“Interaction of Formats: Color in Film and Video” at Cinema Project and Northwest Film Center

The program title Interaction of Formats is a direct reference to the 1963 educational text by painter Josef Albers (Interaction of Color), which presents a number of visual exercises as a way to understand and perceive color. In it he writes, “color is the most relative medium in art.” And while Albers is considering how painted or printed colors interact and influence one another, that concept of color relativity can also be applied to colors presented as projected light. This two-night program seeks to highlight first the relativity of color and what each individual viewer might bring to it, but also considers the specificity of moving-image formats. Night one is a recent feature-length silent film on 35mm from Southern California artist Margaret Honda, Color Correction, which was made from the color timing tapes of an unknown Hollywood feature. Night two includes the 16mm film Color Aid from artist and former student of Albers, Richard Serra, as well as an homage to Kodachrome motion-picture film from Joshua Bonetta, plus an exploration of the condition Achromatopsia.

Program Details


December 13th
  • Color Correction
    by Margaret Honda

    US, 2015, 35mm, color, silent, 101 min.

December 19th
  • Color Aid
    by Richard Serra

    US, 1971, 16mm, color, sound, 36 min.

  • Color Without Color
    by Phyllis Baldino

    US, 1999, video, b&w, sound, 19 min.

  • American Colour
    by Joshua Bonetta

    US, 2011, 16mm to HD, color, sound, 25 min.

  • 2001 Colors Andy Never Thought of
    by George Barber

    US, 2015, HD, color, sound, 5.5 min.

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