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Jeffrey Shaw

With Theo Botschuijver, Sean Wellesley-Miller and Tjebbe van Tijen.

The Corpocinema was an expanded cinema environment presented in a series of open-air performances in Rotterdam and Amsterdam in 1967. The work dematerialised the opaque flat projection surface of traditional cinema by creating instead a transparent three-dimensional volume within which the cinematic image could be reconstituted in an equivocal and immediate way. The specific physical and temporal qualities of the various actions and events performed to materialise the projected images also caused dramatic transformations and re-constructions of those images.

The basic structure was a large air-inflated transparent PVC dome onto which film and slides were projected from the outside. These projections were made visible by physical events and performed actions that created temporary conditions that materialised the projected imagery within and on the surface of the dome. For example, white polythene tubing was inflated until it filled the interior of the dome, thus creating a complex, growing surface on which the image appeared - then the dome was deflated over this tubing. Fire-extinguishing foam was sprayed over the entire inner surface of the dome, building up an opaque white projection surface - and as the foam dripped off the dome, the projected image disintegrated. Various other substances such as smoke, steam, water spray and confetti were used to fill the interior space of the dome and so constitute a volume of particles on which the projected images were attenuated.


1967: Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sigma Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands.