Re: Time

From: Matt Teichman (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Apr 18 2007 - 03:53:31 PDT

I'd like to second this recommendation--these are great pieces. The
streak left by the marker comes in as a surrogate for the streak of a
time exposure, so that just as in photographic footage, there is an
interplay between the quantized movement of the projector and the
continuous gestural arc of each frame. All this without even using a
camera--I don't know how Mr. Iimura does it! Spectacular stuff.


iimura wrote:

> May I introduce my films which deal time directly as a text as well as
> an experience.
> 24 FRAMES PER SECOND, 1975-78 , B&W, 12min.
> /"Both in terms of its examination of time and space, of light and
> darkness, of visuals and sounds; and in terms of its demands and
> potential rewards for an audience, 24 FRAME PER SECOND is the
> quintessential Iimura film."/ Scott Macdonald
> 2 MINUTES 46 SECONDS 16 FRAMES(100 FEET)",1972, B&W, 9min.(Also other
> 3 films included in MODELS, Reel 1: TIMING1, 2, 3, 4, TIME LENGTH
> 1,2,3,4 , TIMED 1,2,3. 4 films, totally 43min. )
> /"By using simple systems of counting and measuring in film, Iimura
> has drawn attention to the complexities of our time perception -
> memory, rhythm, phase - and the interaction between coucious
> conception of time, and the physical perception of its passing. " --/
> Malcolm Le Grice
> /"As the title suggests, Models defines the general concerns which
> characterize Iimura's nonphotographic films. The most important of
> these concerns is his exploration of the real space and time of film
> experience. "/ -- Scott MacDonald
> 1 TO 60 SECONDS (1973) 16mm, b&w, sound, 30-1/2 min.
> /"In 1 to 60 Seconds Iimura does an extraordinary thing: he abstracts
> time from any concrete associations, seems to put it on the screen and
> there you sit looking at (or for) it, experiencing it. The film is all
> black leader except for the numbers 1 to 60 that appear individually
> in sequence to indicate the amount of time in seconds that each of
> them followed one second letter by a number or numbers indicate the
> total amount of time that has thus far transpired. So at each juncture
> you know beforehand how much time awaits you before the next and how
> much is behind you, and then it's just you and the black screen. "/ --
> Paul Poggiali
> MA(Intervals) (1975/77) 16mm, color and b&w, sound, 22 min.
> /"MA, a Japanese concept of time/space as one is interpreted in the
> sense of intervals in film in which only the segments of light and
> darkness, and a white line and a black line all measured by 1,2,3
> seconds are seen and perceived."/ (T.I.)
> Above films are available from Filmmakers Coop, New York, and some are
> also from Lux, London and Light Cone, Paris. T.I.

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