Running Up the Walls

Displacement marries film and parkour.

Experience film and the urban environment in novel ways at Displacement: Cinema Out of Site, a collaborative project between TIE (The International Experimental Film Exposition) and the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Atop a public parking garage, filmmaker Christopher May of TIE will show his film on the parkour philosophy of “exploring urban architecture through movement,” along with complementary works by Pablo Marina and Jesse Kennedy. The soundtrack will come from Gregg Savage, who utilized audio recordings of parkour to create the music for this serendipitous meeting of subject matter and space. “The films you see are compatible with this sort of urban, non-cinematical environment, and we’re going to explore how those distractions play into this,” May explains. “We’re exploring…distraction as an element, bringing attention to distraction.”

It’s a radical collision of experimental film and the extreme sport of parkour, aimed at unsettling preconceptions about art. “This is part of our AWOL program, Art Without Limits,” says Caitlin Green, director of GOCA. “We’re trying to take art out into the streets and get people to look at it in different ways.”

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and lecture in the city hall council chambers, 107 North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. That’s followed by the viewing at 8 p.m. on top of the parking garage at the corner of Nevada and Kiowa; a donation of $5 is suggested. Additional TIE screenings and lectures on related topics take place tomorrow and Sunday; for details, visit www.experimentalcinema.org or call 303-408-4623.
Aug. 7-9, 2009

 
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