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Posted Nov. 5, 2009
Forum Lounge: Bruce McClure, Projector Performances
THU. NOV. 5, 2009, 7 PM
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Using an array of modified 16mm projectors, film loops, and guitar pedals, Bruce McClure's work challenges cinematic conventions. His performances have enraptured audiences at the Whitney Biennial in ’02 and ’04 and multiple times at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and have garnered him the 2008 Alpert Award in the Arts.
Funding and support for the ‘09-‘10 Forum Lounge season is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Make Studio, Endever Music, and the Franciscan Inn. Official media sponsors: the Santa Barbara Independent and KCSB 91.9 FM. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s First Thursdays.
I first became of aware of Bruce's projector performances at Light Industry, a film and media space in New York. Since most of my curating happens online, I do a majority of my research by visiting other organizations who present similar work. Bruce seemed a perfect fit for Forum Lounge: his work has been highly regarded by institutions like the Herb Alpert Award Foundation, for which he won a prize in 2008, and he presented a new perspective on the presentation of film and sound based on its cinematic roots. Bruce's performances incorporate the thrill of experimentalism with the specificity of a film mechanic as he translates the physicality of filmmaking into an experiential phenomenon. As a result, his work is not for the faint of heart;in addition to the flashing, throbbing lights the projectors give off, sound is a crucial element in Bruce's work. Loud is an insufficient description; thundering pulsations more aptly conveys the intensity of his work. But after you have settled into the experience, the physical shock of the visual and audio components melt into a meditative effect, where the performance becomes the background to a surprisingly introspective moment.
--Heather Jeno Silva, Forum Lounge Curator