Re: pathology of film

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 11 2006 - 13:25:43 PDT

On Jun 11, 2006, at 1:06 PM, Gregory Kurcewicz wrote:

> 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.

Also brings to minds a suggestion from Mekas' FILM JOURNAL, from the
early 60s. He suggest mounting a razor blade above the gate in a
projector showing bad Hollywood films, to watch them get destroyed in
realtime. Works better in 35mm because of the dual perfs.

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