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Peephole Cinema Los Angeles

The peephole will be open and available to the public 24/7 

 504 Chung King Court in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles

(Peephole is located in the alley behind the gallery)

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Current Films 

In Geiser’s Ghost Algebra,  a solitary figure navigates a landscape of constructed nature and broken bones.  She peers through a decaying aperture, waiting and watching: the fragility of the body is exposed for what it is: ephemeral, liquid, a battlefield of nervous dreams. Using found and natural objects, rephotographed video, medical illustrations, and other collage elements, Ghost Algebra suggests one of the original meanings of the word “algebra”: the science of restoring what is missing, the reunion of broken parts.

 

Simpson’s Inconsolable Objects is a short animated film exploring states of agitation and unrest. Drawing on various source material, particularly comic book action sequences the film creates an abstracted experience of unease.

About the project:

Peephole Cinema is a “miniature cinema” collective with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. In each city, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location.  Peephole Cinema LA is run by Allison de Fren, Brian Cantrell and Laurie O’Brien and is installed behind and hosted by Automata.  This is an “exquisite corpse” curatorial project; the current curator will choose his or her replacement every two months for an entire year.

About Automata:

Automata is an artist-run Los Angeles non-profit, located in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles. Founded in 2004 by artists Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser, Automata is dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata seeks to radically redefine and re-contextualize the notion of object performance, locating it at the intersection of contemporary performance, media, visual art, sound art and experimental writing. Automata is dedicated to creating and nurturing new work that is engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated.

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The Peephole Cinema Brooklyn will be moving to a new location–stay tuned!

Thank you Union Docs for a fantastic year

LAST PLAYING

Kinetoscopic Records 

Starburst

 

 

contemporary short films and videos inspired by the earliest cinema

Program by Dan Streible (NYU / Orphan Film Symposium)

Available To View Anytime Day or Night

at UNION DOCS

September 18th to December 31st

 

Hosted by UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art

322 UNION AVE. WILLIAMSBURG

http://www.uniondocs.org

About the Films:

Peephole Cinema exhibitions showcase contemporary media artists while also evoking the proto- and early cinema experiences of the peep show. This UnionDocs program, Kinetoscopic Records, invites a collision of the old and new, the earliest movies and born-digital works. The ten pieces replicate qualities of the earliest film shows, an incongruous variety of kinetic, flickery, silent pictures in motion, each less than a minute long.

 

This program’s inspiration is the recent rebirth of one of the first motion pictures ever made, Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, January 7, 1894 (aka Fred Ott’s Sneeze). Although its copyrighted images appeared in print in 1894, the Sneeze was not seen in motion until reanimated on 16mm film in 1953. However, only now has the entire recording been reproduced. The new Library of Congress version reveals The Sneeze to be nearly twice as long as presumed, with Mr. Ott sneezing twice in one unedited take. This is its premier public run.

 

The ten movies in five minutes are:

W.K.L. Dickson, Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

Evan Meaney, Re_Sneeze

Jodie Mack, All Stars

Joel Schlemowitz, The Invention of the Gramophone

Danielle Ash, Creature of the Gowanus

Tom Whiteside & Anna Kipervaser, Ott Gotcha

Andrea Callard, Something Medical

Bill Brand, Ornithology 4

Mono No Aware, Sneezes

Bill Morrison, Dancing Decay

 

Three new pieces derive directly from the Sneeze. Evan Meaney takes the new version and digitally explodes its halftone printing. Tom Whiteside (who actually collects celluloid prints of Fred Ott’s Sneeze) and Anna Kipervaser create a 16mm found footage jest, while the Mono No Aware collective made a pilgrimage-homage, traveling to the Edison Historic Site in New Jersey to shoot Sneezes on black-and-white 16mm film inside the Black Maria building.

 

Two others works, also born on celluloid, reference the era of early cinema. Joel Schlemowitz shot black-and-white film for his Mélièsian féerie about the Kinetoscope’s exact contemporary, the gramophone. Bill Morrison’s uncanny piece of decaying nitrate 35mm film reveals dancers (a frequent Kinetoscope subject) dancing in a pink cobweb of swirling emulsion. (It too came from the Library of Congress, but from its discard bin.)

