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andlt;Pandgt;In 1966, at the height of minimal art in New York, artist Michael Snow chose not to make another object to be placed in a room but instead spent a year planning a film of a room: Wavelength, a forty-five-minute more or less straight-line zoom from the near to the far wall of a loft space, accompanied by a rising sine wave. In this illustrated study, Elizabeth Legge describes Wavelength as a film of virtuosically managed tensions, sensuous beauty, subtle light and color, and recession into perspectival depth. At the same time, she points out, it is also austere: the loft space where the action unfolds could be the last clerical outpost of a defunct business. The zoom is punctuated by what Snow laconically called andquot;4 human eventsandquot;: a woman directs two men who carry in a bookcase and place it against the left wall of the room; two women come in and listen to the Beatles' andquot;Strawberry Fieldsandquot; on the radio; a man briefly appears after protracted crashing and glass-breaking noises, wheels around, and drops dead; a young woman comes into the room and makes a frightened telephone call reporting the dead man (andquot;And he doesn't look drunk, he looks dead.andquot;). Wavelength won the grand prize for experimental film at Knokke-le-Zoute in 1967, and it was crucial to critics' efforts to establish a vocabulary for temporal art. It was a andquot;wavelengthandquot; that could stand up to the French new wave, and it has has functioned ever since as a touchstone for art and film studies, and as a blue screen in front of which a range of ideological and intellectual dramas have been played.andlt;/Pandgt;

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andlt;Pandgt;An illustrated study of Michael Snow's andquot;zoom film,andquot; which has become a touchstone for art and film studies.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

In 1966, at the height of minimal art in New York, artist Michael Snow chose not to make another object to be placed in a room but instead spent a year planning a film of a room:

Synopsis:

An illustrated study of Michael Snow's "zoom film," which has become a touchstone for art and film studies.

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In 1966, at the height of minimal art in New York, artist Michael Snow chose not to make another object to be placed in a room but instead spent a year planning a film of a room: Wavelength, a forty-five-minute more or less straight-line zoom from the near to the far wall of a loft space, accompanied by a rising sine wave. In this illustrated study, Elizabeth Legge describes Wavelength as a film of virtuosically managed tensions, sensuous beauty, subtle light and color, and recession into perspectival depth. At the same time, she points out, it is also austere: the loft space where the action unfolds could be the last clerical outpost of a defunct business. The zoom is punctuated by what Snow laconically called "4 human events": a woman directs two men who carry in a bookcase and place it against the left wall of the room; two women come in and listen to the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields" on the radio; a man briefly appears after protracted crashing and glass-breaking noises, wheels around, and drops dead; a young woman comes into the room and makes a frightened telephone call reporting the dead man ("And he doesn't look drunk, he looks dead."). Wavelength won the grand prize for experimental film at Knokke-le-Zoute in 1967, and it was crucial to critics' efforts to establish a vocabulary for temporal art. It was a "wavelength" that could stand up to the French new wave, and it has has functioned ever since as a touchstone for art and film studies, and as a blue screen in front of which a range of ideological and intellectual dramas have been played.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846380563
Author:
Legge, Elizabeth
Publisher:
MIT
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Film & Video
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
AFTERALL Michael Snow
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color illus.
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;An illustrated study of Michael Snow's andquot;zoom film,andquot; which has become a touchstone for art and film studies.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , In 1966, at the height of minimal art in New York, artist Michael Snow chose not to make another object to be placed in a room but instead spent a year planning a film of a room:
"Synopsis" by , An illustrated study of Michael Snow's "zoom film," which has become a touchstone for art and film studies.
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