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Light Spill

Media Arts Watch

Light Spill: An Installation by Gibson + Recoder

January 13-March 26, 2017
For the collaborative artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, a film is not an event that unfolds over time, but a particular material experience. In the two works on view, Light Spill and Threadbare, the artists dismantle the components of the filmmaking system (celluloid, projector, screen, and light) and recombine them in new ways. As Gibson’s and Recoder’s work suggests, film is not only about images, storytelling and entertainment, but also possesses optical, mechanical, and sculptural dimensions. (photo courtesy of EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam, 2016)

MAG continues its push to appeal to new audiences

Gibson + Recoder revive film as object at MAG


The artists encase a 16mm projector with film, mummifying the object with its own innards.“A still life of motion picture phenomena,” Threadbare offers a new way to look at film, not as a moving image but as a motionless and silent sculptural object.

As film artists in an age of digital image-making, Gibson + Recoder avoid nostalgia and irony in their work, and instead take a refreshingly direct, almost archaeological approach to the medium. They offer viewers new ways of seeing and experiencing the moving image.

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Previously on Media Arts Watch

  • Bodies in Space
  • What is Media Art?

    Media art includes artworks that explore the technologies and aesthetics of film as well as the emerging tools and practices in the realms of video, computers, virtual reality, the internet, software, and mobile devices.

    John G. Hanhardt

    John G. Hanhardt
    John G. Hanhardt, is MAG’s consulting senior curator of media arts. Hanhardt began his museum career in the department of film and video at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and from there went to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to establish its film program and film study collection. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1996 to 2006. He joined the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s staff in 2006, and was a consulting senior curator of film and media arts there until 2016.

    As a native of Rochester and University of Rochester alum, Hanhardt was inspired by photography, film, and media arts during frequent visits to the George Eastman Museum and by the programming of the Visual Studies Workshop.

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    A conversation with Isaac Julien, fine artist and filmmaker who came over from London to Rochester, NY for a visit with curator Jonathan Binstock and John Hanhardt. #MediaArtsWatch