Re: pathology of film

From: John Smith (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 11 2006 - 11:44:40 PDT

The artist was Annabel Nicholson and the piece was called "Reel Time". The
loop was not clear leader, but a film of the artist running film through the
sewing machine, as replicated in the live performance. A second 16mm
projector was used as a light source to cast a shadow of Annabel and her
sewing machine onto the wall adjacent to the projected film image.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 13:14:41 -0400
From: Tom B Whiteside <email suppressed>

Subject: pathology of film David's idea below brings to mind an
> older one, forgive me for not having the correct information on this but
> I'm sure someone can come up with the title and artist. At the London
> Filmmakers
> Coop many years ago a woman ran a long 16mm loop from the projector through
> a sewing machine and back through the projector. (Was it clear leader?
> I think so. That would have made it delightfully inclusive.) Of course
> the sewing machine punched holes in the film, which got caught in the gate,
> which ripped the film, which brought the whole thing to a halt. The event
> could not have lasted very long, but the idea lingers. This has recently
> been a major theme in experimental film and has shown up in any number
> of films and programs the last decade, the degradation of emulsion and
> base, the fragility of film stock over time, etc. The ephemeral nature
> of the medium has long been worked by artists, even decades ago when it
> seemed that it might last forever.

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