If you walked into Creative Experience on September 30th, you would have seen something like this:
Local media artists Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris transformed Creative Experience with their site-specific video and film installation, The Contemporary Prehistory of Digital Video, which included a performance and interactive elements. The sound you hear in this video is made up of the click-click-click of vintage 16mm film projectors and the happy accidents that can happen when the soundtrack on celluloid film is painted.
This installation was part of the second annual Experimental Cinema at Central Library, which took place all day throughout the library. Highlights included screenings of avant-garde classics, winners of a contest sponsored by Cinema St. Louis, and the work of experimental/documentary film maker, Bill Brown, who traveled from North Carolina to share his films.
On the second floor, in the Grand Hall, Webster University Professor Chris Sagovac facilitated a "film jam." Participants painted, scratched, or collaged on strips of 16mm film, which were spliced together and screened at the end of the day, with this wonderful result:
Creative Experience participated by hosting hands-on workshops on Experimental Video and Experimental Animation (with teaching artist Sarah Paulsen) in the week leading up to Experimental Cinema Day. Here are some of the videos that participants created: