Saturday Cinema: Primary Vision

Saturday, July 11, 2015 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

Red, green, and blue: These primary colors of light add up to the myriad hues brightening computer, television, and smart phone screens. They’re also the foundation of color film experimentation, and a source of inspiration for creative cinema artists. Join us for a vibrant afternoon of unusual and unexpected film color drawn from classic formats (three-strip Technicolor), historical rarities (Gasparcolor), and inventive new techniques. See celluloid images separated into RGB through lenses, filters, dyes, and elaborate technical processes, and then recombined into dazzling, artistic visions.

Colour Separation (Chris Welsby, 1974, 16mm, 3 min.)
45 7 Broadway (Tomonari Nishikawa, 2013, 16mm, 5 min.)
Composition in Blue (Oskar Fischinger, 1935, 35mm, 4 min.)

Saturday Cinema is a core weekly program that captures the ideas which animate the Exploratorium. We highlight works that blend observation, poetry, and surrealism, and celebrate films that utilize unique, handcrafted processes. Appropriate for all ages and mediated by cinema arts staff, these screenings encourage the viewer to respond to the works and join a dialogue with the viewing community.