Timeless Motion, Opening Reception, Feb 18

Opening with a public reception on Thursday, February 18, 6–9pm, Timeless Motion kicks off with a ceremonial performance of “TEA” by Jeanne Liotta, featuring musical accompaniment by Laetita Sonami. Referencing a Japanese tea ritual, Liotta will use a scroll as a screen for projected ink slides and shadows while serving tea in the light beam of a variable speed movie projector. Special presentations include two newly commissioned live cinema performances by local moving image artists. r.fox’s dual projector work, “An Open Gesture,” is a reimagining and reframing of 1950s home movies, as photographed through the same movie camera by two generations of a family. The A/V artist duo Beige will manipulate image and sound live with their multi-projector work creating a moving painting that pays homage to a work by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, an 18th century Italian painter. These performances will be presented at 7pm and 8pm.

Timeless Motion reveals the science and magic behind cinema through photography, collage, drawing, celluloid, sculptural installation and projected light. On view from February 18–March 23, 2016, the exhibition features new artwork from seven moving image artists, exposing the ways in which moving image art is created and perceived. Activated by a series of live cinema performances and a panel discussion with Bay Area underground cinema experts, Timeless Motion shows how the human response to visual phenomena drives the entrancing illusion of movement.


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February 18–March 23, 2016
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 9, 6–9pm
Film artists, scholars and curators who have been key participants in the Bay Area underground cinema movement address the challenges faced by the community and offer speculations for its future.

Closing Reception
Thursday, March 17, 6–9pm
Timeless Motion’s closing reception opens with a short screening of projects made in cinegram and animation workshops led by the exhibition’s curators and features two premieres of live cinema works from local artists. 

The exhibition, opening and closing receptions and panel discussion are free to attend and take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets), San Francisco, CA, 94103. SOMArts is wheelchair/ADA accessible.

To learn about more Timeless Motion events—including additional live cinema performances, workshops and film programs—taking place in San Francisco and Oakland, visit timelessmotion.org.


Exhibiting Artists
Paul Clipson
Keith Evans
Kerry Laitala
Jeanne Liotta
Kathleen Quillian
Scott Stark
Mark Wilson

Performing Artists
Jeanne Liotta and Laetitia Sonami
Bryan Boyce, Adrianne Finelli and Jackie Jones
Greta Snider

Image: “The Retrospectroscope” (1995), Kerry Laitala. Image courtesy of the artist.