This program features four kindred films with colo(u)r as their focus, featuring a student of color theorist Josef Albers (Richard Serra), an homage to Kodachrome film stock (since expired), an exploration of Achromatopsia (inability to see color), and a remixing of Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe prints. The overarching program title Interaction of Formats is a direct reference to the 1963 educational text by painter Josef Albers (Interaction of Colors), which presents a number of visual exercises as a way to understand and perceive color. In it he writes, “color is the most relative medium in art.” And while Albers is considering how painted or printed colors interact and influence one another, that concept of color relativity can also be applied to colors presented as projected light. This two-night program seeks to highlight first the relativity of color and what each individual viewer might bring to it, but also considers the specificity of moving-image formats.
Co-presented with Cinema Project. Night one (December 13) is a recent feature-length silent film on 35mm from Southern California artist Margaret Honda, Color Correction, which was made from the color timing tapes of an unknown Hollywood feature.