Grand Detour is Proud to Present:
David Sherman: Wasteland Utopias
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 8PM
RECESS Gallery, 1127 SE 10th
The year is 1993. The place, San Francisco. David Sherman, experimental media-maker, founds the world’s first microcinema. Fast forward to 2011, and Portland’s own Grand Detour is hosting a screening of Sherman’s Wasteland Utopias, a cinematic essay featuring visionary developer Del Webb (Sun City) and legendary radical psychiatrist/naturalist Wilhelm Reich (Orgone Energy). What on earth could these two possibly have in common? The sunny Sonoran Desert for one thing, a shadowy CIA Operative for another. Desert landscapes, desert soulscapes, sex, sustainability, Emotional Plague, cloudbusting, water retention, cosmic intervention—these and other relevancies link the 1950s with our present moment in surprising, and seemingly prophetic, ways. Using found footage, documentary interviews, and narrative tableaux, the film interweaves contradictory narratives and critically poetic observations. By juxtaposing these two thinkers—who represent ostensibly opposing visions of a still-undefined future—Sherman asks viewers to consider a multiplicity of perspectives on our endangered natural and social environments.