, nose and throat examination Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eye witnessed. (Kevin Jerome Everson)
IFO (2016) by Kevin Jerome Everson (USA); digital video, b&w, sound, 10 minutes, exhibition file from Pictures Palace Pictures
IFO (Identified Flying Object) is about three famous UFO sightings over Mansfield, Ohio. (Kevin Jerome Everson)
内共生 (Inside the Shared Life) (2017) by Erin Espelie (USA); digital video, color, sound, 9 minutes, exhibition file from the maker bay area premiere
Underwater creatures—snapping shrimp, bearded seals, sperm whales—populate the soundscape here, alongside the ghost voice of biologist Lynn Margulis, who rails against authority, societal amnesia and easy answers to explain the beauty of complex inheritances. (Erin Espelie)
CROSSROADS 2018 is generously supported by: the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, the Willow Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Cinematheque’s Members and Donors.