Saturday Cinema

Curious Contraptions: Small Machines of Love and Mystery

November 18, 2017 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.
All Ages


As does the exhibition Curious Contraptions: Small Machines of Love and Mystery, this whimsical program of expressive short films explores the kinetic realms of cinematic tinkering. From the sublime to the frenetic, these lively animations capture playful creativity. 

Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Charles and Ray Eames (1957/1995, 2 min.)
This film beautifully captures the humorous dynamics of a whimsical toy-like machine that uses solar power to produce electricity. The film was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1957, and was edited by their grandson Eames Demetrios, with music by Richard Marx.

The Deep by PES (2010, 2 min.)
Stop-motion animator PES explores an underwater world where the fish are made of wrenches and washers instead of flesh and fins.

Dot by Sumo Science (2010, 2 min.)
At less than an inch in height, the titular character traverses a landscape of pocket-sized objects and full-sized surprises in this stop-motion animation.

F-Train Study 69 by Rachel Manera (2005, 3 min., 16mm)
Tour the entire F-Line route from Market and Castro Streets, along the Embarcadero, out to Fisherman’s Wharf and back in this dizzying stop-motion animation.

Lovesick by Spela Cadez (2007, 8:40 min.)
Delight in this animated tale of the discovery of love between a boy with a weak heart and a girl whose body is on backward. Made in Slovenia using claymation techniques.