The Nightingale welcomes Josh Lewis and Simon Liu as they interweave a selection of their 16mm films made by hand at Negativland MPL, an artist-run film lab in New York City, overlapping in their affinity for experimental processing and printing techniques. With Lewis working predominantly in direct chemical manipulation of exposed film surfaces, and Liu utilizing a roaming impressionistic camera paired with multiple passes on a contact printer, the program establishes the centrality of the Film Lab both as an epistemic concept and as a practical mode of production. Each film emerges out of a continual and rapid cycle of exposing, processing, projecting, repeat. As such, the films here are rarely the culmination of a process, but rather worthy points extracted from ongoing lines of investigation.
TRT: 90 min.
2011 / 16mm / B&W / Optical Sound / 3:30 min. (Josh Lewis)
2015 / 16mm / Color / Silent / 17 min. (Josh Lewis)
2016 / 16mm / Color / Sound / 11 min. (Simon Liu)
Doubt 3 & 4
2013 / 16mm / Color / Optical Sound / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)
2016 / 16mm / Color / Sound / 8 min. (Simon Liu)
The Past is Past [but there is something now that I regret like I was about to do it]
2015 / 16mm Dual Projection / B&W / Silent / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)
2015 / 16mm Dual Projection / Color + B&W / Sound / 14 min. (Simon Liu)
I Guess It’s Always Been That Way, I Don’t Know Whether That’s Important Or Not.
2016 [Work In Progress] / 16mm Triple Projection / Color / Silent / 10 min. (Simon Liu)
Doubt 8 & 9
2013 / 16mm / Color / Silent / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)