Re: Perfect Films

From: Myron Ort (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2008 - 15:18:32 PDT

What is the definition of a "ready made" film? I would think it
would be the screening of found footage as is (unedited) such that
the "art context" of the screening would somehow transform the
perception of it compared to its original context. Then again, I
could imagine Duchamp not agreeing with that. What about Morgan
Fisher's notion that a concept for a film which inherently contains
all the prescriptions for its making would be a "ready made"? Is
yesterday's newsreel now a ready made? Is yesterday's anything film a
ready made or does it simply remain the film it originally was? why
or why not? Is any footage taken from nature unedited a ready made?
Why would we want to watch a ready made? Questions seem to spring up.
Footage not originally intended to be a motion picture film might be
a candidate for a ready made...and why did I decide not to bid on
those film strips.. darn....was that anyone here that did?
Myron Ort

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