Saturday, April 7, 2012

Texts of Light II: A Mid-Career Retrospective of Fourteen Films by David Gatten

Four Films Toward Part V of Secret History of the Dividing Line, A True Account in Nine Parts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

series curated by Chris Stults, Film/Video Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts and presented in association with the San Francisco Center for the Book and the Prelinger Library
David Gatten In Person
[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

This constellation of four films, a program created expressly for this retrospective, provides a unique glimpse at the still-in-progress fifth film of the Secret History project. The works comprise studies for (or intact stand-alone sections of) the epic, years-in-the-making feature-length film (which, taking its title from a volume in William Byrd’s library, will be called Gadbury’s Doctrine of Nativities, Containing the whole Art of Directions and Annual Revolutions: Whereby any man (even of an Ordinary Capacity) may be enabled to discover the most Remarkable and Occult Accidents of his Life, as they shall occur to him in the whole Course there of, either for Good or Evil). This program provides the fulcrum of this retrospective, a taking stock (and culmination) of David Gatten‘s current practice at a crucial moment before unveiling a new phase of his career. (Chris Stults, Wexner Center for the Arts) Program to include: The Mater Propounded, Of Its Possibility or Impossibility, Treated in Four Parts; How to Conduct a Love Affair; So Sure of Nowhere Buying Times to Come and Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 323: Once Upon a Time in the West.