Bruce McClure’s immersive 16mm projector performances use the phenomena of visual flicker and its sonic equivalents to create an experience of ecstatic reverie. Polyrhythmic light and sound signals generated by flickering film loops are intricately coaxed through retrofitted projectors and thrown against a wall of high intensity strobe light tuned with multiple guitar effects pedals. Robert Smithson's 1971 proposal for a truly underground ‘cinema cavern’ for an audience seated on boulders was the starting point for yet another intrepid cave exploration. The work was presented in two parts: A Cinematic Atopia – The Process of its Construction was a day long installation that divided the Level 1 space at BALTIC into two viewing chambers; and Build my Gallows High was the ensuing performance.
Bruce McClure is a licensed architect living in Brooklyn, New York. In 1994 he began experimenting with metronomes and stroboscopes, and started using 16mm film projectors threaded with patterned film strips to lay out timed intervals of light and optically generated sound signals. Since 1995 his film and live projector performances have been exhibited at numerous venues and festivals around the world, including: Rotterdam International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival’s Views of the Avant-Garde, Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, and Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Commissioned by AV Festival. World Premiere.
FREE installation, entry every hour, on the hour
£6/£5 Build My Gallows High
Sat 1 March 2014
11am–7pm, entry every hour, on the hour, duration 30min.
8.30–9.30pm, Live performance.
South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA
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