There once was an interactive, filmmic and kinetic art show a few weeks back, on Jan. 29, that existed for only 3 hours in a cavernous and dark room, and then, like a magic trick, was gone.

It took place at night. Theatrical fog drifted in the air. The illumination came from the pieces themselves, all of which were studies in light and shadow and filmmaking, made up of different elements of the central animated short film, starring a crow and set in a forest. The show was called Noir.

It was billed as an interactive installation and projection show with film screenings, an "experiment in visual storytelling." That's per CSU Monterey Bay film professor Soyeon Kim, who led her students through this foray into things moving in the dark.

"We often consider our film experience to be one-way communication: filmmakers create a story to tell the audience," Kim writes via email. "I wanted to introduce more active ways to engage with the audience: by offering more imaginary space for the audience to fill in with their ideas during the film screening, as well as by providing them with actual artwork and activities to be a part of the art."

It went up in one day at the Cinematic Arts & Technology department studio space (fyi: my wife, Enid Baxter Ryce, is the chair of the department) and came down before the next day because they needed the space for classes.

So if you weren't one of the multitudes who were there in that slim space of time and place, it will be one of those fascinating phenomenon that came and went with only a small society privy to its existence. But this photo slideshow offers a pictorial time machine, to get a sense of what this unique and evocative show was like, with commentary by Kim.

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