Re: [Frameworks] found footage structural films

From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 12 2010 - 15:57:39 PDT

Perhaps an alternative to 'structural' as a rubric would be
'algorithmic' or something along those lines. I take it your idea is
to leave aside found footage work composed by conventional aesthetic
editing choices, and focus on found footage work where the editing is
governed by a more of less fixed pattern or set of rules.

A prime example of this would be Ken Jacob's 'The Doctor's Dream' (a
TV narrartive reordered inside-out). Also Anne McGuire's 'Strain
Andromeda The' (the Hollywood movie with the shots in inverse oprder).
I'm sure there are more, though none hop immediately to mind.

Also, Albert, I think you should check out Barbara Lattanzi's work.
  She does video performances that apply 'structural film'
manipulations to found footage streams in real time, within which she
controls and manipulates various parameters of the rules sets.

Between the purely algorithmic found footage work, and the more
conventionally 'authored' (e.g. 'Cosmic Ray', 'Can Dialectics Break
Bricks' etc.) are a mid-ground of films that employ certain
'structural' principles for segments in a longer work, or as a larger
framing strategy within which other non-rule-governed choices are
made. An example of the first would be 'Report' which has long
sections of structured loops as well as more typical Connerian
montage. An example of the second would be 'Rose Hobart' in which
(almost) all of the footage from the original not containing Ms.
Hobart's image is discarded (a sort of structural principle), but what
remains is reordered by non-algorithmic editing choices. Whether you
would want to include such works in your study would, I think,
strictly be a matter of whether they help illuminate whatever ideas
you are trying to put forward or not.

On Sep 12, 2010, at 5:09 PM, albert alcoz wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm writing a dissertation about experimental cinema
> and I have been doing a research about structural films that uses
> found footage.
> Some of the films i have found are:
> Eureka by Ernie Gehr, Tom Tom the Piper's Son by Ken Jacobs and
> Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper by David Rimer.
> Can someone add some other films?
> Is it right to talk about them as "found footage structural films"?
> Does it make any sense?
> Thanks,
> Albert Alcoz
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