Last night at Ocularis, when Bruce McClure began his illustrated talk with an example of peering through a microscope at a drop of pond water on a slide, and noticing varying degrees of focus that reveal multiple planes beneath the lens, especially when nothing has become visible yet, and that in these spatial perceptions of light, the film begins . . . as I listened to this description I knew that I was in the right place!
Although the best part of Thwarted, Throttled, Thrown, and Then . . . Thump . . . ! was when Bruce McClure explained how he actually builds his films in the projector!
"Renouncing the take of the photographic picture plane for the indulgences of deliberate obstructions favored by the glow of projector light!" -B.McClure
The basic elements of mechanical projection: lamp, shutter, gate, film, film shoe assembly, optic lens, and screen, were used as variables in the construction of artificial light. Using four projectors & a big tablet of paper, Bruce demonstrated how he closed different portions of the gate, manipulated the intensity of the lamp, used sprocket holes instead of an optical soundtrack, created a film loop patterned with one clear frame and separated by five frames of black emulsion and other mathematical compositions, and so much more I missed because I was taking photos when I should have been listening and talking at times when I should have been seeing. All five senses . . .
It was very interesting how the described perversity of "Circle Jerks" appeared as b/w confetti, or perhaps millions upon millions of little microorganisms, or maybe even a liquidy sample of abstract gametes . . . light against darkness . . . eye chemistry . . . electric incandescence . . . translucence and opacity . . . thwarted, throttled, thrown, and then thump, I think that means the film strip, but don't worry, the elegant 16mm ellipse is much stronger than it looks!