Off the Screen: Madison Brookshire—Selected Works

Thursday, July 17, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

Adults Only (18+)

Note: With Film Artist Madison Brookshire in Person

“The cinema—or the gallery, or the garage, or anywhere moving images are projected for other people—is a real space that is usually intentionally collapsed into the flat space of the image on the screen. My work attempts to give one an opportunity to experience both spaces at once, the one represented on the screen as well as the volume in the room. The cinema is, after all, a social space for shared experiences. In Color Series (2010) and Veils (2013), we experience the effects of light on our bodies over time.” —Madison Brookshire

Los Angeles–based film artist Madison Brookshire presents a two-part program of his cinematic works concluding with his ambitious, cameraless Color Series. Exploring the tactile elements of the cinematic experience, Brookshire’s films often feature light play that, while seemingly simple, produces complex, unexpected physical reactions through experiments with framing and duration.

The first half of the program will present three shorter works: Veils, Passage, and Five Lines. Following a short Q&A, Brookshire will introduce Color Series.* Five Lines will feature a live score performed by Ben Bracken, Madison Brookshire, Ezra Buchla, Heather Lockie, and Laura Steenberge.

Madison Brookshire is a Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker. He frequently collaborates with musicians and composers, such as Tashi Wada and Mark So. He has screened his work at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Migrating Forms, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and the Hammer Museum.


Five Lines (2012, 16 min., digital video and live musical performance)
A spot of sunlight moves over five hand-drawn lines, transforming the screen into a subtly shifting musical score.

Veils (Part 1) (2013, 15 min., 16mm)
A handmade, paint-soaked film allows evaporation, dust, crystallization, mold, and more to inform the image. Stained with pigment and saturated with time, the result is a turbulent palimpsest with many layers and textures visible at once, each moving with its own rhythm.

Passage (2011, 13 min., with Tashi Wada, two 16mm films, overlapping double projection)
Symmetrical 16mm films overlap to produce colors, sounds, and structures not found in either individual film, inviting viewers to engage multiple modes of time and attention.

Color Series (2010, 74 min., 16mm, silent)
A series of six films form one work. Each film slowly fades between colors, engaging the viewer in a dialogue about the border between the work and his or her own perception of it. The subject of the work is duration and color is the medium through which we experience it. The converse is also true: the subject is color and duration is the medium. The effect is a direct experience of time and vision.

*Color Series will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m.