A man shown against a night sky explains that he lives with oxen but that he is one of the last who does, “since the planet upon which men live has saturated.” You see him and others from seemingly rural, maybe run-down areas speak about space travel and telepathy in the film footage that's part of Neil Beloufa's Sci-Fi Shelf, a sculpture of wood, glass, paint and electrical equipment, tucked in a corner behind a portable wall in Night Gallery's current group show, “CULM.” But the flat-screen TV monitor, positioned at the top of Beloufa's sculpture, faces downward, and there's no convenient way to get below it. This means you can only see the footage reflected in angled mirrors that are part of Beloufa's half-high-tech, half-hodgepodge and surprisingly spellbinding contraption. 2276 E. 16th St.; through Sept. 28. (650) 384-5448, nightgallery.ca.

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