<i>Blind Cinema</i>

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Mon., Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m., Tue., Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. and Thu., Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

School of Visual Arts Theater
333 W. 23 St.
New York, NY  10010
Imagine yourself blindfolded and seated in a movie theater as a wordless film plays and a child whispers what they see into your ear. Created by the artist Britt Hatzius, Blind Cinema — part of the 2017 COIL Festival — hinges on the audience giving over complete control to a group of schoolchildren. The results are charming and unexpected, as the adults are wholly dependent on the children to stay focused, provide guidance, and be vivid in their word choices. When this writer experienced the show, in 2015, three different kids got a turn in my ear. One hummed to himself ("da ta da ta da") while waiting for something he felt was worth recounting; another lent the film a foreboding tone with her adjectives. Each experience is entirely unique: No two kids will process the picture the same way, and each member of the crowd is an individual at the mercy of the cacophony.
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