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LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM AND L.A. OLA: YOUR EYES ARE SPECTRAL MACHINES – LIVE PROJECTION PERFORMANCE BY LUIS MACIAS

Tuesday, March 10 at 8 PM 

Doors 7:30 pm; Filmforum pricing in effect for this event.

The Spanish artist/filmmaker Luis Macías kicks off a North American tour in Los Angeles, with three live projection performances involving 16mm, 35mm and slide projectors. Macias is a co-founder of Crater Lab http://crater-lab.org/ ,  an independent film development laboratory in Barcelona. He is an image recycler who specializes in experimental cinema. His artistic concerns focus on the physical work on film, film recycling and re-invention of new relationships between moving images.  He previously had a screening at the Echo Park Film Center in 2012.

“In his latest expanded cinema pieces, [Macías] develops the idea of spectral cinema, where the different processes of film spectrum feature in each creative space. Photochemical manipulation in the laboratory of created and/or suitable images, editing on moviola, transformation and rephotography by means of an optical copier, and the projection as an event… are parts of filmic form which visually composes and interprets, and which organizes in closed structures while consciously leaving intervening gaps allowing it – and obligating it – to explore cinematic improvisation and the building of the piece during the actual screening.” – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, https://www.cccb.org/en/activities/file/luis-macias-your-eyes-are-spectral-machines/230378

Special Thanks to Dicky Bahto, Rocío Mesa

Tickets: $12 general; $8 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum Members available through Brown Paper Tickets at  https://luismacias.bpt.me or at the door. For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.

Screening:

“The eyes empty and the pupils burning of rage and desire” 

2 x 16mm projectors, Silent, color-b&w, 25 min.

Without image. Without sound.

Without description.

“Expanded cinema performance with two modified 16mm-projectors that reduce the essence of film and projection to the bare minimum: no image, sound or narrative. From frame to frame, the filmmaker balances on the edge in an improvisation comprised of light, dark and focus, with the film emulsion at a constant boiling point.” – International Film Festival Rotterdam

 

“The Kiss” 

35mm (screening in video HD), sound,  b/w, 9 min.

Based on the film THE KISS (T. Edison 1896) in its original 35mm format, this video-film project is based on a structural re-shooting and re-recording of the original film in all the existing formats: analog, electronic and digital,  in an evolutive form.

The film is a reiteration of the act of kissing. The emphasis on the kiss, repeated and multiplied, while deteriorated in it’s own progress .The history of the evolution of formats through a kiss. An intimate and aesthetic relationship between media and audiovisual formats.

 

“Spectral Landscape” 

3 x 35mm slide projectors, silent, color-b&w, 25 min.

Expanded Cinema performance // A Landscape. Without color and movement.

Only a Landscape.

 “At that beautiful moment between reality and dreaming, an incorporeal animal emerges from the darkness and light. Dark, violent and self-assured, it shares its fears of nature’s despair. But don’t be afraid—it’s an animal just like you. Did you see it? Wake up and open your eyes”

Luis Macías is an artist, filmmaker and image recycler who specializes in experimental cinema. He studied at Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos de Cataluña, CECC and graduated in Art History from Murcia University, Spain. His artistic concerns focus on these points: the physical work on film, film recycling and re-invention of new relationships between moving images. His work has been exhibited at various museums. He also teaches experimental cinema at CECC.

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