Black Box Live

  • 100 mins

Black Box ventures outside the box for an evening of live projection performance and end-of-festival celebration.

In a celebration of the rapidly-disappearing analogue medium, Black Box Live celebrates the 8mm, 16mm and 35mm formats, and the sculptural properties of film in space. These multi-projector performances revel in the mechanical basis of film, where both the machine and the surface of the film present themselves as tactile, physical objects that invite an unlimited range of bodily interventions. Beginning with the Edinburgh-based collective Screen Bandita, and their new film-poetry-gramophone creation, the evening will move through the immersive environments of the French collective Nominoë and the Finnish artist Sami van Ingen. Contains strobe effects.

Screen Bandita: Shining Through the Shadows
Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle present a live Super 8, poetry and gramophone performance, especially curated for Black Box Live. Through spoken word, found film and gramophone music these archival inquisitors conjure a mesmerising and surreal experience that unfolds themes of memory, place and experience. Through a process of passing words and Super 8 film to and fro, Van Winkle and Screen Bandita weave together a new creation in which the contributors are in perfect synergy: Super 8 film echoing the mental-images generated by the poetry, and words ricocheting off carefully selected reels drawn from the Screen Bandita archive.

Nominoë: Ex Machina
Reviving the first experiments of lights shows, Ex Machina is thinks through the image as light projection. In this study of light, seven 16mm projectors, mobiles and masks create a mechanical device that invents a projection space in motion. The machine also produces its own sound world – the machine gears generate the sounds as they are captured and redistributed: amplified, processed and distorted. Gradually, the machine creation unfolds before reaching a sound and kinetic stability: the performance freezes and leaves room for only the light.

Sami van Ingen: Primaries
Primaries utilises two modified 35mm film projectors, clear film, opaque film and three bottles of ink. Flickering light, colours and textures are created in real-time by applying liquid pigments straight onto the film base – while it moves through the projectors – and merge with an equally improvised soundscape. The images are created by scraping, colouring and dissolving the film surface just before the looped filmstrip goes back into the projector, thus the filmic image is in a process of constant change and partial destruction.

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