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PROMETHEUS’ GARDEN & SOPHIE’S PLACE w/ live music by The Empyreans
August 26, 2023 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$5 – $15.
A Night of Mystical Psychedelic Animations by Pioneering Artists Bruce Bickford & Lawrence Jordan featuring ambient soundtracks performed live by The Empyreans!
About the films:
Tonight’s program includes a new transfer of Bruce Bickford’s short masterpiece Prometheus’ Garden (28 min, 1988). Bickford was a self-taught American artist, now widely considered a pioneer and master of clay animation, having created uniquely bizarre narratives in perpetually morphing plasticine. Although primarily known for his clay and line animation, the reclusive artist spent much of his later life creating intricate paintings, drawings, graphic novels, and sculptural objects. The artist gained a fervent cult following in the 1970s for his animations for the films of Frank Zappa.
A culmination of five years’ work, Lawrence Jordan’s masterpiece Sophie’s Place (1986, 80 mins), subtitled An Alchemical Autobiography: Transformation and Again Transformation, presents the complexities of the filmmaker’s life story as a truth patently made-up, enacted in a theater of transformations. It conjures the magical truth of an unforeseen poetic engagement with the process of cutout animation.
About the live soundtracks:
The Empyreans are an improvisational ambient collective featuring rotating musicians from various locations. The concept was created by multi instrumentalist/composer Craig Douglas (Neonach, Circus Of Dead Squirrels, Obliquity). The intention was to gather like minded enthusiasts of spacious and minimal ambient music for a one time collective performance in sound and time. All performances are entirely spontaneous, meditative and in the moment. They are meant to be a gift, tossed into the universe for one time only experience.