present and upcoming

  • Ulysses in the Subway — the 3D film we’ve finished earlier this year in collaboration with Ken and Flo Jacobs — will show at Sheffield Doc|Fest on June 10 and 13. This is after its premier at the Berlin Film Festival / Forum Expanded, on the 12th and 18th of Feburary. The film had its American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art, where was part of this year’s Doc Fortnight festival.

  • Downie and Kaiser are very pleased to announce our project at the University of Chicago Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry — a 16-month long collaboration with noted film scholar Tom Gunning to “study and intervene in the current redefinition of the moving image as it shifts from the frame of classical cinema to the immersive framelessness and interactivity of virtual reality”. Details here.

  • Downie and Kaiser will be giving a public lecture at the Ammerman Center / Connecticut College on Monday, Nov 9. Details here. They are Mellon Fellows for the upcoming academic year.

  • All Day is on view at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the same fashion as After Ghostcatching there — both on the enormous outdoor LED Oculus and in the five-screen indoor installation. All Day evokes the borough of Brooklyn by means of enormous captures of the city space and the everyday athleticism within it.

  • Downie was recently in residence at IRCAM, researching new techniques and engines for spatialized sound in VR.

current and recent activity

  • Pedestrian was exhibited in the Art Souterrain festival in Montreal, February 25 to March 15 2015.

  • With a renewed artists’ residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, we are completing the third and final 3D work in our Gardner series, this one a three-screen installation entitled Maenads & Satyrs, which will be exhibited there in 2017. (Our two previous works for the Gardner are Saccades and Knight’s Rest.)

  • A first version of 12 Stabs was completed in fall 2014, but we are currently transforming it into a much larger work. It is a phantasmagoric simulation of how the replicants in a well-known science fiction film might actually see the world.

recent premieres

  1. Saccades is the second 3D film to result from our recent residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where it premiered on 6 March 2014. The music was composed by Downie & Kaiser with Tom Chiu.

  2. Linked Verse is a piece for music theater that explores the gaps and the overlaps between Japanese and Western ways of being. It premiered at Bing Hall on December 7 2013. A collaboration with composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, it featured two musicians: cellist Maya Beiser and shō player Ko Ishikawa. It was commissioned by Stanford University to help inaugurate its new Bing Concert Hall, and is co-produced by Beth Morrison Productions.

  3. MoMA featured six new and recent 3D films in a “Modern Monday” presentation on November 11, 2013. Two were premieres: Circling Detroit and the 3D version of All Day. The other four were Loops, plant, Knight´s Rest, and All Sides of the Road. In addition, the museum screened our earlier and longest 3D film: Upending .

  4. All Day opened at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 10, 2013, where it has taken the same form as After Ghostcatching there – both on the enormous outdoor LED Oculus and in the five-screen indoor installation. A separate 3D version of All Day was screened at MoMA – see above.)

  5. Knight´s Rest, premiered on October 3, 2013, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This five-minute 3D film is the first artwork to emerge from our museum residency there; it features a piano score composed and performed by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski.

  6. Becoming at the Wellcome Collection in London was part of the Thinking with the Body exhibition, where it ran live from September 15 through October 27 2013. The work is a real-time, artificially intelligent response to a database of all the abstracted movements in a feature-length Hollywood film. It was used by British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s in his London studio as an “eleventh dancer” whose role was to instigate new ideas for McGregor and his Random Dance company as they created a new work. Becoming was created by Marc Downie in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.

  7. Detroit Transect is a massive mutli-part investigation of 3D visual documentary, which we completed in fall 2014.
    It dissects a nearly seven mile line through Detroit, largely along the route of Brush Street, which we’ve captured from car, from helicopter, from PeopleMover, and on foot and in related historical archives and contemporary cartographic and census data.

    All five sections are now complete: Circling; Reaching; Cornering;Glimpsing; and Spine

    For further background information, see the well-illustrated interim report, which provides a thorough explanation of the project’s methods and goals. The project was initiated as part of OpenEndedGroup’s 2012-13 Roman J. Witt Artists in Residency at the University of Michigan and has received considerable further support from the Knight Foundation.



recently exhibited

  • All Sides of the Road and Upending were featured in the BildRausch FilmFest Basel on 30 and 31 May 2014 respectively. plant and All Sides of the Road was exhibited at this years Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. All Sides of the Road also shows at Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus.

  • Saccades was the second of three works resulting from an ongoing artists’ residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It premiered there on 6 March 2014.

  • Linked Verse with composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski premiered at Stanford’s new Bing Hall on December 7 and 8 with Maya Beiser, cello and Ko Ishikawa, sho.

  • MoMA featured six new and recent 3D films in a “Modern Monday” presentation on November 11. Two were premieres: Circling Detroit and the 3D version of All Day. The other four were Loops, plant, Knight´s Rest, and All Sides of the Road. In addition, the museum screened our earlier and longest 3D film: Upending .

  • Becoming was installed, live, as part of the Thinking with the Body exhibition, from September 19 - October 27 at the Wellcome Collection in London.

  • Knight’s rest — the first of a trio of films arising out of our residencies at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston — premiered there on October 3rd.

  • After Ghostcatching was exhibited at the University of Surrey in the UK in early September.

  • Excerpts of Upending at Hong Kong University in late January 2013.

  • A program entitled In Place was presented in the Rome Film Festival. This program comprised three 3D films, [plant] (http://http://openendedgroup.com/artworks/plant.html), Waves, and All Sides of the Road, the latter two being premieres. (November 2012)

  • Drawn Together at Georgia Tech, School of Architecture, Stubbins Gallery .

  • plant at Detroit Institute for the Arts (January 10 – April 29, 2012).

  • After Ghostcatching at Nelson Atkins Museum: (September 10 – December 31, 2011) and Boston ICA (October 7 – January 15, 2012)


recent publications

  1. The Encircling Self: In Memory of Maryanne Amacher, a long reflection by Kaiser, has been published in the January 2014 issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. (An early draft of the text was once previewed on this site.)

  2. The final White Paper for Proximity Fuse may be downloaded here.The lengthy report outlines our prototype for a new form of documentary and incluces contains the complete storyboard/script for the first of its three envisioned sections. Our subject is the origins of present-day technology in War World Two and the Cold War, as enacted in the career of Iowa astrophysicist James A. Van Allen. Funded with a chairman’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  3. We’ve redesigned and published a new version of Creative Collaboration for the iPad; released under a Creative Commons license, it may be downloaded for free from the iTunes store here or seen as a pdf.

The work, which draws upon our long experience in collaboration and offers concise and startling rules of thumb arranged in complementary pairs, was commissioned by the Finnish Innovation Fund, which put out its own print-on-demand version late in 2012.