Eric Theise

Gutterball (2003)

MiniDV, color, sound, 8 minutes.
With Dylan Bolles, Nathan Lynch, and Michael Barth Meyers.

Dylan Bolles

Dylan Bolles

Nathan Lynch

Nathan Lynch

Michael Barth Meyers

Michael Barth Meyers

Long shot of the bowling alley in the gymnasium at the Headlands Center for the Arts

Gutterball worlds: inner

Headlands Center for the Arts

Gutterball worlds: outer

A pipe that leads from the bowling alley in the gymnasium at the Headlands Center for the Arts to the outside world

A conduit between inner
& outer worlds

Gutterball was made at the request of San Francisco Bay Area artists Dylan Bolles, Nathan Lynch, and Michael Barth Meyers. It was shot one afternoon soon after its 28 April 2002 performances at a Headlands Center for the Arts Open House, using available light and an unfamiliar camera.

The piece was nearly lost, the original footage and a looped final edit existing only on degraded-by-time MiniDV tapes. Reclaiming it was my primary goal when I applied to the Bay Area Video Coalition's Preservation Access Program in 2018. I'm grateful to BAVC for admitting me into the program, and to the National Endowment for the Arts & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their support of this important program, which has preserved work in countless formats from individuals and organizations across the United States.