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046_Tommy Becker - "Passing Periods"

Doors open 7:00 - Screening Starts at 8:00!

"Passing Periods" / an expanded cinema performance / 60Min 

“Passing Periods”- is an expanded cinema performance that explores and celebrates the dynamics of the high school landscape and complexities of relations inside and outside the classroom. Within the program, the role of color in art history, the vitality of lemons as educational inquiry and the ebb and flow of our interpersonal lives is viewed through PowerPoint and celebrated in song.

This 60 minute performance revolves around eight music-based essays that combine live vocals with projected video and pre-recorded sound. Specific vocabulary and content related to the essays are introduced through short PowerPoint presentations that add an artistic dimension of learning to the program.


Tommy Becker is a poet trapped in a camcorder. He received his MFA in Film, Video, Performance from California College of Arts in 2001. Since that time he has continued to feed video poems into his never-ending saga, “TAPE NUMBER ONE”. His song length video work blends his poetry, song writing, performance, and in computer design. The tape is an incomplete visual monument, a documentary continuously being built upon through bits of poetry honoring the past. Often, Becker’s work is translated into live spoken word/video performances. His work has been screened and performed nationally and internationally including: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF CA; Freewaves’ 10th Biennial Film, Video & New Media Art Festival, Los Angeles; White Columns, New York; Black Maria Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; Crossroads FF, SF, CA; Sydney Underground FF, Australia and Antimatter FF, Victoria, BC. Since 2004 he’s worked as an arts educator in the Bay Area.