"Untitled", Sandra Gibson / Luis Recoder, USA, 2008, live performance with 2 16mm projectors, 0:40:00, sound Olívia Block

A minimalist monochromatic film frame is projected through a glass pane fogged via a humidification system. The planular drift of the projected frame alters its course, bending here, diffracting there – keystoning its way through the darkness of a cinematic abyss. In their collaborative film performances, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder employ simple mechanical means to hypnotically elaborate ends. 16mm loops, spray bottles, colored gels, unfocused lenses and hand-shadows combine, through rehearsed recipes, into slowly mutating light-sculptures: morphing color-fields, angel-white auras, fusing penumbrae, pulsing vertical lines. Built upon occulted rhythms of film projection, their work retains a personal, human scale, even as the viewer succumbs to its transportive powers. Their performances melt the projector’s machine materialism into ethereal experiences. The performance "Untitled" was presented at 16º Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, Sala Dois/ Manco d'Areia, tuesday, 8 July, 10 p.m.
Curator: José Nuno Rodrigues Organization and production: Curtas Metragens CRL Production team: Davide Freitas, João Lopes, Jorge Barbosa, Pedro Cardoso, Pedro Moura Sponsoring in communication and press: Hugo Ramos, Raquel Moreira High sponsorship: Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde, Ministério da Cultura, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual Support: Instituto Português da Juventude Graphic design: R2 design

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