Re: Sharits and epilepsy

From: Jonathan Walley (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 08 2010 - 12:54:00 PST


Not a lot has been written about ESC, as far as I know. It regularly
gets mentioned, but not discussed in any detail. The best discussion I
know of is in the special Paul Sharits issue of Film Culture (#65/66,
1978). See pages 123-24 of that issue; though short, it goes into a
lot of detail about the mechanics of epilepsy and how the installation
was designed with these in mind.

Yvonne Spielmann discusses ESC for a few pages in an essay in this
collection (

A quick scan of the web reveals a few mentions of the piece in blogs,
but I can't speak to how detailed, accurate, or "good" they are (one
blog refers to it as a "video installation"). Other than these
references (and the short description of the piece on the Filmmakers'
Coop online catalog), there isn't anything else I can think of.

Federico Windhausen, at the California College of the Arts, has done a
lot of work on Sharits, and has access to some pretty obscure
resources. He may be able to shed further light on this subject. His
contact info can be found online.

Hope this helps.


Jonathan Walley
Asst. Professor of Cinema
Denison University
email suppressed

On Feb 8, 2010, at 3:10 PM, Chuck Kleinhans wrote:

> A colleague asked me:
>> I'm teaching my medicine seminar and I have a student interested in
>> the intersection of experimental film and photosensitive epilepsy.
>> He specifically asked me if I knew anything that has been written
>> about Sharits' Epileptic Seizure Comparison from the 1970s.
> Anybody out there know anything on the subject?
> Chuck Kleinhans
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