Saturday Cinema: Obscurus Projectum

Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 11:00 a.m–2:00 p.m.

Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

"Our current fascination with the camera obscura has to do with reimagining and recasting this 'bare' technological apparatus as the earliest, if not the first, projection of the world, or simply world projection."
—Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder

Simple, centuries-old technology reframes the recognizable San Francisco Bay in Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder's Obscurus Projectum. Collaborators since 2000, Gibson and Recoder's work explores the materiality of film and projection. These interests have evolved to include the projective technique of dark chambers perforated by natural light, described by the artists as the earliest prototype for a "micro-cinema, or more precisely, live-cinema projection" phenomena. For Obscurus Projectum, Gibson and Recoder transform the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum into such a spectacle, drawing cinematic inspiration from a window overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Gibson and Recoder stage the scene of film as orphaned object through the temporal labor of a moving image installation. They unite the rich traditions of experimental filmmaking, particularly the structuralist and materialist strands, and the multimodal sensibility of expanded cinema that emerged in the 1960s, which wove the moving image into the dynamic space of performance, sound, and audience interaction. Their larger body of work explores this interstice between avant-garde film practice and the incorporation of moving images and time-based media into museums and art galleries.