EXPLORATORIUM 4: Seeing Sounds

Across film, dance, music and fine art, creators have long sought to convey the harmony between light, movement, and tone that reverberates through nature — and it is that vision which inspired this “Seeing Sounds” program. We’ll see footage from rock ‘n roll light shows, side by side with installations from multi-projector underground “happenings”, and groundbreaking early computer animation. Exploiting the power of senses in synch, these films equalize sound and vision, integrating them into an affecting whole. From classic examples of synaesthetic cinema that pair each note with an immersive visual, to collage films that redefine their images through the aural, each of these works are majorly transportive. Join us for a true symbiosis of the senses!

The program features the Academy Film Archive’s gorgeous new preservation of Jon Boorstin’s 1974 Oscar-nominated short Exploratorium, a beautiful and poetic documentary portrait of the museum lovingly preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Shorts include (lineup subject to change):
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Multiple SIDosis – Dir. Sid Laverents, 1970, 9 min.
Daybreak Express – Dir. D.A. Pennebaker, 1953, 16mm, 5 min.
Everywhere at Once – Dir. Alan Berliner, 1985, 16mm, 10 min.
Free Radicals – Dir. Len Lye, 1958, 16mm, 4 min.
Human Vectors – Dir. Dov Jacobson, 1982, 5 min.
Joshua Light Show’s Liquid Light Loops – Dir. Joshua White, 1969, digital presentation, 5 min. (print courtesy of the director)
Kitsch in Sync – Dir. Adam Beckett, 1975, 16mm, 5 min.
Laserium – 16mm, 3 min.
Market Street – Dir. Tomonari Nishikawa, 2005, 16mm, 4 min.
Metadata – Dir. Peter Foldes, 1971, digital presentation, 8 min.
Rectangle and Rectangles – Dir. Rene Jodoin, 1984, 16mm, 8 min.
Two Space – Dir. Larry Cuba, 1979, 16mm, 8 min.
Exploratorium – Dir. Jon Boorstin, 1974, 35mm, 15 min. (Brand-new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!)

Watch Peter Foldes’ “Metadata”!
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