Jan Baracz "Reality Cinema/Live Video"

Art in General

poster for Jan Baracz "Reality Cinema/Live Video"

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Jan Baracz’s Reality Cinema/Live Video will transform the storefront gallery into a cinematic screening room, inside of which a live video feed, mixed from three cameras recording the streets outside Art in General, will be projected to create an ongoing “movie.” While the content of the “movie” will be the action of the streetscape, a mixture of live, off-screen dialogue, an improvised soundtrack and occasional subtitles will accompany the “movie” to create new and unexpected interpretations of everyday occurrences.

Potential “movie” scenarios include a few lonely souls in the theater on a rainy day looking out onto a wet, empty street as the occasional bicycle delivery zooms by or an exuberant, tourist crowd filling the theater watches kids cruising downtown in search of entertainment. As in the traditional cinematic experience, the defining moment of this spectacle will be the experience of the shared single viewpoint.

Reality Cinema/Live Video displays the “magic” power of electronic mediation. Addressing the conventions of cinema (the spatial arrangement of audience in relation to the screen, aspect ratios, etc.) and collective reception, the project also takes on the notion of “reality art” and the street spectacle that currently seems to be favored over a “movie” or an art experience. Employing curiosity and voyeurism, Reality Cinema/Live Video will playfully test our tendency to project narrative on everything we see.

Soundtrack by Toshio Kajiwara

Off-screen voices: Erika Latta and Eric Dean Scott

Sound performances by Zeljko Mcmullen, Patrick Mckearn and others.



from September 27, 2008 to December 13, 2008
October 16 and December 3, 6:30-8:30pm: Special guest performers participate in a recording for Jan Baracz’s Reality Cinema/Live Video storefront cinema project.

Opening Reception on 2008-09-26 from 18:30 to 20:30


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