Experimental & Avant-Garde

Crossroads 2015

When: April 10-12 2015

When confronted with particularly moving sensory input, people tend to explain the sensation using the language of other senses. Whole genre clichés are constructed that way, such as when indie pop commentators say songs are “breezy” and 1“beach-y.” Because songs evoke images and vice versa, it only seems natural that artists would create works that combine music and film, and hold each component up as equal. That’s what Grouper — the longtime vessel of songwriter and so-called “quiet noise” practitioner Liz Harris — and the local filmmaker Paul Clipson accomplished with Hypnosis Display. Clipson and Harris are bound by a mutual affinity for the analog tools of their respective trades, and together created a meditation on the Western expansion of America. Live, they’ll perform the work on Friday at the Victoria Theater (2961 16th St., San Francisco) as part of Crossroads 2015, an annual service from SF Cinematheque focused on avant-garde films and expanded cinema. It’s a three-day festival presented by SOMArts, Canyon Cinema Foundation, the Center for New Music, and Oddball Film + Video — a handful of local institutions with little regard for the boundaries of creative disciplines and individual senses.

Sam Lefebvre

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