Film, Music and Dance Come Together at ‘Time-Shifting’ Multimedia Event at Art House Productions

Multiple forms of art have been billed as modes of transportation, with books taking readers’ imaginations to distant lands and visual art transporting viewers into lush, new worlds. No other medium, however, comes closer to mimicking actual travel than film. Using full gamuts of sight and sound, film can move its audiences through both space and time. And with multimedia elements, the sensory experience can be quite a journey, indeed.

This Saturday, Unpainted Emporium is bringing “Time Shifting,” a series of multimedia and film pieces curated by local filmmakers Jacqueline Arias and Zack Lischer-Katz, to Art House Productions.

Almost three years ago, the couple moved together from Brooklyn to Jersey City’s Bergen Hill neighborhood so Lischer-Katz could pursue his doctorate at Rutgers and study digital preservation. Since then, both Arias and Lischer-Katz have fallen in love with the local arts community.

“We really love Jersey City. We were a little hesitant coming from Brooklyn, since all friends were over there…but we’ve had a great experience here,” says Arias. “We’ve met some really interesting artists…and here, people are open to collaboration.”

The two have long been in love with the moving image and incorporating other artistic elements (Arias is highly interested in multimedia installations and Lischer-Katz works with experimental music), so joining forces with other local artists was a no-brainer.

“We were brainstorming themes for the show and I said, ‘Why don’t we bring in concept of time-shifting?'” says Lischer-Katz, who was inspired by the old method of pulling off a three-hour delay in broadcast television.

“Back in the early days of television, if you were shooting a live program on the east coast and then wanted to show it at the same time on the west coast, you’d delay it so it would show live in the east and simultaneously on west coast, but on relay.

“They’d record it on film, rush it to a lab, develop it in three hours, and then project the film on the west coast with a video camera and retransmit it…Even though we’re referencing this mechanical process for a very industrial need…we’re trying to incorporate this sort of aesthetic and more philosophical ideas,” he says.

Some of the featured works in the resulting show, “Time-Shifting,” will include Jersey City’s Smoove Sailors, who will perform live with found film footage like old industrial films, educational videos and PSAs from the 1950’s and 60’s that will be projected as they play. Another local band, Stars Bars and Mars, will also perform their score to John Zorn’s “Treatment for a Film in 15 Scenes” by filmmaking duo Gobolux (some shots from the film are seen at right).

Brooklyn group Christian Science Minotaur will play what Lischer-Katz calls “moody music” to live dance and movement with video projection and various props, including hundreds of feet of unwound cassette tape. “It’ll be really multi-modal,” says Lischer-Katz. “We’re going to have projections on her and in the space at every angle you can think of.”

There will also be an experimental film by Bill Brand, who has worked with filmmakers to preserve their works and is deeply interested in memory, nostalgia and remembrance in general. “His film, ‘Interior Outposts,’ involves home movies collected from his family, slides from his pasts, and tape-recorded oral histories from his family — he even incorporated his own body in the project,” says Lischer-Katz.

Arias and Lischer-Katz will also be in on the fun. “My piece is ongoing,” says Arias. “I set up a TV and a camera facing the viewer so what the viewer sees will be is a live feed of himself — but delayed. I’m playing around with the whole idea of time shifting and perception.” Lischer-Katz, on the other hand, will be showing 16mm films — some are hand=painted, others are found scraps.

Overall, they hope to show audiences a new way of experiencing art.

“It was really important for me to include live performances,” says Arias. “Because then it becomes a more interactive, less passive experience when you have a live body there. We’re hoping to create energy around these different modes of art and to allow the audience to participate with the work a little more.”

Lischer-Katz adds that they hope the event shows what artists are capable of if they collaborate.

“We get some energy into the arts scene and show potential crossovers,” he says. “We can get different types of art and different artists together to make something terrific.”

“Time-Shifting” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 pm to 11 pm at Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Pl. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance online and $20 at the door. For more information, call 800-985-8418.

Photos courtesy of Zack Lischer-Katz

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.