Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly expanded cinema series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from sound artists, musicians and artists from other creative disciplines. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center in North Oakland. Doors open at 7:30pm. Shows are free. Shapeshifters is curated by Gilbert Guerrero and Kathleen Quillian.



Voted “Best Leaps From
the Screen” by the San
Francisco Bay Guardian
,
October 2014.

Support for Shapeshifters Cinema is provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Clorox Company Foundation, the San Francisco Cinematheque and individual donors.

Interested in supporting Shapeshifters? Please consider a donation to help support on-going costs of running this series. Shapeshifters is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Cinematheque. Donations of any amount are tax deductible (and greatly appreciated!).



August 14, 2016
Kit Young & Lori Varga


Kit Young and Lori Varga are both experimental visual artists and absurdist/avant improvisers. For this very special show at Shapeshifters Cinema they will be joined by the remarkable synth/electronic music talent of Thomas Dimuzio and a very special guest! Young and Varga will present three pieces, each aproximately 15 to 20 minutes long, titled Coagulated Portraits, Stereoscopic Ridge Run, and The Anthropological Study of 21st Century Sexuality. The artists will be utilizing both high and low tech systems of digital and analog imagery to showcase their esoteric world view, using candid social commentary, human anatomy, psychedelic views on forests, and animal energies vs sexual chakuras. Tonal and dronal electronic soundscapes will accompany hand-shot and edited video and apropriated celluloid compositions. Varga and Young's collaborative works are a fine blend of infinite improvisation and finite structure. 16mm film projectors will be stationed beside an array of modular video synthesizers and robotic armed video feedback cameras. Dimuzio and Young will share signals from their synthesizers to create rhythmic audio-visualizations.

September 11, 2016
Thad Povey & Mark Taylor


The Octoplayer is a sound and performance sculpture that plays eight vinyl records at once. The machine simultaneously (and independently) came in dreams to artist-tinkerers Thad Povey and Mark Taylor in late 2010. After comparing their separate visions and sketches, the two decided to collaborate on the design and fabrication of the shared hallucination. This program, titled Chronicle of a Dream Device, features a selection of recent videos by Povey and Taylor, some newly imagined with live Octoplayer accompaniment. The evening includes a special guest appearance by improvisational keyboard wunderkind, Henry Plotnick.



July 10, 2016: Suki O'Kane
June 12, 2016: Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Galindo
May 8, 2016: Sarah Rosalena Brady
April 8, 2016: Killer Banshee
March 13, 2016: Timeless Motion
February 14, 2016: The Freddy McGuire Show
January 10, 2016: Elia Vargas and Andy Puls with Marie Hoff
December 13, 2015: viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman & Zachary James Watkins)
November 8, 2015: Greta Snider
September 13, 2015: Alfonso Alvarez & Steve Dye w/Suki O'Kane and Maat Valkyr
August 9, 2015: Phoebe Tooke & Wayne Grim w/Stephanie Stewart-Bailey
July 12, 2015: Kerry Laitala with Voicehandler & Wobbly
June 14, 2015: Lori Varga
May 10, 2015: Dennis Keefe & Jim Baldocchi with Thomas DiMuzio
April 12, 2015: Zen Cohen with Colton Long and Zoey Vero
March 22, 2015: Roger Beebe with Cody Hennesy
February 8, 2015: Cheryl Leonard with Rebecca Haseltine & Oona Stern
January 11, 2015: Keith & Geoff Evans
December 14, 2014: Brian Darr & Alex Xander Jacobs
November 16, 2014: Jeremy Rourke
October 12, 2014: Cyrus Tabar
September 14, 2014: Tommy Becker
August 10, 2014: tooth
July 13, 2014: Elise Baldwin
June 8, 2014: Dennis Keefe & Glenn McKay with Chris Musgrave & Sarah Brady
May 11, 2014: Chris Pew
April 13, 2014: Andy Puls
March 2, 2014: Greg Pope with Voicehandler
February 9, 2014: Lori Varga
January 12, 2014: Scott Stark & Allison Holt
December 8, 2013: Alex MacKenzie
November 10, 2013: Chris Duncan
October 13, 2013: Craig Baldwin
September 8, 2013: Steve Dye
August 11, 2013: Kadet Kuhne
July 14, 2013: Beige
June 9, 2013: Josh Kit Clayton
May 12, 2013: Jim Haynes
April 28, 2013: Lori Varga & Paul Baker
February 10, 2013: Jen Cohen & Guillermo Galindo
January 13, 2013: John Davis & Josh Churchill
November 8, 2012: Sylvia Schedelbauer
October 4, 2012: Tommy Becker
September 6, 2012: Kerry Laitala with John Davis and Neal Johnson
August 2, 2012: Jeremy Rourke
July 13, 2012: Paul Clipson & Evan Caminiti
June 17, 2012: The cinePimps

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