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Happiness is a Warm Projector

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February 13 – May 31, 2015

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Since 1991, Albuquerque-based collective Basement Films has been a volunteer-run micro-cinema supporting experimental and under-represented forms of media-making through public screenings, performances, workshops, and lectures. As part of On the Map, a multi-venue celebration of Albuquerque's art and design history, CCA invites Basement Films to create a site-specific exhibition and a series of experimental events.

The site-specific exhibition will include an installation of Basement Films' array of 16mm and 35mm film projectors, overhead projectors, slide projectors, screening a selection of vintage films to create a totally immersive environment of film and video that takes on technology's obsolescence. Their collection of over 8,000 educational and public service films focus primarily on the moralistic war-time issues of America in the 1940s-1960s. Basement Films exhumes old technologies and breathes new alternating current into the content and delivery systems that taught Americans such things as the proper way to administer an enema on the battlefield, how to behave on a first date, and how crouching beneath a school desk would keep us safe from a nuclear attack.

As a series of cinematic vignettes, the exhibition is a platform for performances, live screenings, a series of panel discussions, and field trips related to film and technology. This interdisciplinary approach results in a contemporary remix of out-dated ideas and dead technology.

About Basement Films

Founded in 1991, Albuquerque-based collective Basement Films is a volunteer-run micro-cinema supporting experimental and under-represented forms of media-making through public screenings, performances, workshops, and lectures. Membership is made up of artists, activists, media makers and "film buffs." Basement Films provides a forum for voices not heard in mainstream media.

Basement Films serves as a resource for artists, filmmakers, and students interested in exploring new, old, dead and experimental approaches to moving image art. Basement Films hopes to inspire individuals to recognize the value of their media voices, make movies in ways never imagined possible and to participate in shaping future trends in cultural representation.

Basement Films' projection equipment and film archive of more than 8,000 industrial, educational and ephemeral 16mm movies, 1000 8mm home movies and countless film strips are available for use by artists, filmmakers, and the community. The archive consists of media produced between the 1950s and 1970s which were used to socialize students, train employees and present a particular moral view of the world at community centers. Only recently are these films being saved and recognized for their historic value. www.basementfilms.org

About On the Map

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design is a cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by over 20 partnering organizations. From January through June 2015, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that investigate the diverse art of the greater Albuquerque region. This event places a comprehensive focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, contemporary to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region. www.visitalbuquerque.org/onthemap/