12.28.2007

We've Endured Quite A Bit.















Scott said...
Good blog. I haven't seen anyone mention the little trick pulled before IGW. This is what we've been waiting for. We've endured quite a bit to get here. I saw that tv show on MTV, and I thought, how, why? But it's starting to come together now.

L.M. said...
I assume by 'little trick' you mean the intertextual referencing of the Hanson Collective film? For those who don't know about this, Andrew Wilkes-Krier was for a short time associated with a group of Structural Materialist filmmakers commonly grouped together under the name Hanson, who represented a third wave of that influential movement in avant-garde film practice. Like all Structural Materialists their primary concerns were formal, seeking to draw audience attention to the fundamental elements of film (light, grain, duration etc.) their films tended to be 'difficult' in the best sense of that word. Wilkes-Krier's contribution to the Hanson filmography is 4 minutes and 42 seconds so exhausting that Micheal Snow's "Wavelength" (which for those who have not seen it, is comprised of a 42 minute incremental static camera zoom across an empty room while white noise increases in intensity on the soundtrack) seem like a Disney film by comparison
However, if it is another trick you are referring to, please explain, as I am sure there are many things I have missed in my discussion above!


Jim M said...
Your forgetting about the rumored to exist Wilkes-Kriers "Poltergeist" video, which is a 20min(?)short film shot on videotape(as everything in the Hanson Film Collective)shortly after the 4.42 piece. This early work supposedly has alot more interconnected meanings and symbolic actions in reference to the WHO KNOWS DVD. I personally believe that this film does exist, and until the Hanson Film Archive or Mr.Krier let these pieces of information slip out we will never know.


L.M. said...
Sadly the only extant copy of the "Poltergeist" video I am aware of is in Special Collections at the University of Michigan's Askwith Media Library. I have tried several times to make special requests for it through the inter-library loan system, but to no avail. Given the rarity of the piece, and it's reported subject matter, the library is understandably retiscent to lend it out.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Scott said...

Yes, yes, that's exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for expanding on this more.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Jim M said...

Your forgetting about the rumored to exist Wilkes-Kriers "Poltergeist" video, which is a 20min(?)short film shot on videotape(as everything in the Hanson Film Collective)shortly after the 4.42 piece. This early work supposedly has alot more interconnected meanings and symbolic actions in reference to the WHO KNOWS DVD. I personally believe that this film does exist, and until the Hanson Film Archive or Mr.Krier let these pieces of information slip out we will never know .

9:56 AM  

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