 

The remaining pieces deliver a variety of arresting images for the peep show viewing context. Jodie Mack’s cameraless animation stars rapid-fire geometric forms, while fellow animator Danielle Ash creates an ethereal aerial view of an imagined Brooklyn, lit up by lengthy exposures of thousands of pinholes. Bill Brand’s dual-layered duel of abstraction and HD realism pushes the kinetic accelerator even further with a traveling matte that flutters over every frame. The medical imaging technology Andrea Callard uses in her memento mori piece pulls in yet another direction, a reminder that early cinema combined optical toys and scientific devices.

 

About Peephole Cinema Brooklyn:

Peephole Cinema is a “miniature cinema” collective with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. In each city, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location that can be visited anytime day or night.  Peephole Cinema Brooklyn is run by Laurie O’Brien and hosted by Union Docs.   Guest curators are chosen every two months.

 

 

 

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The San Francisco Peephole Cinema is pleased to present

ORGANIC ORDER

Three experimental video shorts that explore the process of painting and natural forms using both computer generated and hand processed animation techniques.

Video by Jeremy Rotsztain, Takashi Ohashi & Kynd

Curated by Victoria Scott

 

will be on view 24/7 from

 February 15th – March 31st, 2017

AT 280 ORANGE ALLEY

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The San Francisco Peephole Cinema is Open and Available to the Public 24/7

at 280 Orange Alley (off of Valencia and 26th)

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Los Angeles Now Playing

Two new films at Automata!

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In Geiser’s Ghost Algebra,  a solitary figure navigates a landscape of constructed nature and broken bones.  She peers through a decaying aperture, waiting and watching: the fragility of the body is exposed for what it is: ephemeral, liquid, a battlefield of nervous dreams. Using found and natural objects, rephotographed video, medical illustrations, and other collage elements, Ghost Algebra suggests one of the original meanings of the word “algebra”: the science of restoring what is missing, the reunion of broken parts.

 

Simpson’s Inconsolable Objects is a short animated film exploring states of agitation and unrest. Drawing on various source material, particularly comic book action sequences the film creates an abstracted experience of unease.

 

Archive

The June 17, 2106 Opening Reception at Automata’s Chinatown space featured projections by filmmakers Jodie Mack, Benjamin Popp and Sabrina Schmid, whose films are currently playing in the San Francisco Peephole Cinema, which is curated by Sarah Klein.

Single Vision

Nearly two hundred years before the invention of cinema, the peepshow, raree show, or boîte optique—a closed box with at least one peephole revealing a hidden “view”—was a form of both visual entertainment and optical experimentation. Peephole Cinema revives this unique viewing apparatus, along with the attendant tensions it produces between public and private, authorized viewing and voyeurism, and seeing and being seen, for those strolling Chung King Road. The films featured, Oculus Solus by Allison de Fren and One Eye by Laurie O’Brien, are reflexive meditations on the singular vision produced by the act of seeing with one eye. The peephole will be open and available to the public 24/7 for the next two months.  

 

Oculus Solus (2014) A balletic reflection on the instrumentality of vision, composed for one eye from educational, industrial, and avant-garde films of the 1920s-1950s.

Allison de Fren is a media maker and scholar with a predilection for media archaeologies and performative objects. Her work often explores the intersection of technology and gender. She is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts & Culture in the Art History & Visual Arts Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

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One Eye (2014)  The implications of looking “in” and not “out” of a peephole.  An interior exploration of surveillance, looking, and a lost eye with images from the Soibelman Collection and Magic Lantern slides from Visual Studies Workshop.

Laurie O’Brien is an artist working in video, installation, animation, and performance.  Her work often focuses on the blurring of fact and fiction.  A metaphor that continues to influence her work, the puppet, finds expression in unexpected forms with links to technology, identity, duplicity and deception.  She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Media in the Photography Department at RIT in Rochester, NY.

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