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Anthology Film Archives
THE JOSHUA WHITE AND GARY PANTER LIGHT SHOW
July 15-18, 2004
Joshua White – renowned light-show artist and creator of the “Joshua Light Show” at New York City’s legendary Fillmore East – and Gary Panter – groundbreaking painter and comic book artist famed for the design of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse television show – join forces to present a series of live light-altering performances in Anthology’s historic Courthouse Theater.
The rear-projected light show uses many direct, refracted, filtered, reflected, and interrupted light sources to interpret multi-layered prerecorded music and live improvisation. Some of the sources and light-bending apparatus were used in the original “Joshua Light Show.”
The effect is hypnotic, compelling and relaxing: an immersive color and shape experience that can inspire vivid daydreams, personal reflection, and a re-awakening of visual awareness. It is also immensely entertaining.
Each show is a unique live performance, generated by the long-time love of both artists for light abstraction and phenomena.
I saw the ad; sounded interesting, but of course I didn’t go. I remember JLS on ballroom bills from when I was young, but I never saw a show. I did see the late Captain Whizzo in the late ‘80s. Frankly, I was underwhelmed, but then it was a revivalist scene that never quite convinced me; I was in sympathy, but not in tune. I’m sure he was cool in the ‘60s. One’s own involvement with the scene plays a big part in a lightshow. I’ve seen some impressive ones, but for my money nothing beats the dual-projector Butthole Surfer shows, though they were crude compared to some big-name bands I’ve seen. Of course, the mushrooms might have had something to do with that. Back in the day, things were simpler; I always liked the description (from Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) of an early Prankster lightshow where they put two bugs on an overhead projector and they fought. Today that would be cruelty to animals…
But you didn't actually go to see the show which was brilliant.
I saw one of Panter's lightshows at Pierogi, it was kind of a teenager's basement phantasmogoria, very DIY and slow and required a lot of patience on the part of the viewer. He's a great graphic artist but that particular light show was not great.
How do I get dressed? Well, you know: first I put on my pants, both legs at one time...
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thats around when alex gets up.