Thursday, December 12, 2002

Luis Recoder's Liminal Lumen

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Whether re-presenting virtually intact found footage film or manually ‘playing’ raw projector light, the cinema of (sometimes) Bay Area filmmaker Luis Recoder is the cinema of material, of light and of performance. Recoder’s films-variously performed ‘live’ or projected traditionally-always work to keep the viewer strangely in a present tense of direct experience. Even while reflecting on the hypothetical ‘death’ of cinema, Recoder’s films subtly argue for sensual renewal and direct experience of each passing moment. Tonight’s program, the Liminal Lumen cycle, consists of Recoder’s recent films (Shift, Still Succession, Linea, Liquid Light and a two-projector audio work Spacings), abstract films created sans camera, explorations of the ecstasies of light, time and emulsive potential. (Steve Polta)