Friday, May 22 at 8PM

Alexis Gideon returns!

JOIN US for two animated operas by Alexis Gideon

The Crumbling (2015)
The Crumbling is a 21 minute stop-motion animation video opera set in a dream-like mythic town following the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The piece explores the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution.

The Crumbling takes a modern and innovative form, while drawing from ancient texts and esoterica such as the Kabbalah, the Hermetic Philosophy of ancient Egypt, the mystical beliefs of Hildegard von Bingen, Alchemy of the 16th Century, and the mid 19th Century occult beliefs of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor.

During screenings, the film is accompanied by live musical performance. The live music mirrors the action exactly, and the animated characters' mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics.

The Crumbling has been made possible through the generous support of Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater and funding provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

Video Musics I (2008)
Video Musics I is a twenty-minute multimedia video opera based on Hungarian mythology and folk tales. It consists of six individual songs + videos, each offering its own compact narrative while interlocking to form a larger whole. Video Musics I is a mystical allegory that draws parallels to our own times. This work is the first in a series of animated video operas that reimagine myths and folklore through modern techniques. During screenings, the film is accompanied by live musical performance. The live music mirrors the action exactly, and the animated characters' mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics.

$12 Students, Seniors and Members
$15 General Admission


Alexis Gideon is a visual artist, composer, and performer best known for his innovative animated video operas. The pieces explore themes varying from traditional folklore to esoteric philosophies through modern multimedia techniques, rich musical compositions and an epic ballad story structure. All dialogue and narration are expressed through lyrics and music that are performed live by Gideon alongside the projected video. The musical score is composed by the artist himself and serves as the backbone of the work.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art (Manhattan) paired Gideon with renowned South African artist William Kentridge for a joint exhibition in January 2013. Gideon performed Video Musics III: Floating Oceans to a sold-out audience. New York Magazine called the work “brilliant.”

Gideon's work has been shown and performed in 11 countries, including at: Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden) New Museum of Contemporary Art (Manhattan) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Vdrome Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Carnegie Museum of Art’s 2013 International Apartment Space Baltimore Museum of Art Oklahoma City Museum of Art Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus) Portland Art Museum Time Zones Festival (Bari, Italy) Suedpol (Luzerne, Switzerland) Centre d'Art Bastille (Grenoble, France) HBC Gallery, (Berlin, Germany)

Friday, May 29 and Saturday May, 30th at 8PM

New films by Laura Heit

An evening of new films by Laura Heit including Two Ways Down (2015), Rover's Eye (2015) and Apollo (2015), The Deep Dark (2011), and White Dialogues (2012)

Recent films presented by the artist, in person, feature drawn animation, depictions of hell, footage shot from space craft, disembodied heads, specters, and music by Emily Lacy and Jordan Dykstra.

Along side these new films a program of experimental animation by filmmakers and comic book artists including Crux by Lilli Carre and Alexander Stewart, Essay 1 and 4 by Julie Doucet and Jiro goes to the Dentist by Gina Kamentsky, Mound by Allison Schulnik, Down to Nothing by Jake Friedstrong


Laura Heit is an experimental filmmaker and a performance artist. Her work has been featured at museums and film festivals around the world including The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR and their 2014 Innovation Award for her installation Two Ways Down which premiered at Adams and Ollman spring 2014 and was an Artforum critics pick. Heit has a BFA in Film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London. Laura lives and works in Portland, Oregon, after many years living in Los Angeles.


Visit PEEPHOLE CINEMA, a new permanent screening site at Automata, available for viewing 24 hours a day. Peephole Cinema, conceived and curated by Laurie O'Brien and Allison deFren, is located in the alley behind Automata, to the left of our back door, between North Hill Street and Chung King Road.