film & video
16mm Cyanotype Workshop
Jul
23
11:00 am11:00

16mm Cyanotype Workshop

In this workshop, participants will work with this 19th Century photographic process in combination with 16mm film to create their own cyanotype film loops. Participants will work with 16mm film that has been previously coated in cyanotype solution, creating photograms by placing objects over the UV sensitive film, exposing the film to sunlight, then rinsing the film in water to develop beautiful blue patterns and forms.  

Along one side of the 16mm filmstrip, there is a margin reserved for the optical soundtrack. Through our DIY process we will be creating patterns of light and dark that will spill over onto the margin reserved for sound, and the 16mm projector will read these patterns of light and dark and translate them into sound. 


Film Screening - Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story
Feb
3
8:00 pm20:00

Film Screening - Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story

Robert Redford narrates this documentary about the Pine Ridge Shootout on an Oglala Sioux reservation in South Dakota. On June 26, 1975, two FBI agents are searching for American Indian Movement member Leonard Peltier, wanted in connection with an assault. They are killed after coming under heavy fire, presumably from Peltier and his accomplices. Peltier is still doing time for the crime today, but Michael Apted’s documentary reopened the case and opened a lot of eyes to both the abysmal conditions on the reservation and the dubious claims that Peltier’s snowjob trial had served the cause of justice.

Experimental Short Films From Fields Festival 2016 (Program 2)
Jan
29
8:00 pm20:00

Experimental Short Films From Fields Festival 2016 (Program 2)

The second of two distinct programs of short experimental film and video works that were featured at Fields Festival 2016, re-screened here for the first time, and in the indoor comfort of Rhizome DC. The films featured are by local, national and international artists, and align with the unconventional and innovative spirit of Fields Festival. Co-curated by Margaret Rorison and Meredith Moore

Installation: Anxiolytic SEA - Fernão Ciampa
Jan
15
Jan 31

Installation: Anxiolytic SEA - Fernão Ciampa

Anxiolytic SEA (Embolex, 2015) was originally designed to be presented in the MAR museum ceiling (Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and has been adapted to be shown as an installation at Rhizome. The project was conceived as a way to reduce anxiety in urban life. The project proposes the construction of an audiovisual experience that acts as an inducer of relaxation, reduces anxiety, almost as a drug that induces sleep. Anxiolytics are commonly used drugs in the world, reflecting the difficulty of relaxing in a society where everyone must be ""always ON". The project aims to create a movie / remedy, a moment of sleep expansion in dialogue with the architecture of the space, that makes people feel at home and in communion with the environment they inhabit. The film is divided in 5 parts based on the sleeping phases, and has been generated by patterns from these phases. (Duration: 21 minutes)
 

Film Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton
Dec
30
8:00 pm20:00

Film Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation

The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but halfway through the shoot Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.  Noam Chomsky has called Hampton’s killing "the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration."

Experimental Short Films From Fields Festival 2016
Dec
11
8:30 pm20:30

Experimental Short Films From Fields Festival 2016

The first of two distinct programs of short experimental film and video works that were featured at Fields Festival 2016, re-screened here for the first time, and in the indoor comfort of Rhizome DC. The films featured are by local, national and international artists, and align with the unconventional and innovative spirit of Fields Festival. Co-curated by Margaret Rorison and Meredith Moore

Movement Material: Film + Dance
Nov
5
8:00 pm20:00

Movement Material: Film + Dance

Movement Material is a 60-­minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms.

Frost's Descent: Short Films by Margaret Rorison
Oct
23
8:00 pm20:00

Frost's Descent: Short Films by Margaret Rorison

Baltimore based artist and curator, Margaret Rorison will present a program of her short 16mm films and videos with additional live sound accompaniment. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. She is interested in the visceral nature of experience and the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound.

Star Trick: The Next Iteration
Oct
8
8:00 pm20:00

Star Trick: The Next Iteration

Star Trick: The Next Iteration is an algorithmic, non-deterministic TV spaceship drama that requires a set of data to work and is set inside of a set of data.  A user can change the character of the video by changing the identity of the characters.  Genre is like gender, a gene from which the generic generates.  If you don't think of Star Trick: The Next Iteration as a television program, you can think of it as a television "program" -  a genetic map rather than a storyline.  Perhaps the Captain has lost the crew, perhaps the ship has never had any fuel in it.  Only machines can keep up with the Telepath's sexual stamina.  Television should be thought of as a synthesizer of human ideas and situations.  If we de-emphasize the story, and instead emphasize the "idea," narrative can be synthesis - open ended and flexible, true to life and ambiguous, yet ripe with meaning. Starring Lexie Mountain, Ada Pinkston, Hoesy Corona, and Ric Royer.

