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Magic Lantern Phantasmagoria & Salon de Physique

Presented by Larry Spring Museum at Spring Commons, Fort Bragg CA

Jul 22 2023
Magic Lantern Phantasmagoria & Salon de Physique

Join artist Melissa Ferrari at the Larry Spring Museum, for a wondrous and uncommon experience featuring an evening of hand-drawn animation experiments, installation, and a magic lantern expanded-cinema performance! 

This Salon de Physique will be a series of experiments – an animated cabinet of curiosities – prioritizing expositions of the preternatural in the local environment and mythologizing scientific fact.  The explorations in Salon de Physique will be rooted in the curatorial philosophy of Redwood Time, following local rhythms and seeking neglected histories and ecologies in Fort Bragg that fall outside of conventional systems of value, time and scale.  This might include moments inspired by the ... view more »


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This event is a part of our program, “Redwood Time”, supported by a California Humanities grant.

“Redwood Time” is a multi-disciplinary project that encourages us to re-evaluate the dominant narratives of settlement and resource development along the northern Californian coast. Through creative exploration and reflection, we will produce a collaborative account of Fort Bragg that reflects formerly excluded local histories and worldviews, providing us with a richer understanding of the past we inherit and the territory we inhabit.

The central object of our reflection is a timeline affixed to the commemorative redwood round that has dominated our downtown center since its dedication in 1943. As with similar redwood rounds, Fort Bragg’s public memorial and timeline privileges linear time as the driver of history and naturalizes far-flung Euro- and human-centric events as the default approach to understanding our past and presence.

Over the next two years, “Redwood Time” will unfold as a focused series of live performances, public art installations, and community gatherings designed to generate new understandings of our relationship to our shared geography. Together we will create an empathic and nuanced counter-narrative that will draw into question our inherited notions of individuality. Our activities will culminate in the creation of reimagined versions of the round and a new legend that reveals our messy and vital connectedness.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Spring Commons

231 E. Redwood Ave., Fort Bragg, CA 95437


Spring Commons is available for rent. Large gates into the yard make load in easy.

The yard includes a small caravan that can be used as a stage and/or a service area

Depending on the event, we have room to park 2 cars. It is otherwise street parking.

Washroom facilities are available.

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