/ Last Modified January 16, 2014

Microcinema Venue Aims to Use Films as Live Art Mediums

Exploded View in downtown Tucson provides flexible art space that supports experimental, innovative projects in interactive way.

Established in 2013, Exploded View is a storefront microcinema in downtown Tucson. It aims to provide a flexible art space that supports experimental and innovative projects in an interactive way.

"We are looking to bring back the irreplaceable rarity and preciousness of film as a live medium, or film in a shared public space, where it is a social event as oppose to something that happens in one's solitude with one's computer," said Rebecca Barten, co-founder of Exploded View.

Their microcinema not only refers to the size of the place. It is also meant to imply an intimacy or narrowing the distance between an artist and the audience, explained David Sherman, also co-founder of Exploded View.

They aim to show various types of films, from extremely personally driven made out of the artists' own facilities, to historical films made in the early silent era, as well as contemporarily.

And there is a simple reason for showing these productions.

"There is a huge amount of films that just don't get shown or you can see them only on YouTube or something like that," Sherman said. "What makes microcinema special is engaging the community, (and being a place) where audience members converse about the films, aesthetics and all sort of things that do not happen in normal cinema."

This venue encourages non-narrative pieces that are close to music and poetry, essay films and political documentaries.

"We treat every evening as a creative collage where we will have different aspects of the evening , whether there is a film when you walk in or an entrance piece or art on the wall or maybe several programs on the film that form a montage," Barten said.

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