Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:59 pm

Perpetual Motion

September 16-December 7, 2016 @ Gray Area / Grand Theater


2665 Mission Street

San Francisco

Graphic Identity: The Call


presented by San Francisco Cinematheque in association with Gray Area
September 16-December 7, 2016

Location: All events will be held at Gray Area’s Grand Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Showtime: 8pm, unless otherwise noted.
Admissions: Early Bird $10; Presales $15; Door $20 / Cinematheque members $8 (DOOR ONLY)

All artists will be live in performance.

SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE and GRAY AREA present PERPETUAL MOTION, the largest convergence of international, multi-generational performance cinema practitioners ever assembled in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Performance Cinema: an exciting and emergent genre of avant-garde moving-image art which represents a crucial attack on the sterility of the contemporary, digitally-located media environment, arguing for the embodied, collective consideration of real-time, site-specific media experiences. Through mis-used or modified analog film projectors, live video synthesis and physical interaction with the media interface, performance cinema practitioners variously burn, etch, mutilate and destroy projected film, machinery and the image itself. Performance Cinema practitioners create immersive spectacles of sight and sound, opening a space for questioning and contemplating visual culture through direct activation of the senses. As a dynamic, regenerating and resurrecting media experience, Performance Cinema exists only in the moment of perception and is truly an art of its time. 

September 16 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program One: Dust to Dust

arc (Oakland) / Jürgen Reble (Germany) / Trinchera Ensamble (Mexico City/Seattle)
Advance tickets here.
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September 17 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Two: Ghosts in the Machines
Scott Arford (Oakland) / Michael A. Morris (Dallas) / Le Révélateur  (Sabrina Ratté and Roger Tellier-Craig; Montréal)
Advance tickets here.
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CANCELLED: October 11 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Three: Ken Jacobs' Nervous Magic Lantern
Ken Jacobs (NYC)
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October 26 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Four: Natural Forces
Beige (Vanessa O'Neill and Kent Long; Richmond) / Keith Evans (Bolinas) / Karl Lemieux (Montréal) + BJ Nilsen (Sweden)
Advance tickets here.
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November 9 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Five: Spectres
Kerry Laitala (San Francisco) + Voicehandler (Oakland) / Raha Raissnia (Tehran/Brooklyn) + Panagiotis Mavridis (Greece/Brooklyn) / John Davis (Vallejo)
Advance tickets here.
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November 22 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Six: Birth / Death / Resurrection
Malic Amalya + Nathan Hill (Oakland) / Sally Golding (Australia/UK) / Hangjun Lee (Seoul) + Jérôme Noetinger (Grenoble)
Advance tickets here.
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December 7 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Seven: Cinema of Confrontation / The End
Bruce McClure (Brooklyn) / Greg Pope (UK/Norway) + Sult (Norway/Oakland)
Advance tickets here.
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Perpetual Motion is a presentation of San Francisco Cinematheque in partnership with Gray Area and is supported by generous funding from the Fleishhacker FoundationSan Francisco Arts CommissionSan Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the ArtsThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsThe Phyllis C. Wattis FoundationZellerbach Family Foundation and by generous donations from Cinematheque’s individual donors and members.

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