At the opening on October 8th, Tom will give an audiovisual talk on the process behind ST:TNI. Assisting with the evening will be the remarkable performance art duo of Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks. They *might* appear to be a musician and dancer, working together in a "collaboration." They are basically indescribable, however, and so this description fails.

The Coincidental Hour,  Meredith Moore, Distaff, Nekses.K with Anoushe
Aug
2
8:00 pm20:00

The Coincidental Hour, Meredith Moore, Distaff, Nekses.K with Anoushe

The Coincidental Hour is a late night children's tv variety show social experiment twilight zone Vienna Aktionist performance art with the prizes. There is some music, but we fight that impulse the best we can. The Coincidental Hour is Ric Royer https://coincidentalhour.com/

Gunge Buddies - Directed by Meredith Moore, this experimental docu-narrative short explores what happens when a group of buddies get together to participate in one of the most beautiful and messy fetishes around: Gunging.

Distaff (Jane Claire Remick & Carmen C. Wong), an ongoing multimedia performance project about spin(ster)ing, technology, murder ballads, and the aesthetics of making.

Nekses.K with Anoushe - Esoteric Music

The Free Movie Workshop
Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

The Free Movie Workshop

The Free Movie Workshop is designed to promote film-making without spending money!

Too often, artists get hung up on equipment. Not having the right materials can certainly be demotivating, but what exactly are the "right" materials? Well, It turns out you already have them: your creativity, your mobile phone, and (not required) your laptop. That's all you need to make a professionally written, shot, and edited short movie! Local independent filmmaker Jon Lutz will show you how to achieve higher production value from the following FREE resources:
a) available lighting; b) your phone's camera; c) your phone's microphone; d) free software for your laptop.

We will make a 5-minute or shorter movie and post it to social media. All in about 3 hours.

Workshop: Make a Video with Jimmy Joe Roche
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Workshop: Make a Video with Jimmy Joe Roche

An interactive workshop / video shoot where participants will be both in front of and behind the camera as Baltimore's Jimmy Joe Roche comes to Rhizome to create a short promo video for his label Ultraviolet Light. A great opportunity to witness Jimmy's creative process firsthand and learn some of his video-making techniques. He'll be giving a short talk as well.

A Night of Moving Images
Jun
9
8:00 pm20:00

A Night of Moving Images

A night of moving images in a variety of formats - 16mm, super 8mm, and digital video; with work by Rebecca Reynolds, A. Moon, Pat Doyen, Chris Lynn, Nate Scheible and Patrick Cain.

Expanded Cinema Workshop with Alex Mackenzie
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Expanded Cinema Workshop with Alex Mackenzie

One night after presenting Apparitions, at RhizomeDC, Vancouver-based media artist Alex MacKenzie will lead a workshop exploring how to work with 16mm projection devices to allow an extension of their potential and a re-purposing of their function. Discussion and examination of the various elements of projection: light, lens, focal plane, film gate, speed, shutter, motor, bulb, and screen will all be explored with live examples and an up-close and hands-on approach. Participants will be given the opportunity to try out various techniques, and will leave with a better understanding of how these elements work both separately and in tandem, as well as with a demystification of the primary instrument of the motion picture.

Apparitions - 16mm Expanded Cinema Performance by Alex MacKenzie
Apr
10
8:00 pm20:00

Apparitions - 16mm Expanded Cinema Performance by Alex MacKenzie

Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this suite of works seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, patterning and the surface itself, APPARITIONS explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture.

Special Film Presentation - Frenkel Defects
Oct
28
10:00 pm22:00

Special Film Presentation - Frenkel Defects

  • Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

An evening of experimental film as Process Reversal presents the third installment of its unique traveling film series Frenkel Defects, which explores what it means to work in -- and exhibit on -- photochemical film today. The evening will feature a 70-minute program of rare and diverse works, nearly all of which originate outside North America, and presented in their intended 16mm format.