Sunday Nov 18 @7pm
Elisabeth Subrin’s Shulie

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Presented by the Jewish History Museum

Come watch Elisabeth Subrin’s Shulie (1997), which remade a 1967 documentary about the art student turned feminist visionary, writer and painter, Shulamith Firestone, who wrote the 1970 manifesto, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution.

The film screening (37 minutes) will be followed by a panel discussion with Sandra K. Soto, Ariel Goldberg, and Liz Kinnamon. Co-sponsored by the Jewish History Museum, Gender & Women Studies, and Exploded View Micro Cinema.

Free & Open to the Public

Friday 9/21
Thollem’s Electric Confluence//Weyant//Sanchez// Trejo

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Thollem / electric amalgam of PsychPunk, WorldBlues, NoiseLounge Post-Americana  + Glenn Weyant / Tucson-based jongleur + Anthony & Danielle Sanchez / analog synths & organic samples  + Chelsey Lee Trejo / experimental ambient folk-blues with a drone undertone = a quality brew of revolutionary entertainment 

Thollem’s Electric Confluence is a series of compositions for solo synthesizer integrating the multitudinous sonic experiences from Thollem’s life-long travels throughout the U.S., his curiosity and appreciation of diverse cultures and musical approaches. His compositions combine elements from disparate musics such as Gamelan, Taiko Drumming, Appalachian Folk Music, Baroque, Electro-Acoustic music, Noise, Blues, Tango, Salsa, Persian Music and more. “His compositions are a wonder, transforming the keys into a texturally staggering ensemble.” – Detroit Metro Times

Glenn Weyant is a Tucson-based jongleur. His work has been featured in global media but don’t take their word for it, come listen for yourself.vFor his last performance in Arizona, Glenn will premier a new  composition — zugunruhe synanthrope — played in a Mauerkrankheit-style upon electric guitar and electronics. More about Glenn can be found at, all over the internet, and at the ever awesome Electric Fetus.

Anthony Sanchez & Danielle Sanchez
Using modular analog synthesis and field recordings Anthony & Danielle Sanchez’ music, “…mimics the lazy and hazy desert days and nights by mixing organic samples of birds and civil rights speeches with ethereal soul samples and watery, chanted vocals. Flicks of drum noise fly around the sonic field and an electric pulse slowly builds from background to forefront.  Samples swirl through circular patterns before the beat collapses in on itself and turns into mixture of bipolar organic and electronic elements.”
Chelsey Lee Trejo
Experimental ambient folk-blues with a drone undertone.

sound installation
Thursday 4/26, 12-7pm


Saxorcism is a 4-channel reactive sound installation by Tucson-based artist Jim Colby. Every sound the audience experiences originates from a recording of a saxophone. The installation resides at the tangled nodes of composition, sculpture, collective improvisation, and synthetic field recordings.

The showing will conclude with an electronic music performance by Jim Colby of compositions made with saxophone samples, alongside performances by John Niekrasz, Patrick Cain, and Born2Death as part of the Tucson Noise Symposium. More information about the performance here:

Saxorcism has been made possible by a 2017 Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission of the Arts.

When a sound is cast out from it’s physical origin, what does it become?


Thursday 4/26
Tucson Noise Symposium
Jim Colby, John Niekrasz, Born2Death, Pat Cain


Tucson-based sound artist Jim Colby will be debuting Saxorcism, a sound installation/composition/performance created entirely from digitally mangled audio of the beguiling reed instrument known as the saxophone. The installation component will be on view inside Exploded View from noon until the start of the evening’s musical performances.

massive empathic improvisations by John Niekrasz (percussion)!

withering noise bliss from Born2Death!

synthetic beat genius from Pat Cain!

7 doors, 7.30 music, $6 FUN

Vanessa Renwick: NSEW FILM TOUR!!

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Exploded View is super excited to host the fantastic Vanessa Renwick in Tucson !!

Vanessa Renwick has been a singular voice in the experimental cinema for over 20 years. Eschewing an allegiance to any one medium or form, Renwick builds authentic moving image works revealing an insatiable curiosity and unflinching engagement with the world around her. Often focusing her lens on themes of westward expansion and the locales of her adopted home, the Pacific Northwest, Renwick uses avant-garde formal elements to explore radical politics and environmental issues.

A selection of 13 shorts. These short, personal constructions demonstrate a wide range of formal approaches and subjects that include wildness, hitchhiking, death, nuclear power, gentrification and migration. Renwick’s films share a restless spirit, an interest in outlaw art-making, and an unflagging sense of wanderlust. Without fail, the work is intense, hard to pin down and even harder to forget.

“Vanessa Renwick’s films reveal the hidden stories and secret lives that define our great national weirdness, imbued with the radical curiosity and vision of a true pioneer.” –Todd Haynes

WED 3/14

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Join us tonight for premieres of experimental works of analogue and digital cinema exploring Southwestern terrains. ENCODED / EXPLODED (2018) Is a new video work that triangulates sites of mythic power centers in the Sonoran/Tucson basin and traces visionary intersections of the cultural/technological and natural Sonoran landscape. Also screening is the psycho-dynamic 9/11 warfare of The Graceless and agitprop documentation from Psycmap Collective’s D19 Festival of Lights intervention. Opening the show is an expanded 16mm projector performance of Sherman’s homage to AZ’s letter mountains: The Silver Returns with live improvised guitar accompaniment by Roman Barten-Sherman.

Wednesday 2/ 28
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A night of improvisation, loops, noise, noise-music, sounds, and more. This is the first pre-symposium symposium show for the upcoming Tucson Noise Symposium (last week of April, 2018).

We have performers traveling through and performers performing in Tucson for the first time! ! ! This will rule! !

