Light Field

San Francisco / December 2018

 

Program 8 - Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @ 8:30pm
Sutro Baths cave (Point Lobos Ave, SF, CA)
Total running time: 40 minutes

   Conical Solid    Anthony McCall   1974 / 10 minutes / UK / 16mm / silent      Line Describing a Cone    Anthony McCall  1973 / 30 minutes / UK / 16mm / silent   Line Describing a Cone  is what I term a solid light film. It is dealing with the projected light-beam itself, rather than treating the light-beam as a mere carrier of coded information, which is decoded when it strikes a flat surface (the screen).  The film exists only in the present: the moment of projection. It refers to nothing beyond this real time.  The form of attention required on the part of the viewer is unprecedented. No longer is one viewing position as good as any other. For this film every viewing position presents a different aspect. The viewer therefore has a participatory role in apprehending the event: he or she can -- indeed needs to move around, relative to the emerging light-form. -AM

Conical Solid
Anthony McCall
1974 / 10 minutes / UK / 16mm / silent


Line Describing a Cone
Anthony McCall
1973 / 30 minutes / UK / 16mm / silent

Line Describing a Cone is what I term a solid light film. It is dealing with the projected light-beam itself, rather than treating the light-beam as a mere carrier of coded information, which is decoded when it strikes a flat surface (the screen).

The film exists only in the present: the moment of projection. It refers to nothing beyond this real time.

The form of attention required on the part of the viewer is unprecedented. No longer is one viewing position as good as any other. For this film every viewing position presents a different aspect. The viewer therefore has a participatory role in apprehending the event: he or she can -- indeed needs to move around, relative to the emerging light-form.
-AM