Off the Screen: Let Your Light Shine with Jodie Mack

Co-presented by San Francisco Cinematheque With filmmaker Jodie Mack in person!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Free with museum admission. A general admission ticket does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. There is limited capacity for this program; seats are available on a first-come, first served-basis.

Adults Only (18+)

Fireworks displays, screensavers, laser light shows: abstract animation permeates everyday life. What separates banal objects from works of art?

Called “2013’s breakout star of the avant-garde (Fandor),” singular filmmaker and presence Jodie Mack investigates the spectrum of abstraction from transcendent visual experiences to optical fascinations and psychedelic kitsch.

Staged like a rock show with opening acts, headliner, and encores, this stroboscopic collection of films illuminates the formal principles of abstract cinema while exploring found materials, evolving modes of production, forms of labor, and the role of decoration in daily life. Under Mack’s meticulous hand, merch tables meet museum gift stores, the sublime meets Sublime the band, and head shop tie-dyes and dollar-store gift bags form ebullient spectacles. Questioning abstract animation’s place in a post-psychedelic world, Mack’s films—and live performance—force a proscenium collision of arena rock concert, planetarium light show, and cinema.

Total runtime: 74 min.

Featuring: New Fancy Foils (12 min., 16mm, color, silent)
Paper sample books discarded and dumpstered by long-gone businesses undergo a series of sequential experiments in pattern, rhythm, color, and text(ure). A call and response of flickering and lingering, this catalog of catalogs remembers a tactile economy.

Undertone Overture (10 min., 16mm, color, sound)
A study of tie-dye swims out to the cosmos and back again.

Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (41 min., 16mm, color, sound performed live)
Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice-over narration, the piece reinterprets Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as a live cine-performance.

Glistening Thrills (8 min., 16mm, color, sound)
A shiny otherworld of holographic reverie pairs dollar-store gift bags and haunting sounds, unfolding an effervescent melancholy in three parts. Featuring compositions for bowed vibraphone by Elliot Cole.

Let Your Light Shine (3 min., 16mm, color and b&w, sound)
Handmade, optical polyrhythms and a thousand rainbows explore the grating equation in this spectacle for prismatic spectacles. (Glasses provided.)