Burying Film

From: Ken Paul Rosenthal (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Oct 31 2009 - 13:29:54 PDT

Ben,Though I generally recommend unspooling the film entirely, I imagine burying it un-spooled would bare ripe possibilities. A student of mine once dipped a core-spooled 100-foot roll of 16mm briefly in acid, so the deterioration only occurred at the margins. The image resembled a fluctuating spine.In terms of time, as I mentioned in my initial posting, several days is often all the film needs, depending on the dampness of the host environment. Experiment with a 12-inch strip first.The practice of conscious accidents in art is long and varied across multiple mediums. An excellent voluminous, beautifully illustrated book is: 'All Messed Up: Unpredictable Graphics' by Ann Gerber out of the UK. Her introductory essay alone is worth the price of the publication.(Includes great film strip reproductions from 'Blackbirds' by.....ME!)Ken
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