Tatsuya Nakatani (New Mexico) – percussive improvisational unhingedness
Andrew Weaters (West Texas) – guitars whirling around, voice in the vortex
CJ Boyd (permanent tour) – bass. loops. magic.
Ana Diaz Sacco – songs, keyboards, thrash [first Tucson show!]
Modular Biologique – synthesis : analysis :: construction : destruction [first Tucson show!]
Algae & Tentacles – what it sounds like

Sunday 2/11
Transforming Agave premier with special musical guests!



Exploded View presents the premier of local filmmaker Bryan Nelson’s short film Transforming Agave on Sunday February 11. The film runs 6 1/2 minutes long; the filmmaker Bryan, it’s subject Kyle Bert, and soundtrack composer Ryan Chavira will all be on hand to play music and talk about the film, as well as locals Blue Stained Stems. It was all filmed in the Tucson area, and is a 100% local production.

Synopsis: local musician and crafter Kyle Bert finds serenity and self-acceptance while crafting unique didgeridoos out of agave flowers that he harvests in southern Arizona.

Director’s statement:Transforming Agave is a film about more than just the art of crafting an idiosyncratic musical instrument. It’s about how the interwoven elements that go into making art are what imbue it with meaning. Kyle’s agave didgeridoos are embedded to place, to community, and to his own psychological well being in a way that reminds us of the value of deep contextual connection.

The music: Kyle Bert and Ryan Chavira infuse the natural rhythms and harmonics of an ancient world inspired by the didgeridoo (Kyle), along with the Sci-fi soundscapes of analog synthesis (Ryan), oscillating meditative patterns into a cohesive singularity best described as otherworldly.

Blue Stained Stems (incarnation 2) feeds off an interplay between Brazilian drummer Mario Iochpe and local Tucsonian Michael Henderson to arrive at ever-expanding sonic crossroads that mix samba, afrobeat, jazz, maqam, punk and rock n’ roll into a free form trance. With a playful aversion to order, yet a mindful adherence to a much necessary flow state, the band strives to perform an incrementally changing repertoire. From an immersive musical dialogue, Blue Stained Stems finds shape through guitars, oud, bassoud, and a 4-piece drum

Thursday 1/18
Jon Jost & Ralph White: American Transcendence!

A night of transcendental American experimentalism in music and film! Ev fave Ralph White (from Austin’s BAD LIVERS on banjo/fiddle/guitar/voice) will start the evening with his sonic visions! The second bill of the evening will be a rare screening of experimental works by the renowned maverick independent filmmaker Jon Jost! Jon will be in-person and presenting a selections of his visual essays and abstract videos that focus on landscape, character and “what it means to be alive”.
Come support his last American cine tour!!

Sat 10/21
Paul Metzger / John Saint Pelvyn / SKINCAGE / & filmmaker Steven Matheson! John copy
• Paul Metzger
A virtuoso on a 23 string banjo he built himself, Metzger’s Idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations at times bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. But refracted through his singular musical mind he creates a sonic universe all his own. Metzger’s “home made” aesthetic puts him alongside DIY mavericks like Eugene Chadbourne and his electric rake, and Charlie Nothing and his dingulators, but Metzger also posses a penchant to extract every possible sound out of an instrument that is reminiscent of the exhaustive instrumental explorations of Derek Baily. His many releases over the years have garnered high praise and helped establish him as a central voice in the world of Avant-Garde & Experimental Folk. Metzger creates a unique music evocative of some magical forgotten age, but simultaneously one deeply rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.“…Metzger’s banjo and guitar contain multitudes. Suspended between past and future, honouring the tradition while hijacking it, listening for its voice while revelling in its inarticulacies; this is how the thing sings. And the song, in the obsessive extensions of Metzger’s instruments, truly has no ending.” – The Wire

• John Saint Pelvyn
Guitarist, therminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is on tour this fall with his new solo release A Clerical Error in Shasta County Shouldn’t have to Ruin a Saturday Night from Seeland/Electro Motive Records. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey, Loren Mazzacane-Connors, and Sandy Bull can be heard here, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He will sing otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself fingerpicking, or will throw modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

“When wandering the stage singing into the F-holes of his electric arch top bringing forth arpeggios of feedback, or waving the neck of his guitar in the vicinity of a howling theremin, indeed, he seems to be playing the very air itself.” – Electro Motive


Tucson’s own! Skincage is a one-man noise/ambient/looping project in studio and live incarnations. Recordings are typically the result of meticulous studio work but when I play live I explore the moment with whatever hardware and chance materials I can use.
• Steven Matheson
Steven Matheson is a filmaker working at the borders of both documentary and fictional narrative forms, exploring the ways that the “everyday” can be re-framed and opened up as terrain for fictional re-invention, aesthetic experimentation and social criticism. His film work has been exhibited extensively internationally, at such venues as the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the ICA in London, and Amsterdam’s World Wide Video Festival.
• Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel
This absurdist, microscopic film noir follows the activities of an underground network of ill people, desperate to create alternative methods of self-care in a world where natural resources are disappearing. While examining the meaning of health, disease, and well-being in the post-industrial world, Apple Grown In Wind Tunnel imagines the development of a culture at the margins, linked by illicit radio broadcasts, toxic waste sites, the highway, and ultimately by the overwhelming desire to find a cure.

“To the immune system in the 21st Century, here’s a sublime video elegy: a tale of illness, and grass-roots conjuring against the contemporary malaise. This riveting toxic-road-movie seeps and slouches forward in search of a cure.” – Craig Baldwin

– Best Narrative Film, 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival
– Golden Gate Award for New Visions, San Francisco International Film Festival
– Jurors’ Choice Award (First Prize), Black Maria Film and Video Festival
– First Prize, Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zürich
– One Eye Award, Stuttgarter Filmwinter–Festival for Expanded Media

2001, Video, 26 mins