Visiting Artist Bruce McClure
The Department of Cinema welcomes internationally renowned cinema artist Bruce McClure. McClure will present one of his famed film “projection performances” in the Knapp Performance Space and create an installation in one of the gallery spaces of the Denison Museum.
McClure’s performances employ multiple film projectors to create minimal yet intense and immersive audiovisual spectacles. Writing in Artforum, noted film critic Ed Halter describes McClure’s work as “a re-mystification of cinema, bringing the experience closer to its Victorian roots in stage magic and optical instruments meant to illicit astonishment and wonder, but calibrated for a twenty-first century audience attuned to the aesthetics of noise and distortion.” Though McClure’s work is resolutely cinematic, it also pushes at the boundaries between film, theater, music, and the visual arts.
McClure’s installations both diverge from and re-converge with his cinematic performances. The familiar building blocks of cinema – projected and flickering light, sequences of frames, and, of course, time – are present, but scattered across a space and subjected to McClure’s ongoing adjustments, tweakings, additions and subtractions. His installation at Denison builds upon one he developed as part of a mid-career retrospective at the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Performance: Knapp Performance Space (Knapp Hall, 300 Ridge Road, Granville), Thursday, Sept 24, 7:00pm. Q&A with the artist after the performance. *Please note: the performance includes flickering light, and sound exceeding 100db (earplugs will be provided)
Installation: Denison Museum Gallery Space (Burke Hall, 240 W Broadway, Granville); installation opening reception w/Bruce McClure in attendance, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jonathan Walley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Cinema (email@example.com).