2012

Secrets of Mexuality by Martha Colburn

The Sports Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Sports have a complex, sometimes obsessive, and occasionally dangerous hold over us. To quote ABC’s Wide World of Sports, they send us “spanning the globe for the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” and provoke both commonplace sentiments and unexpected forms of fascination. The love of sports crosses boundaries of nationality, class, and […]

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Breakfast (Table-Top Dolly) by Michael Snow

The Foood Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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The discovery of a network of 100 billion neurons in the gut led scientists to nickname it our “second brain.” Like the brain in our head, it is engaged in perpetual contact with the outside world—via the food we swallow. It is the job of the gut to take in an extensive array of external […]

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Anne by Jessica Bardsley

Terror and the Inhuman

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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How can we represent “terror” and “the inhuman” in film and media? And how do each of these terms make the other intelligible? Taking up these questions from multiple angles — and thinking through the mutable and shifting boundaries of both terms — this program charts some of the ways in which notions of terror […]

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Home Stories by Matthias Müller

Interiors

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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As early as Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon” (1943), the architectural interior has been a powerful trope and a structuring figure in experimental film and video work. INTERIORS brings together nine pieces from the last four decades of moving image culture that expand upon and intensify Deren’s foundational gesture, and they do so from […]

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Deseret by James Benning

Ship to Shore – Night Two

Grant's Block (Providence)

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Magic Lantern Cinema and Balagan unite to present a pair of outdoor film events on two consecutive nights in downtown Boston and downtown Providence under the banner “Ship to Shore,” evoking the sea-faring histories of their respective cities. Each program is composed of one portrait of a water body by Peter Hutton and one landscape […]

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At Sea by Peter Hutton

Ship to Shore – Night One

Post Office Square (Boston)

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Magic Lantern Cinema and Balagan unite to present a pair of outdoor film events on two consecutive nights in downtown Boston and downtown Providence under the banner “Ship to Shore,” evoking the sea-faring histories of their respective cities. Each program is composed of one portrait of a water body by Peter Hutton and one landscape […]

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Ai (Love) by Takahiko Iimura

Scratch/Surface

Machines with Magnets

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The lure of depth is a pressing one. What violence does communion entail? What markings do we make on the surfaces that we attempt to get beyond or beneath? And what depths can we discover by mapping, tracing, or scratching at those marks, the scores and scars that punctuate even the smoothest of skins? Neither […]

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Sanctus by Barbara Hammer

The Human Disease Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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How does cinema inflect our understanding of disease? In the more familiar disease genres – mainstream features, educational films, and military training films – one can see a narrative, step-by-step approach to “explaining” disease that parallels the clinical method employed in the Merck Manual, medical websites, or the physicians’ office, and whose informational efficacy is […]

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Curious Magic

Cormack Planetarium

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“This is that Art… which has found out means to extract visual Repercussions out of Chrystal,… [a] fallicious Art that deceives our Sight and… disorders all our Sences.”* As a highly versatile visual projection technology, the magic lantern played an integral role in the industrialization and rationalization of visual culture that redefined modern life over […]

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Onésime, Clockmaker by Pathé

The Slapstick Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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What does it mean for a film to be “before its time?” This program revisits some early but largely forgotten works in which comedy functions as an impetus for the technological and conventional innovations of what film can do as a medium. Many of these films hover around the limits of mass culture and the […]

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Le Spectacle des Éléments / The Elemental Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Drawn entirely from the impressive collection of Light Cone, a Paris-based distributor of experimental cinema founded in 1982, this program features a set of visually entrancing shorts by members of France’s vibrant experimental film culture exploring cinema’s relationship to the elements.  Though created by independent artists with distinct orientations, all of these works emerge from […]

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Sleep by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Sleep

Pearl Street Lofts

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“What is sleep, after all, but the metabolic transformation of the entire experience of time, our nightly release from the clock’s prison…” – Stephen Koch Sleep harbors a potential to alter the temporal fabric of our world. What would it mean to live the time of sleep while awake, to collectively activate its other temporality in […]

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