Cabrillo Gallery

Moving Images: pause... restart

video shorts

Online juried exhibition
October 4 to November 5, 2021

Juror's Talk with Clark Bruckner

Saturday, October 16 at 4:00pm
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There are times when a significant event interrupts our lives, making us feel like we have been put on hold by forces beyond our control and shaking our perceptions of day-to-day reality. Such a destabilizing interruption is foremost in our collective consciousness at this moment, having all experienced this on a grand scale when the world came grinding to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, suspending us in uncertainty.

As disruptive and distressing as such episodes can be, they can also prompt us to reflect on what is most important to us. Certainly, after being stuck in the endless loop of days as we sheltered-in-place, many of us contemplated new ways of being, and reconsidered, or even decided to re-invent, essential aspects of our existence—be it our jobs, our relationships, our living environment, our well-being and even our greater purpose in the world. As we consider the end of this long detour of our normal lives and look ahead to reengaging with the world outside our bubbles, many of us are guided forward by new perspectives and changed priorities.

Moving Images: pause…. restart features moving image artworks that address the idea of restarting with renewed purpose after being stopped in one's tracks, by whatever circumstances. This might be as simple as savoring time with loved ones, as primal as connecting with nature, as empowering as reclaiming one's sense of self after trauma, as purposeful as devoting oneself to a social justice movement. The artists in the exhibition offer their visions and reflections on creating a better world, no matter what changes, big or small, they have envisioned to get there.

About the Juror

Clark Buckner, Director of the gallery and production company Telematic Media Arts in San Francisco, is a producer, curator, and cultural critic. The gallery exhibits and supports time-based arts, with particular attention to screen culture, and art’s intersection with contemporary information and telecommunications technologies.

One of his recent projects is The Archive to Come, a large group show of time-based works by more than 50 international artists, co-curated with NY artist Carla Gannis, in response to Covid-19, BLM, and the current crisis of the republic.

For many years, Buckner taught critical theory, cultural criticism and curatorial practice in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. His publications have focused on art, philosophy, film/video and curatorial practice. He co-founded The Blue Studio, an arts community and workspace and served for many years as Director/Curator of the project space, MISSION 17. He has a PhD in Continental Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Critical Theory from Vanderbilt University.