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Dreamlands: Expanded – Optipus “The Owl Flies at Twilight”

Dreamlands: Expanded – Optipus “The Owl Flies at Twilight”

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Sunday, January 15, 2017


For the 10th and final event of “Dreamlands: Expanded“, a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the exhibition “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016“, the gallery is thrilled to present a new multi-projection and sound performance The Owl Flies at Twilight composed by the Optipus collective & orchestra in its largest configuration to date featuring 28 artists.


New York collective or “media laboratory” Optipus, led by Bradley Eros, hints at the historic demise of analog media and the wisdom resulting from this awareness in their new work titled “The Owl Flies at Twilight”, referencing G.W.F. Hegel’s famous quote. Three distinct movements examine specific connections between vision and sound: Psychedelic, liquid light, and other complex color compositions paired with electronics; Figurative and photographic images coupled with strings; Minimal uses of pure colors, flickers, and gels accompanied by percussion elements. The full list of film and sound artists in this expanding and contracting collective will be announced closer to the date of the performance.

Projections by: Bradley Eros, Lary Seven, Gil Arno, Katherine Bauer, Rachael Guma, Genevieve H-K, Kenneth Zoran Curwood, Joel Schlemowitz, Tim Geraghty, Sarah Halpern, Simon Liu, Alison Nguyen, Lily Jue Sheng, Antonia Kuo, Shona Masarin & Andrew Hurst

Sound by: Michael Evans, David Grollman, Gabriel Guma, Rachael Guma, Victoria Keddie, Scott Kiernan, Zach Layton, Jake Naussbaum, Laura Ortman, Rachelle Rahme, Kevin Shea, Richard Sylvarnes, Mia Theodoratus

About “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016
This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, a landmark exhibition that focuses on the ways in which technology has created new forms of immersive experience using the moving image. Artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new readings of space, optical form, and time. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor, as well as the adjacent Kaufman Gallery, and will include a substantial film program in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, and a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in collaboration with the Whitney. Organized by Chrissie Iles, the Whitney’s Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.

Lead Underwriting Support Provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Generous Support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts’ Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Additional Support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland.

Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Official Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.

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