Suggested Donation: $8 at door
Artist in Attendance!
The Unity of All Things / ??? by Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt – USA, 2013, S16mm and S8mm transferred to video, color, sound, 98 min., Produced by Ghost Robot.
The works in this two night program curated by Cinema Project all feature chimeric plots that revolve around the gravity of disquieting relationships. From frequent collaborators Daniel Schmidt, Gabriel Abrantes, and Alexander Carver, the films are seductively strange and grandly experimental. In all, dialogue tends to be slyly dubbed, producing an effect that is both unsettling and rapturous—just one example of the sort of uncanny aesthetic these filmmakers so expertly craft. Spatial and dense folly tracks embellish acid-washed images, which are distinctly filmic in texture and hue. Dialogue is often intersected by subtitles that introduce edits to the just-heard, further complicating any attempt to comprehend all that is seen, heard, and read. The kind of affective atmosphere produced by these films is perhaps no more strongly felt than in “The Unity of All Things”—an allegorical and metaphysically infused science fiction film about the development of a massive particle accelerator—which features an ethereal and ambient electronic score by Gatekeeper (Matthew Arkell and Aaron David Ross). And yet, surprising and often unexpected moments of humor act as ballasts that ground all the overt surrealism and avant-garde conceptual play. Artist Daniel Schmidt will be in attendance both April 21 and 23 to present and discuss the work.
Please note these works do contain moments of nudity and adult sexual content, which may not be appropriate for young audiences.