Virginia Film Society Brings the Work of Experimental Film Artists Sandra Gibson and and Luis Recoder to Charlottesville

February 06, 2007

Feb. 6, 2007 -- The second offering of the Virginia Film Society Spring Series (“Artists on Film”) features the work of experimental artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. The two artists, who are stretching the definition of cinema, will present “Perf.Form,” on Feb. 20. The work is a double-projector performance in three parts, which includes live manipulation of projector light.
The duo will show three works: “Color Test / NO. 2” (2007), color and sound; “Alignments for Line” (2004), black/white, sound; and “Override” (2005), black/white and sound.

In conjunction with the Film Society’s offering, a selection of Gibson and Recoder’s video art pieces, “Light Works,” will also be on view at the U.Va. Art Museum’s new video gallery from Feb. 20-March 19. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Mark Webber, writing for The Times BFI London Film Festival said, “Both individually and in collaboration, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are creating some of the most innovative and engaging light works of the present time. I hesitate to say ‘films,’ since their work, though it is grounded in an understanding and application of celluloid, goes beyond a general understanding of what film is, taking into consideration the architecture and circumstances of the performance/viewing situation and the physical and emotional presence of light itself. From the inventive ways that they create images on the film strip to the use of multiple projection that often incorporates live performance, Luis and Sandra are two of the most vital young artists working in the field of ‘expanded cinema.’”

Since 2000 Gibson and Recoder have shown their collaborative film installations and performances at galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation in Paris.

The Tuesday, Feb. 20 showing of “Perf.Form” will be at the Vinegar Hill Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for the general public and free to Film Society members.  

Spring membership for the Virginia Film Society is $30 ($25 for students and seniors). Membership benefits include admission to the eight spring season screenings, a free pass to Regal Cinemas, $2 off Mondays at Sneak Reviews (non-new releases only) and $6 Tuesday movies at Vinegar Hill. Film Society memberships and individual admission tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before the screening at the venue box office. Memberships can also be purchased by mail using the membership order form available online at

For more information on membership in the Virginia Film Society, or to view the full spring season schedule, visit