Launching Incite’s new issue on alt.exhibition, OC enacts the theme with an aggressive Live Cinema show!! Deploying a free-hanging screen, Alva & Dyemark’s double-projector As Big as a House rhapsodizes on sports, while Tommy Becker vocalizes to Songs for the Lemonsand for Disobedient Youth, with audience participation! Cincinnati’s Charlie (viDEO sAVant) Woodman pic-mixes his Drowned World in concert with the ambient-jazz Geishafold. Shalo P unveils The Spy, a neo-psychedelic electronic collage, while Sam (Dumptruck) Manera hunkers down on a home-made knot of noise-makers, with closed circuit close-ups! Twixt the live acts:Semiconductor’s latest, Claire Bain’s mirrored imagery, Lillian Schwartz’ 3-D, Bing Crosby’s Auroratone, Len Lye’s ’35 GasparColor, and Peggy Nelson’s adieu-to-analog. $7.77.
Other Cinema is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in San Francisco’s Mission District. We are inspired and sustained by the ongoing practice of fine-art filmmaking, as well as engaged essay and documentary forms. But OC also embraces marginalized genres like “orphan” industrial films, home movies, ethnography, and exploitation, as media-archeological core-samples, and blows against consensus reality and the sterility of museum culture.
Whether avant-garde or engagé, our emphasis is on the radical subjectivities and sub-cultural sensibilities that find expression in what used to be called “underground cinema.”
Our calendars are curated on a semi-annual basis, mostly comprised of polymorphous group shows–several pieces, in different moving-image and intermedia formats–organized around a common theme. Almost always the artist herself appears in person, bringing new work to a energized microcinema audience opting for the provocative images and ideas only available in a non-commercial and non-academic salon environment.
Conceived and stewarded by Craig Baldwin, with a whole lotta help from ATA Gallery, Steve Polta, Christine Metropoulos, and others in a core collective whose commitment has created a space for contemporary cinematic expression and exchange.