Hollywood Theatre is one of the oldest movie houses here in Portland, growing from your typical first-run cinema into a full-fledged nonprofit that has allowed it to be quite adventurous in its programming. They regularly bring in music writer and theorist Mike McGonigal to show videos from his vast library, screened the entire series of Twin Peaks and the prequel over the course of a couple of months, and bring in tons of films that might otherwise be ignored by even the most beloved art house cinemas in town.
One of the more exciting programs they have put together is a short festival called Sound + Vision. Taking place from July 26th – 28th, the events connect musicians and films in fun, interesting ways. The one that caught our attention was called Beautiful Evidence – a collection of “experimental science cinema” chosen by Claire Evans, best known as the vocalist for dance pop band/cultural movement YACHT.
Outside of her creative work, Evans has concentrated on the connections between science and art. This beautiful set of films is an extension of that, and she has also brought in a pair of collaborators to provide a live soundtrack to the screening: electronic artist Jeffrey Jerusalem and drone synth/bass clarinet duo Golden Retriever.
Read the press release from Evans about the evening, and then check out the amazing poster put together for it. Then, by all means, attend.
What do surrealist sea creatures, psychedelic slime molds and the mechanical fuzz of raw NASA imaging have in common? They’re all part of Beautiful Evidence, a one-night experimental science cinema. Curated by Claire L. Evans, science journalist and one-half of the conceptual pop group YACHT, Beautiful Evidence will pair strange artifacts of science on film with live scores composed by Portland musicians Jeffrey Jerusalem and Golden Retriever.
The films of Beautiful Evidence range from the baroque black-and-white deep sea documentaries of French surrealist Jean Painlevé to time-lapse experiments by Al Jarnow and journeys into the insect kingdom by Stan Brakhage, with a healthy dose of dreamlike space vistas in between.
All the films demonstrate how artists can mold the raw visual information of the world, employing film as a method of inquiry, and in doing so, perform a rogue, kinetic science of their own design.Ultimately, these efforts reveal fragments of fundamental truth.
Plus, they look cool.