With director Eve Sussman
AURORA PICTURE SHOW | FRI NOV 9 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM with artist talk at 7:30 PM
AURORA PICTURE SHOW | SAT AND SUN NOV 10-11 | NOON – 4:00 PM
Director: Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation
Cinematographer: Sergei Franklin and Angela Christlieb
Screenwriter: Eve Sussman, Kevin Messman, Jeff Wood
Editor: Kevin Messman
Composer: Algis Kizys, Colleen Burke, Matthew Smith, Volkmar Klien, Lumendog
Cast: Jeff Wood, Marina Federenko
Pushing the envelope of cinematic form, this experimental film noir is edited live in real time by a custom-programmed computer they call the “serendipity machine.” whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir delivers a changing narrative — culled from 3,000 clips, 80 voiceovers and 150 pieces of music — that runs forever and never plays the same way twice. The unexpected juxtapositions create a sense of suspense, alluding to a story that the viewer composes.
The film follows the observations and surveillance of the central protagonist, a geophysicist named Holz (Jeff Wood), stuck in a 1970s-looking metropolis operated by the New Method Oil Well Cementing Co. Voiceovers and dialogues forge the implied narrative — wire-tapped telephone conversations, reel-to-reel tapes, snippets of a job interview between Holz and his employer and a mysterious woman referred to simply as “Dispatch.” It becomes evident that the character is controlled by the city and the factory he is working in, as the course of the story is controlled by the machine that edits the film.
whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir — inspired by the Russian Suprematist quests for transcendence, pure space and artistic higher ground — was created with a small crew, one American actor and local actors hired en route. Filmed over two years, the artists journeyed through Central Asia, ending up in a 50-year-old utopian town. The fictional location is named — in a nod to Alphaville — City-A.
Artist Eve Sussman will interrupt the film at 7:30 PM to discuss and take questions about her project, after which the endless film will resume until 9:00 PM. There will be additional viewing times to experience the film installation with free admission at the Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett) on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.