‘Flicker, Pulse’ At Machines With Magnets

(9.15) Magic Lantern Cinema presents ‘Flicker Pulse,’ an evening with Bruce McClure and Alexander Dupuis.

The art of Bruce McClure is sometimes called, with a nod to the sixties, “expanded cinema.” A more apt expression might in fact be “reduced cinema,” or cinema stripped to its most elementary components: light, sound, a room full of bodies. McClure himself calls it “projector performance,” a phrase that highlights the aspect of live enactment and improvisation that is so integral to all his efforts. Using two or more internally modified 16mm projectors, a handful of celluloid film loops, and a bevy of audio effects pedals (transforming the filmstrip’s optical soundtrack into a noisy, throbbing, industrial rhythm), McClure creates “a remystification of cinema… meant to elicit astonishment and wonder, but calibrated for a twenty-first-century audience attuned to the aesthetics of noise and distortion” (Ed Halter, Artforum).

$8, doors 7:30pm, show 8pm, Tuesday, September 15, Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket, Facebook event, (directions)

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