Bruce McClure

Sally Golding
Louisa Fairclough
Thursday 2 April 2015
The Cube
4 Princess Row, Bristol, BS2 8NQ
7.30pm - 11.00pm | £6 | Buy Tickets

A Qu Junktions / Unconscious Archives / BEEF co-promotion

Three ways to expand Cinema.

– Utilize film stock and analogue projectors and sound to make formidable and piercing performances
– Create riveting, structuralist and in the moment live cine-sculptures and interactions
– Re-imagine the actual building, so luring the viewer out of their here-and-now into a intimate new space

A bill high stacked with possibilities as these three hugely respected and very individual artists fill the building with projectors, film and sound/music.

From the USA, Bruce McClure steps off the international stage to deliver his banging, attack/decay tour-de-force on overdriven celluloid with an hour long film and sound projection performance.

‘Bruce McClure’s film projector is a weapon. Its ammunition is raw light. Darkness is both its adversary and its matrix. Radiant blasts inflame the theatre of perception. The void retaliates. This is a cinema of thunder and lightening.’ – OtherFilm

McClure forcefully employs the phenomena of visual flicker and the phasing of sound to create long form, trance like states of ‘ecstatic reverie’. Adapting the gate of the projector by inserting metal plates, and using alternating loops of flicker film, McClure deftly adjusts projector focus and lamp intensity to conjure physiological effects. Film loops double up as a pulsing optical soundtrack, which McClure modulates using guitar delay and distortion pedals to exact a polyrhythmic experience.

McClure’s photocopied, hand stamped and signed “film treatments” which he hands out before his shows allude to his background profession as an architect and his association with ‘para-cinema’. Inspired by real-time alteration of mathematical-style time patterns and re-workings of geometric forms, McClure’s projection performances apply a deranged and destructive metronomic process to sound and light.



Sally Golding is an Australian-British artist who combines film projection, lighting and sonic composition to create expanded cinema performances and installations. Golding has developed works where she projects films directly onto her body and harnesses the audience’s reflections, creating live cine-sculptures and interactions. Photographic compositions printed as optical soundtracks, and decomposed uprooted vinyl library music, situate Golding’s work at the crossroads of science and superstition, philosophy and pulp.

Her performances utilise contact-printed waveforms on torchlight-exposed, hand-processed 16mm film, with multiple projectors, an antique laboratory strobe light, effects units, handmade synths and light sensitive devices, a rotating colour-wheel filter and overdriven voice. She also co-programmes Unconscious Archives.

“Sally Golding deftly exploits precisely that flapping and buzzing embedded in the media that mutates, as it transmits from format to format, into recognisable sounds such at the swelling of a thunderstorm, layering in an impasto of noise.” –Stuart Heaney (Psyche Tropes, 2014)


Louisa Fairclough is a Bristol-based artist using voice as material. In her sculptural installations, a line of film, a beam of light and a channel of sound are experienced physically and aurally. The film loops slice through a space to create sensate and resonant drawings. Devised in collaboration with composer Richard Glover, the film installation is one of a series responding to a single page from Fairclough’s deceased sister’s sketchbook. Following threads of thought and lines of emotion, her drawings and visual poems are interpreted as sonic and spatial scores for the film installations and choral performances.

“The (sketchbook) drawings are instructional and imperative and Fairclough’s response is not tentative in its approach. It pushes up against you insisting: this is how it is; this is what I am; don’t look away; don’t seek distraction; don’t soften my edges. It is intensely demanding and intimate. In it, emotional disturbance is felt as a material component – space is re-described not just formally but socially and psychologically.” Gina Buenfeld, Camden Art Centre

About The Promoters

Unconscious Archives (UA) transverses noise core and vision spectacle, bringing together expanded cinema and sonic propositions from London and afar. Visit website.

BEEF (Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film) is a newly initiated collective located in Portland Square, Bristol. A project rooted in experimental film culture, BEEF houses studios, 16mm film facilities and a monthly programme of events.


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