Re: Time

From: esperanza collado (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Apr 17 2007 - 04:16:41 PDT

Hi Ingo,

It is a fascinating subject indeed, but as far as I know there is no
such generic text regarding the concept of time in Experimental Film
(if there is, please let me know!). As you know there are plenty
references, interviews and fragments of texts implying the subject
though. Michael Snow's Back&Forth and La Region Centrale deal with
space-time dimension; time becoming a plastic modulating quasi-object.
You can find plenty comments on this notion in his conversations with
Bruce Elder (see The Michael Snow Project: The Collected Writings), or
in Structural Film Anthology by Peter Gidal, in which Snow talks about
Einstein and Relativity, among others. Warhol's Empire is another
direct example; have you read any Robert Smithson's writings regarding
time and film? Ultramoderne, a Cinematic Utopia etc. are all in Robert
Smithson: The Collected Writings (edited by Jack Flam).

Douglas David's "Time! Time! Time! The Context of Inmediacy" (in
Davis, D. and Simmons, A., The New Television: A Public/Private Art,
Cambridge, MA, London, MIT Press, 1977) is about time in relation to
cinema (although there is no direct reference to avant-garde, here you
have the point of view of an artist working with moving-image

There is a section titled 'Duration as a Concrete Dimension' in
Malcolm Le Grice's text 'Material, Materiality, Materialism' regarding
Structural/Materialist film temporal notion (the text was probably
included in Experimental Film in the Digital Age, not sure). I don't
think this idea is innovative in the 60s-70s though; as you know Dziga
Vertov made great developments on the idea of time as modulating
matter in film in the 20s (not to mention Maya Deren wrintings).

I hope this is helpful for you. I could give you more references if
you need so, and please, if you know any generic text on this subject
let me know.

Good luck,

esperanza Collado.

On 17/04/07, Ingo Petzke <email suppressed> wrote:
> Anyone out there with a suggestion for a good introductory text to the
> concept of time in Experimental Film?
> Ingo P.
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