Subjects for Further Research: A Collections-Based Micro-Residency

Research as artistic process. Work as experiment. Cinema as archaeology. In the spirit of open-ended curiosity, Oakland filmmaker and curator Alix Blevins leads participants through her research on experimental films and ephemera in the BAMPFA collection.

Blevins applies the lens of an artist-filmmaker to explore how filmmakers have used visual scores as conceptual armatures for their works. Uncovering fragmentary notes by artists like Paul Sharits for films that may or may not have ever existed, Blevins will use 16mm film loops to sift through her own visual notes for a speculative film structure that may or may not correspond to real works. Participants are invited to walk through an installation of Blevins’s research that embodies her engagement with these visual scores.