October 2, 2018 7:30pm
Experimental Response Cinema welcomes Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder for an in-person screening of Untitled, in conjunction with their installation as part of the AIR conference at the University of Texas School of Architecture.
16mm film transferred to digital video, sound by Olivia Block, 42 minutes, SOS Editions, 2008
The black-and-white film Untitled is a poetic and conceptual exploration of the medium of film and its technical screening conditions. The central actors are the light and the various shades of darkness it produces. As in many of their film performances and installations, the New York artist duo Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder take the apparatus of the projector as a point of departure to release the medium itself: By liberating the film projection of the baggage of narrative content, they allow the sequential images to take the stage in their own right. In doing so, they juxtapose the minimalism of the perceptible elements to the numerous resulting effects, ranging from complex pictorial spatiality to pulsating movements. Gibson and Recoder “like to think of themselves as facilitators of an expanded concept of cinema not necessarily outside of the so-called black box but precisely within the obscurity of its immanent darkness.”
The evening will also include a slide-show presentation and discussion of the installation version Atmos.
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder have been working together since 2000. Their works have received international recognition and have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), REDCAT (CA), Viennale (Vienna, Austria), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf, Germany), M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium), Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal) and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan). Gibson + Recoder live and work in New York.
The installation version of Untitled, titled Atmos, is on view at the School of Architecture (CAAD) of the University of Texas as part of the symposium and exhibition AIR. For more information visit: https://www.airsymposium.com/exhibition/