Peter Gidal

Condition of Illusion (1975) 16mm, color, 32.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"What I want to stop is the error of making everything into narrative, a definition of narrative in such a way that it becomes unhelpful. Maybe you can have narrativization without narrative. CONDITION OF ILLUSION plays on the identifying or shifting from the terms of identifying of the relations between the spectator and the photographic image. There is a constantly slipping horizon of identification at the level of the photographic that's being moved through that film and ROOM FILM 1973. There is the problem of identifying the relation between the object and the reflection of the object, the problem of reading the photographic image. You've got this problem watching the film, during the viewing. In CONDITION OF ILLUSION you are in relation to the photographic image, but that relation is a constant slipping of the identifying relation which is the basis of the classic film... what is not achieved is the kind of stabilization of reproduction into the terms of a representation...." --interview by Stephen Heath, Cambridge Tapes (March, 1977) & Wide Angle, Vol. 2 No. 3 (May, 1978).

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