Seated Figures

Seated Figures

16mm, color, sound, 40 min
"In SEATED FIGURES ... Michael Snow again explores the ground zero of motion pictures – this time literally. Most simply described, the film ... is a 40-minute consideration of a landscape from the ...
Rental format: 16mm $90.00

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"In SEATED FIGURES ... Michael Snow again explores the ground zero of motion pictures – this time literally. Most simply described, the film ... is a 40-minute consideration of a landscape from the perspective of an exhaust pipe. The artist appears to have bolted his camera, lens down, to a metal arm extending off the back of a truck ... then driven over asphalt and dirt roads, out to the beach, along a riverbed, and through a field of daisies. Although hypnotic, the movement is not continuous. The vehicle stops, reverses direction, then accelerates to produce a diagonally striated forcefield. "For all his conceptual sophistication, Snow subscribes to a casual, all-encompassing Cage aesthetic. He's deceptively artless, a master of the visual deadpan. While trafficking in geological abstraction, he arrests the film's frantic motion, freezing some blurry onrush or a frame of flowing water. A soundtrack of coughs, yawns, and humming projector creates a further displacement. The images are distanced - accompanied by the muffled noises of an audience watching a movie. Hence the mysteriously inert title. SEATED FIGURES is about its audience. Not only are we sent flying face down over the earth, but Snow reverses the oldest concept in image-making – he juxtaposes our seated, static figures against a constantly moving ground." – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Films

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    See You Later/Au Revoir
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