Seeing is a primary way of knowing, yet our vision is limited to our biological capabilities and temporal position. Long-term environmental changes and the influence of technological interventions are difficult to apprehend from any present moment. Cinema can, however, unlock the potential to both transcend our experience and transform our habitat. It allows us to see in supernatural time spans and at scales unavailable to the naked eye. This technology of image-making reveals deeper aesthetic truths behind the vistas. Film can track visions of our natural and built environments over time to preserve landscapes for future viewers. A prescription for appreciating these complex ecologies is “Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints is curated by Kathleen Maguire and Samuel Sharkey, Exploratorium, San Francisco and presented in conjunction with No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. The program is organized in two alternating cycles, each beginning at the top of the hour in MFA’s Screening Room.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Kathleen Maguire is a media arts programmer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her work includes designing screenings for intergenerational audiences, working closely with artists to craft media-based performances, and curating media works for the Museum galleries. Recent projects include Light Play: Mechanical Entry Points, a multi-year engagement highlighting artists who explore light art through mechanical technologies and Field of View: Mapping Emerging Technologies, a series of temporal engagements examining cutting-edge use of immersive technologies in science and the arts. She was previously a part of the temporal programming group at the American Museum of Natural History and is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
Samuel Sharkey is a Bay Area film exhibitor and event producer focused on audience experience through interactive performance and direct engagement. He graduated with a BA in media studies from the University of San Francisco and expanded his interest in performing arts through celebrating cult cinema with Peaches Christ Productions (2004 – 2018) and honing visitor engagement while co-operating the Red Vic Movie House (2008 – 2012). He has worked as a part of Cinema Arts at the Exploratorium since 2008, gaining a deep appreciation for experimental film forms and site-based screenings. He curates short film programs, outdoor screenings, and expanded cinema performances.
LIST OF ARTISTS
Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Jan van IJken