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Friday, February 23, 2024, 7:30 pm, classic-editor, classic-editor



Friday, February 23, 2024, 8:00 pm, classic-editor, $10, classic-editor



We’re psyched to collaborate with our sister microcinema project on the Other side of the country, Cosmic Rays, which has established a much-need node of experimental-film exhibition in the Chapel Hill, NC area! Bill Brown, Sabine Gruffat, and John Winn not only curate their cutting-edge Festival of new regional–and international–art-films, but are now also circulating must-see tours of the very Best of their Fest! And that’s what’s streaking across our screen tonight: Kelly Sears‘ speculative animation Phase IIJoshua Solondz‘ tapestry of shredded celluoid NE CorridorCourtney Stephens‘ mother’s wail for reproductive rights Lesser ChoicesWenhua Shi‘s social-media weave Because the Sky Is BlueNicolas Gebbe‘s claustrophic Lockdown DreamscapeWaime Haddad‘s suspended-time Hors TitresCamila Moreiras‘ post-plutonium poem Sine DiesAlina Taalman’s strange dream Pre-Arranged SignalMerette Mueller‘s prison experiment Blue Room, and Pere Ginard‘s underwater inventory Sightings. PLUS some local cine-spices sprinkled on top of this special movable feast! $10

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 2:00 pm, classic-editor, $9, classic-editor

ATA @ Bay Area Now 9 – Untitled: sound & images (CANCELLED)

This event has been Cancelled.

Presented at YBCA screening room.

Untitled: Sound & Images

Curated by Artists Television Access, this program explores the interactions of sound and images through works by Paul Clipson and collaborative expanded cinema performances from Bay Area artists Amma Ateria, Linda Scobie, Joshua Churchill, Konrad Steiner, and more.  Each performance sees the sound and visual practices of the individual artists resonate and refract as they integrate improvisational processes and cross analog and digital media.

About: Artists’ Television Access is a San Francisco-based, artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art. We provide an accessible screening venue and gallery for the presentation of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops and events. We believe in fostering a supportive community for the exhibition of innovative art and the exchange of non-conformist ideas. 



Light Year; Paul Clipson, 2013, 10 minutes, color, optical sound,16mm film, 24 fps, USA

In 2013 the Exploratorium commissioned San Francisco-based filmmaker Paul Clipson to create an abstract 16mm film study of the area surrounding its downtown waterfront site at Pier 15. “The film showcases Clipson’s extraordinary treatment of the complex natural and cultural systems in the urban landscape, from the ephemeral rhythms of light and water to the rigid order of crosswalks and skyscrapers. Clipson’s work generally involves live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians”. For the film, an original soundtrack was written and performed by composer Tashi Wada.

Paul Clipson (1965-2018) was a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborated with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films aimed to bring to light visual preoccupations that revealed themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encouraged unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. His work has screened around the world in festivals and at sound and film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, and the Cinémathèque Française.

Performance: Lisa Mezzacappa & Anjali Sundaram

Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based composer, bassist, bandleader, and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” by The Mercury News and “a Bay Area treasure” by KQED public radio, she has been an active part of California’s vibrant music community for nearly 20 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance and visual art.

Anjali Sundaram is a media artist interested in memory, identity, imagined futures and pseudo-science. Her multimedia collaborations with the collective I, Daughter of Kong Center for Research have appeared in San Francisco, New York, Austin, and Zagreb, Croatia. Her film and video work has screened at microcinemas and film festivals nationally and abroad.

performance: Amma Ateria & Linda Scobie

Amma Ateria  derived from ‘flammable material’, is a philosophy held through her work,  — to give strength to disintegration and fragility, to rebuild from aftermath of destruction, of dust. An electroacoustic composer / sound artist, her work examines psychoacoustics in binaural beats, brainwave entrainment, and equal-loudness contour. With immediacy of tension / release, she navigates between oppositions in search of transcending moments, transforming deafening noise into self hypnosis and metamorphosis. Compositions developed during her concussion recovery, utilizes brainwave entrainment, time shifts, and changes of neurological responses to DELTA, THETA, ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA waves as materials and focal point. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, polyrhythmic occurrences, out-of-body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, and lost speech.

Linda Izcali Scobie is a filmmaker, programmer and projectionist living in San Francisco. Her 16mm film work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Pacific Film Archive, LA Film Forum, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and XCÈNTRIC – de Barcelona. She is a projectionist at the Roxie Theater and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

performance: Joshua Churchill & Konrad Steiner

Joshua Churchill and Konrad Steiner’s collaborative performances are rendered from a wide palette of influences including musique concrète, metal, kosmische, film noir, found footage and personal film as each artist improvises the construction, layering, and movement of sound and image, respectively. Konrad’s samples clips from self-shot and hand-processed 16mm film transferred to video and, along with other sampled media. These clips are manipulated live loops using digital triggering, layering and mixing. Similarly, Joshua builds ever-shifting layers of meditative drones, ghostly melodies, and walls of distorted noise live from electric guitar, tape loops, electronics, and field recordings.

Their improvised cinema weaves a rich and ever-changing tapestry of color, mood, movement, and saturation, where the various elements drift in and out of the forefront, creating a series of cinematic events ranging from evanescent to thunderous.

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Joshua Churchill is an Oakland-based cross-disciplinary artist whose sound and light work takes the form of both performance and installation, often blurring the line between the two. In addition to expanded cinema collaborations with filmmakers such as Paul Clipson and John Davis, he has performed as a member of multiple experimental metal and drone projects, and performs solo under the moniker Plumes. Churchill has performed and exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Konrad Steiner makes single channel videos and performs both scripted live narration and live improvised montage. His work is sourced from self-shot and hand-processed 16mm film, video and media samples. His presentation of live cinema in the theater is a loose arrangement of images and sounds loose and evocative enough to bring forth associations for the audience like a shared dream.

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 8:00 pm, classic-editor, classic-editor



Come one, come all, and step into the tent for the wild history of Jim Rose and his Circus Sideshow—sword-swallowing! lizard men! death-defying stunts!—from their early days performing in Seattle dive bars to high-profile international tours and their eventful fallout. A sensational circus sideshow act explodes out of the Pacific Northwest and revives a lost art form for the 90s grunge rock scene. They recount the faintings, bannings, conflicts, and inner struggles of non-stop touring around the world. Seattle in the ’90s!..a scrappy street performer named Jim Rose started performing at small clubs with an act designed to shock and appall. He quickly attracted fellow freaks who developed skills that would inspire fainting and worse; people like the Amazing Mister LiftoMatt “The Tube” CrowleyZamora the Torture King, and Slug, who would swallow slugs and bugs and swords and later tattooed his entire body and became known as the Enigma. Tonight Zamora the Torture King opens with a live performance! Director Cory Wees also here to introduce. $11

About Artists' Television Access

Artists' Television Access is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) artist-run screening venue and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. ATA is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Christensen Fund, individuals members, donors and volunteers.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA: Join ATA as a member and receive exciting gifts, including the 2008 DVD compilation, T-shirts, and free admission to screenings and more! Artists on the 2008 DVD compilation include: Yin-Ju Chen, Mike Rollo, Marthaxiv, Sam Manera, Wago Kreider, Federico Campanale, Paul Clipson and Carl Diehl.

How to Reach Us:
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890
[email protected]

Gallery is open before and after screenings for viewing.
Screenings start at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

Directions: Take Bart to 24th Street Mission. Walk 1 block east to Valencia and 3 blocks north. ATA is located between 21st and 20th Streets.