Off the Screen: Technicolor N.G.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 8:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

Adults Only (18+)

The haunting effects of failed film color processes take center stage in this performance and talk by artists and archivists John Klacsmann and Walter Forsberg. In Technicolor N.G., a Technicolor dye transfer printing error mis-registers a 1967 B Western, revealing cyan ghosts and cinema’s psychedelic underpinnings.

If done accurately, the Technicolor dye transfer color process involves transferring cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes in succession onto a single strand print stock—but misprints produce ghostly colored shadows that follow the characters onscreen. During the performance, the print’s unnerving characteristics are heightened by live distortion of the film’s audio that stretches voices into eerie echoes.

Technicolor N.G. will be preceded by a brief discussion of the Technicolor dye transfer process highlighted by short films that playfully expose the technique.

Walter Forsberg works with time-based media as an artist and archivist. He is a contributing editor to INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. John Klacsmann is an archivist at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.