James Cagle

Matrix (1973) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

MATRIX is a flicker film which utilizes 81 still photographs of my wife's head. It is a film dependent upon variation of intense light changes by calculated combinations of black and white frame alternations with exposure changes. Throughout, the light intensity rises and falls as the head rotates in varying directions within a 360 degree frontal area. "An interesting, and surprising less hypnotic than WATERWORK, "flicker" film, most strongly reminiscent of the work of Paul Sharits, in its use of the still photograph as basic image-material. The singular shot/image is of a woman, expressionless, white face/black dress, head and shoulders, looking into camera (still photograph). Variations: woman seen with head turned down at various angles, left and right; with head and neck at various angles up and down. These photographs "animated" in one section, by rapid cutting, to parody spatial "articulation" as used in movie-convention, by means of the off-screen "look." Time-composition via interruptive flash-frames of white (mostly) and black frames, in various rhythmic patterns, coupled with overexposure -- working for me as time-composition in some moments, not in others. The overall time-form not found, but an energetic search, which I do hope will continue, and continue." -- John Schofill

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