This Light: The New York Announcement of a New Cinema
Wednesday, May 17 2017, 7pm
311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
This event is an attempt to describe a free cinema that emerges out of a desire to make private viewing habits public. The cinema goes by the name This Light. At a time when public space is rapidly dissolving into private property and attention is dissolving into the monetized distraction of streaming content in solitude, the cinema activates the possibilities offered through networked technology and opens the domestic up to what could be called anybody.
To some extent, This Light is a reaction to the lack of a screening venue (or even a regular screening series) in Los Angeles committed to expanding the definition of moving images as an art form. With no particular allegiances to anything, This Light seeks to dissolve boundaries between different audiences through uncommon arrangements.
The architecture of the first cinema will be an informal, parasitic structure that exploits the environmental potentials of a private back yard in Southern California. By day it will be a functional camera obscura (closed roof) or breathable patio sunshade (open roof), by night a soundproofed cinema with an HD projector, hifi soundsystem, and comfortable seating. It will be lightweight and portable enough to be moved to a new site if need be, drawing on the history of nomadic units as an emancipatory project.
Deva Deva by Alice Coltrane
7 min ● mp3 audio ● 1975
by Anthony Discenza
15 min ● mp3 audio ● 2012
By Emily Wardill
7 min ● 16 mm film ● B&W ● optical sound ● 2014
By James N. Kienitz Wilkins
23 min ● 2K video ● B&W ● Stereo ● 2016
By Mary Helena Clark
20 min ● HD video ● Color ● Stereo ● 2016
By Darren Bader
13 min ● HD animation ● Color ● Stereo ● undated
This Light Creed
10 min ● Live Slide Presentation ● 2017 - ongoing