Blake Williams
Canada, U.S.
63 min.

Q&A with Blake Williams following the screening

April 7
6:00 PM

Blake Williams’ stunning homemade experimental 3D feature is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, unless you’ve lived throughout the entirety of the 20th century. One might begin by saying PROTOTYPE is a kind of science-fiction film set during the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that looks back at the history of moving-image art. As the hurricane hits land, the film’s gaze is fixed on a televisual device that seems to project images of the future. PROTOTYPE is built around a foundation of various proto-cinematic technologies and media – stereography, Lucien Bull’s chronophotography, and the camera obscura – and early/primitive cinema tendencies. Williams moves from a firm representation of people and places toward a plasmatic formlessness, mimicking the trajectory from perspectivally oriented or space-based Renaissance representation to the fragmented, more temporally preoccupied Cubist, Futurist, and Suprematist movements that served as the tent poles of modernism. This is a condensed guideline, as Williams’ uncompromising project is an arena of dazzling ideas and cluttered curiosities intentionally striving for some sense of unity or structure, which gets to the heart of the critique of histories he’s engaging with: how the specificity of actual experience gets transformed into an event, replaced by images, icons, monuments, movements or narratives.

By Mark Peranson


Ilian Metev
Bulgaria, Germany


Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias
Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar

Dragonfly Eyes

Xu Bing
China, U.S.

Distant Constellation

Shevaun Mizrahi
USA, Turkey, Netherlands

The First Lap

Kim Dae-hwan
South Korea

Le fort des fous

Narimane Mari
France, Qatar, Germany, Algeria

Good Luck

Ben Russell
France, Germany

Mrs. Fang

Wang Bing
France, China, Germany

Once There Was Brasilia

Adirley Queirós
Brazil, Portugal


Basma Alsharif
France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar


Blake Williams
Canada, U.S.

Sweating the Small Stuff

Ninomiya Ryutaro

Damned Summer

Pedro Cabeleira