In the Long Long Tradition of New Venues


New York has long been home to generations of experimental filmmakers and video artists. This community has embraced and fostered artists working in newer media, if not because of formal similarities, then through affinities with the effort to continue expanding the means by which artists can express themselves. The city (and its next-door neighbor, Brooklyn) has been home to countless experimental cinemas, festivals, underground venues, and similar efforts, but the ever-shifting market has edged-out many once-thriving platforms. On March 25, a new space will open in Brooklyn's Sunset Park area, called Light Industry. Founded by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, two active participants in the film and new media communities, the organization is inspired by New York's history and strives to support a range of artists and practices revolving around film, electronic art, and performance. Their goal is "to explore new models for the presentation of time-based media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a wide range of artists and audiences within the city." On March 25, they will open their doors for the first of what promises to be many compelling events. (Check the upcoming roster of stellar artists & curators lined-up to organize unique programs.) In an inaugural screening curated by Light Industry's founders, entitled "The Blazing World," Keewatin Dewdney, Michael Gitlin, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Kurt Kren, Jenny Perlin, and Michael Robinson will present "films that ponder the vicissitudes of utopian scheming and the search for new ground." The following week, on April Fool's Day, Brian Frye and Bradley Eros of the collective screening project Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema have cooked-up a recipe for folly with a long list of important shorts inspired by the art of prankery. Good times seems guaranteed, so if you have the chance, please welcome Light Industry to the community. - Marisa Olson