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Electric Shadow Theater: Film Truth + Surreal Sound by Fushigi Kenkykai
Second Act Marketplace & Events
San Francisco, CA
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Electric Shadow Theater: Film Truth + Surreal Sound by Fushigi Kenkykai
Electric Shadow Theater: Film Truth + Surreal Sound by Fushigi Kenkykai

Films by Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, and Maya Deren

Fushigi Kenkykai are a collective of film and sound artists, mixing veterans of Bay Area film sonification ensembles like Clubfoot Orchestra & Reel Change with pioneers of electronic, computer-based, and invented instruments.  The name Fushigi Kenkykai means "Paranormal Research Society". The truth is out there beyond normal reality.

Their new program uses two surrealist film classics and a cubo-futurist machine "ballet" to find it. Cocteau's Blood Of A Poet (Le sang d'un poète) is the first installment of a projected series including his entire Orphic Trilogy.

With music by:
Steve Adams (of ROVA Saxophone Quartet): electronics
Bryan Day: invented instruments
Tom Djll: surrealist prepared trumpet & electronics
Joe Lasqo: MSP/laptop, piano, objects
John McCowen: prepared clarinet & drum resonator
David Michalak: lap steel guitar, skatchbox, film curator
Suki O'Kane: percussion

Cubo-Futurist Ballet mécanique is propelled by a kinetic aesthetic that emphasises movement, repetition and a nascent transhumanism in its fluid and porous boundaries between human and machine. Now with new electronic score, Ballet électromécanique. (19 min)

Maya Deren ( ) said of her Meshes Of The Afternoon that it "does not record an event which could be witnessed by other persons". A flower on a long driveway, a knife in a loaf of bread, a phone off the hook, a Grim Reaper with a mirror instead of a face, a key falling, a phonograph, and other motifs all participate in a spiraling fugue where potential meanings are developed and abandoned like polyphonic lines. (14 min)

Jean Cocteau described his first film, Blood Of A Poet (Le sang d'un poète) as "a descent into oneself, a way of using the mechanism of the dream without sleeping, a crooked candle, often mysteriously blown out, carried about in the night of the human body My relationship with the work was like that of a cabinetmaker who puts together the pieces of a table, which the spiritualists, who make the table move, consult. (55 min)

(Note: we are showing the public domain version of all these works.)


Second Act Marketplace & Events (View)
1727 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States



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