British moving image pioneer Malcolm Le Grice revisits two of his early performative works for the launch of Dreamlands: Expanded. In the rarely seen Principles of Cinematography (1973) Le Grice reads from Leslie J. Wheeler’s 1953 book of the same name to the accompaniment of projection of clear 16mm film leader. Le Grice also performs his iconic Horror Film 1 for triple 16mm projection, employing his own body in a shadow play with the superimposed streams of colored light. First performed in 1971, the work was described at the time by Jonas Mekas as “one of his most simple, most classical, and also most ecstatic pieces.”
Dreamlands: Expanded is a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in collaboration with the Whitney as part of the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016.
Tickets for this event are available for purchase here.
Please note: All Dreamlands: Expanded events take place at Microscope Gallery, with the exception of Steam Screens and The Owl Flies at Twilight, which will both be presented at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.
Lead underwriting support for Dreamlands: Expanded is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Generous support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.
This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts' Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Additional support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland. Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.