Cinema of Projection
ICA Gallery, London 1975
10x16mm projectors,
film spools, wall brackets,
exhibition plinths.
10x100' 16mm film loops.
Duration: continuous

Expanded Cinema: Activating the Space of Reception

Out of cinema, art and architecture: exploring the exhibition context/s of film, video and expanded moving image work.

The original notion of Expanded Cinema was/is a hybrid, influenced by abstract painting, happenings, underground cinema, popular culture and performance: a diverse mix of artistic and social aspirations, emerging from 1960's art and counter culture. It is still a radical idea, born out of one era, matured/taken further in another by a new generation of film and video artists.

Looking back to the expanded film and sound pieces that I sometimes presented in collaboration with the artists Jeff Keen, Jim Duke and others in the mid 1960s: it was spontaneous, anarchic: a cinema at the edge. Demonstrating the artist's imagination, conceptual filmmaking techniques and audio-visual intellect. Challenging the encounter of cinema in a more abstract way. In the 1970's my work took me in a new direction: I began to exhibit film and video installation in the gallery, exploring a more rigorous approach to film-video and the space of their reception, reflecting the debate/s of avant-garde art, cinema and interventionist notions of art.

"A great deal of art uses the gallery as the terminal point for its presentation whereas you use the gallery as the starting point."

William Furlong interview, "Another Aspect/Another Time" Film Installation, Catalogue, Hayward Annual 1979

The documentation (refer to list of selected works) references both early and recent film-video installations exhibited in the UK, America, Europe and Japan (1970-2007). Tracing the ideas, issues and conceptual strategies that I have explored with film, video and projection in relationship to cinema, architecture, the gallery, urban street and natural landscapes.

A trajectory that thus far has enabled me to continue to relocate my work and practice in different situations: I am always amazed by our fascination of moving images, it is hard for an audience not to be seduced and see through their apparition-like form. Expanded cinema opened a door that has enabled us to encounter both sides of the screen: experience both the subject and making of the work in an unexpected way: extending a dialogue between the moving image, spectator and exhibition context.

Documentation: selected from the following expanded works, film and video installations exhibited 1973-2007
"60 TV sets" (with David Hall), Gallery House, London (1973), "Behold, vertical devices", Third-Eye, Glasgow (1974), "Cinema of Projection", ICA Gallery (1975), "101 TV sets" (with David Hall), "Video Vacuum" (live circuit), Serpentine (1975), "Cinema of Projection 2", Arnolfini Gallery (1976), "Vacant Possession", Charlotte Square Gallery, Edinburgh (1977), "Desert/Oasis", Arnolfini (1977), "A Garden Site", Acme Gallery (1978), "The space surrounding, the interior design, the garden beyond", "Time upstairs", Bracknell Arts Centre (1978), "Another Aspect/Another Time", Hayward Gallery (1979), "Space Between/Space Beyond", Acme (1980) Athol McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, Cal, US (1981), "Tony Sinden: film video installation", Berkeley Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Cal, US (1982), "Paint Job", San Francisco Art Institute, Cal, US (1983), "From Caligari to the Shadow of 1984", San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SF, Cal, US (1983). "Pedestrian Colours", Housewatch Tour of London, Artangel Commission (1988), "Turbulence", "Paper House", "Imaginary Opera", Housewatch Tour, Japan (1992), "Approaching the Dissolve", Durham Cathdral (1994), "Deluge: in audio-visual space" ArtSway (1997), "Revolver" (with Ian Bourn and Steve Martland), Canary Wharf Tower (1997), "Fountainhead", LUX, London (1997), Forest of Dean (2002), "Video and Mirror Landscapes", Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive (1999), "Cool Room" and "Chroma Blue", National Touring, ArtSway (2003), "Dichotomy", Galerie Barjac, France (2007).