Film and Media Studies

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

 Articulations of Light: 16mm film projection performances
Thursday December 1, 2011
7:30 pm at Amherst College Keefe Campus Center Theater
Free Admission
The program will be followed by a Q&A with Gibson and Recoder.
"Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder unite the rich traditions of the experimental film, particularly its structuralist and materialist strands, and the multi-modal sensibility of expanded cinema that emerged in the 1960s, in which the moving image was woven into the labile space of performance, sound, and audience interaction. Their larger body of work explores this interstice between avant-garde film practice and the incorporation of moving images and time based media into the museum and art gallery."
Elena Gorfinkel, "At the End of Cinema, This Thing Called Film"
“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.”
Ed Halter, "Interview with Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder"
Gibson and Recoder’s projector performances and installations have exhibited at numerous museums, galleries, and festivals such as the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Light Industry (Brooklyn), Redcat (Los Angeles), Conversations at the Edge (Chicago), Ballroom Marfa (Marfa), Sundance Film Festival (Park City), Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto), and Image Forum (Tokyo).