This event is an attempt to describe a free cinema that emerges out of a desire to make private viewing habits public. At a time when public space is rapidly dissolving into private property and attention is dissolving into the monetized distraction of streaming content in solitude, the cinema activates the possibilities offered through networked technology and opens the domestic up to what could be called anybody.
To some extent, the cinema is a reaction to the lack of a screening venue (or even a regular screening series) in Los Angeles committed to expanding the definition of moving images as an art form. With no particular allegiances to anything, the cinema seeks to dissolve boundaries between different audiences through uncommon arrangements.
The architecture of the first cinema will be an informal, parasitic structure that exploits the environmental potentials of a private back yard in Southern California. By day it will be a functional camera obscura (closed roof) or breathable patio sunshade (open roof), by night a soundproofed cinema with an HD projector, hifi soundsystem, and comfortable seating. It will be lightweight and portable enough to be moved to a new site if need be, drawing on the history of nomadic units as an emancipatory project.
The New York announcement of the cinema will include a presentation of works by Anthony Discenza, Emily Wardill, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Darren Bader, and Eloyce King Patrick Gist followed by a reading of the cinema's creed.
Andrew Norman Wilson has worked within a repertory cinema, an underground media art gallery, an art house cinema, a video store, a free alternative art school, an inner-city after school video program, a rural summer film program, the motion picture industry, the music industry, BFA programs, MFA programs, film festivals, contemporary art museums, corporate video departments, illegal file sharing networks, and residencies. More information on him can be found at www.andrewnormanwilson.com.