About Aberration of Light: Dark Chamber Disclosure

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Experimental, Silent/Live Accompaniment
Aberration of Light: Dark Chamber Disclosure is a live collaborative cinematic work that reflects and refracts the role of projectionist-as-performer in the standard theatrical projection of the 35mm changeover system. Two projectionists and a sound artist perform within the cinema theater to critically unmask the masked cinematic apparatus in a dazzling abstract play of sights and sounds. The dual-projection changeover system in which two identical 35mm projectors alternate back-and-forth in their restorative reassembly of feature-length films provides the theatrical platform and oblique precursor to historical movements in the field of Expanded Cinema.

Image of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

Aberration of Light: Dark Chamber Disclosure is the second collaborative live cinema project by Sandra Gibson, Luis Recoder and Olivia Block. Filmmakers in their own right, Gibson and Recoder have, for the past decade, created performances and installations that employ the mechanics and optical properties of film projection to forge hypnotic, sculptural works of light. Using a series of film loops, crystals and manual gestures to bend, reflect and refract the projector’s beam, the artists recast the theatrical space of the cinema into a sensual three-dimensional encounter.”
- Andréa Picard, Toronto International Film Festival

Image of Olivia Block

Sandra Gibson, Luis Recoder and Olivia Block have been collaborating as expanded cinema artists since 2007. In 2008, their limited edition DVD Untitled was released on the independent SoS Editions label. In 2009, Sundance Film Festival featured the world premiere of Untitled as a work for high-definition digital projection. Live 16mm projector performances of Untitled in 2009-2010 include the TATE Modern in London, Redcat in Los Angeles, Ballroom Marfa in Texas, and Morra Foundation in Naples. Their second collaborative work, Aberration of Light: Dark Chamber Disclosure, takes advantage of the expanded cinema potential inherent in the 35mm changeover system of standard theatrical projection. Live 35mm projector performances of Aberration of Light in 2011-2012 include Toronto International Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge in Chicago, Serralves Foundation in Porto, and Courtisane Festival in Ghent. The Serralves Foundation event was part of a one-week artists-in-residency at a contemporary arts museum in which the artists developed a site-specific iteration of Aberration of Light for the Álvaro Siza designed theatrical performance space equipped with the 35mm dual-projection changeover system.

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