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Shadow Play

Between Reality and Illusion
October 11, 2012—May 9, 2013
EMPAC — Troy, NY, USA

Shadow Play is a series of films that tread nimbly between reality and illusion, acknowledging the artificial nature of cinema. Referencing the tradition of shadow puppetry, the origins of cinema in phantasmagoria, and Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” each film draws on the metaphors of light as reality and shadow as artifice.

In Plato’s The Republic, the allegory of the cave illustrates the difference between truth and illusion. Many writers have noted that “Allegory of the Cave” (written c. 360 BCE), bears great resemblance to the contemporary movie theater.

Orson Welles narrating the Allegory of the Cave

Main Image: Film still from Holy Mountain (1973).

Season

Curator
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:30PM
Film/Video
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:30PM
Film/Video
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:30PM
Film/Video
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:30PM
Film/Video
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:30PM
Film/Video
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:30PM
Film/Video, Time-Based Visual Art
Selections from Phantom Museums
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8PM
Film/Video
Directed by Carol Reed