2 September 2015 - EMPAC
On Screen/Sound No. 1

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This year-long film series takes a close look at—and listen to—the way filmmakers have employed the sonic dimension of their form to complement, challenge, and reconsider our experience of the moving image.

Presenting cinematic performance, artists’ moving image, and Hollywood feature films, each On Screen/Sound program delves into the relationship between movie sound and image tracks, highlighting some radical examples of the aesthetic power and technical potential of sound in cinema. From musical theater to the music video, experimental shorts to industrially produced features, the series explores the affective and technical relationship between sound and image through the art of Foley, experimental music, found footage, soundtrack imaging, synched, multi-channel, and non-diegetic sound.

Co-curated with Victoria Brooks


Mosaic (1965)
Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren / Sound mix: Ron Alexander

Synchromy (1971)
Norman McLaren

Video Tape Study No. 3 (1967–69)
Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut / Sound: David Behrman and Ken Werner

Technology Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978–79)
Dara Birnbaum

Tron (1982)
Steven Lisberger / Music: Wendy Carlos