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Displacement: Cinema Out of Site

Displacement: Cinema Out of Site

August 7–9, 2009

Christopher May, Pablo Marín, Gregg Savage, Rachel Cole, and Jesse Kennedy


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

Displacement: Cinema Out of Site is collaboration and presentation of film works by contemporary Argentine and North American avant-gardists to encourage an intercontinental dialogue between artists. These artists, writers and curators are presenting moving image and sound creations on the concrete structure of a public parking garage. To understand the presentation and its relationship to parkour we must understand displacement. Rachel Cole, a participating artist, wrote “Place isn’t lost, it is rather “displaced,” undone, emptied of meaning of itself, a location without linear measurement.” Displaced is not misplaced. The cinema and this program are not lost; instead they have been stripped of popular expectations for what they should be. Many would say art should be in a gallery and film in a theater. This project uses an existing space, urban architecture, to redefine the viewer’s experience of the work presented.

A series of three lectures featuring filmmakers, artists and curators accompany this one-night-only film presentation. Each lecture pairs two speakers each with keen insight into the philosophies and techniques explored through the films.

AUG. 7 CITY HALL Council Chambers (107 N. Nevada Ave.)
Christopher May and Jimmy Gable will discuss the notion of displacement and displaced cinema and the history and philosophy of parkour.

Displacement occurs when the Id wants to do something of which the Super ego does not permit. The Ego thus finds some other way of releasing the psychic energy of the Id. Phobias may also use displacement as a mechanism for releasing energy that is caused in other ways. See also: Fantasy, Projection, Expanded Cinema, Curatorial Daydreaming, Surrealism.

Parkour is a discipline, non-competitive in nature, with the focus on the ability to move over, below, around, through, or anything to get by an obstacle as quickly and as efficiently as possible, as if in pursuit, usually in an urban environment. It’s about having the control and the know-how to create movement through an environment efficiently.

Pablo Marin and Gregg Savage will discuss found footage and people as instruments.

Found-footage, the practice of recontectualization of someone else’s audiovisual materials, has certainly come a long way since its almost uncertain beginnings in the twentieth century. In perfect symbiosis with the groundbreaking concept of ready-mades in the field of art, this tradition surpassed practically every film frontier, from documentary to fiction, to find its true place within the avant-garde, where its nature is constantly redefined by both conceptual and technological possibilities.

Making music from the sounds of traceurs in the field, Gregg will talk about the experience of creating the music and sound worlds for the event Displacement: Cinema Out of Site. He will explore why it is essential for techology and tradition to find a happy medium in creating art, why randomness and chaos are essential to creativity, and how the philosophy and inspiration of Parkour can be utilized in making music.

Dan Mancini and Rachel Cole will discuss the Tetris Effect and on-site distraction.

As a recurring practice parkour takes root in the mind. An apposite analogy is the Tetris Effect, wherein after extended bouts of Tetris, people consistently report seeing the entire world, buildings and cars, as tetrominoic pieces to be fit together. Similarly, through the proclivity of parkour, walls and railings that traditionally herd people around become open ended, a canvas on which to apply new physical rules. This phenomenon exemplifies the neroplasticity of the human brain, by which parkour literally amends a tracer’s perception of physical spaces, and even abstract ideas.

Parkour and experimental film share the quality of continual disturbance: the land, the background, the scene, the figures enveloped in it are transiently in the frenzy of the un-locatable, fleeting present. Displacement asks us to locate ourselves and thus be physical, embodied, carnally un-whole as much as starkly self-conscious.


Christopher May is the founder and primary curator behind TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition. In addition to his work with TIE, May has curated and presented a decade of film programs for museums, film societies and colleges including the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Austrian Film Museum, MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, ICA-Boston, Cinemateca Uruguaya, and San Francisco Cinematheque. His (Super-8 & 16mm) film work currently explores the sensually visceral qualities of cinema and their topographical relationships with sub-cultural landscapes.

Pablo Marín was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Besides teaching and writing on avant-garde film ( he’s a film/video curator and filmmaker. His films were premiered at several TIE festivals and tour programs and shown at International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, Starting from Scratch (Netherlands), Pleasure Dome (Canada), Avanto Festival (Finland), (England), amongst others. In 2009 he was invited as visiting artist to FAC’s Found-footage Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Gregg Savage is a composer of guitar and computer music who enjoys challenging perceptions of harmony and dissonance. He brings his background in avant-garde sound art, film composing, and underground dance music to fuse together compositions from non-traditional sound objects. He has a BM from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he studied guitar and music synthesis. His music was recently featured in the 3 panel film project Film (Parkour) in the Masterpieces of New American Avant-Garde Cinema program at the Austrian Film Museum. He lives in Colorado.

Rachel Cole is a fiction writer who grew up in Denver and the Appalachians. She received a BA in English with a minor in Continental Philosophy from the University of Denver and is currently enrolled in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University. She is particularly fascinated by corporeal philosophy, 20th century to present studies in linguistics, the politics of territory, and trauma in contemporary art. Her interest in experimental film is the instability of images, the event of spectacle, and the intimacy of beauty which ignites the sensuality of binaries as much as the crisis of boundaries. A curated text project is forthcoming from zingmagazine #22.

Jesse Kennedy is a writer and filmmaker. He currently works exclusively in Super 8, a format in keeping with his interest in what poet Eileen Myles has termed “pathetic technologies:” seemingly simple, neglected, and/or antiquated technologies (from conversation to VHS), through which one may, nonetheless, still explore the limits of the possible. He has a BA in Writing and Literature from Naropa University, in Boulder, CO. His poetry has appeared in Bombay Gin. His films have been previously exhibited by TIE. He currently lives in El Rito, New Mexico.