Headspace: Conceptual Film and Video Screening | 7:30 – 9pm, 9/23/14

Headspace: Conceptual Film and Video

Featuring artists Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Stephen Laub, Jim Melchert, and Mark Thompson

7:30 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
142 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Co-hosted by the Department of Art Practice and Department of Film & Media Studies in conjunction with Scores for a Room: David Haxton and Jim Melchert, on view at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery at UC Berkeley, September 17–October 17, 2014.

Artists Jim Melchert and Mark Thompson, as well as curator Tanya Zimbardo will be present at the event to briefly discuss and take questions about their work.

Mark Thompson, “Immersion” (still), 1973–76; 16mm film transferred to video, color, 5.1 Dolby surround sound, 30 min.; Courtesy the artist; © Mark Thompson.

This public program features short film and video work by four UC Berkeley alums associated with Bay Area conceptual art and performance in the 1970s. Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies, Jim Melchert’s Untitled (1973) features a series of water splashing attacks and counterattacks in slow motion. Extending out of Stephen Laub’s live performances with slide projection, Spheres (1980) projects an orbit of the solar system on an eyelid. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha appears in a single frame of her structuralist film Permutations (1976), which features her sister as the subject. Mark Thompson’s Immersion (1973-76) explores the spatial qualities of bees in flight as they swarm the artist’s body.

Guest curated by Tanya Zimbardo.


Stephen Laub, Spheres, 1980; single-channel video with sound, 3:41 min., dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the artist; ©Stephen Laub

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