Saturday December 10, 6-9pm
“Flashlight Filmstrip Projections”
Also on view December 11-12, with hours 1-6pm

Installation view: Jennifer West, “Flashlight Filmstrip Projections”, 2016, 35 and 70mm filmstrips, ink, dye, plexiglas, flashlights (Tramway, Glasgow, photo: Keith Hunter) – Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West appears in person to activate with the audience a new iteration of her interactive cinematic installation “Flashlight Filmstrip Projections”. In this work, originally conceived as a “swan song to celluloid”, plexiglass frames lined with 35 and 70mm filmstrips are hung in the darkened space. The audience is invited to use powerful flashlights to individually and collectively project the filmstrip images assembled by the artist, which include as materials castoffs from Hollywood productions, hand-painted 70mm film leader, footage shot on 35mm of text, hand-shadow shadow play, Google maps, Wikipedia and images searches and YouTube compilations of early cinema footage of Loïe Fuller’s “Serpentine Dance”.

Free admission


About “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016”

This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, a landmark exhibition that focuses on the ways in which technology has created new forms of immersive experience using the moving image. Artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new readings of space, optical form, and time. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor, as well as the adjacent Kaufman Gallery, and will include a substantial film program in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, and a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in collaboration with the Whitney. Organized by Chrissie Iles, the Whitney’s Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.

Lead Underwriting Support Provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Generous Support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts’ Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Additional Support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland.

Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Official Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.

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