Jeremy Rourke presents a performance of expanded cinema works rooted in original music and experimental animation. The Exploded View From My Time Machine is a rendition of his residency inside Professors Darrin Martin and John Terning’s SHAPE course, “Creative Visualizations of Science.” SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement) is a special project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in a new set of undergraduate courses.
A self-taught animator eschewing digital effects for hands-on techniques, Jeremy creates an immersive experience for his audience using stories, field recordings, and real-time interactions with his projections. His animation table is full of paper ephemera, photo-puppets, clay, paint, pens, pencils, lights, shadows, and flora. He intricately fuses found materials, vintage photography, time-lapse video, text, cut-paper and songs into works of idiosyncratic detail.
In this live performance, he will take the journey of an artist who has perhaps unintentionally been asking rather scientific questions for a while. Why does this lens flare look so beautiful? What f-stop will blur this old photograph just so? How many frames make up this walking cycle?
Jeremy Rourke was named “Best New Animator/Musician” by SF Weekly and has been awarded residencies at Recology SF and Djerassi. He has shared his work around the Bay Area (including the Exploratorium and Other Cinema) around the country (including the Echo Park Film Center and Ashland Independent Festival) and internationally (including Budapest Short International Film Festival, Wimbledon International Short Film Festival and Antimatter Media Festival).