Michael Snow

(Toronto, 1928)

Side Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film, 1970

16 mm, color, sound, 20 min.

ENG

In 1970 I had a large retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. For this exhibition I composed/designed a largely photographic book called \"A Survey.\" This was the first of several works which attempted to use previous work or the records of previous work as the material for new work. Starting with \'raw\' material that has already been formed by oneself on some other occasions for some other purposes is a very interesting thing. Side Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film....is a 20 minute sound film made in 1970 of the projecting and verbal (my voice) identification of slides (made at various times, by various people) of paintings in various media made by myself from 1955 to 1965. It is not autobiographical. The film is a recycling, a conversion which, by employing the illusion of temporal alteration which film and sound recording have made possible, becomes a completely new experience

Michael Snow

CAST

En Slide Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film,  se nos pone una película que consiste en una proyección de diapositivas de algunas de las primeras pinturas de Snow; para cada una de ellas la voz del artista aporta su ficha técnica. Es una película que conduce una reflexión sobre la alteración del tiempo que suponen tanto la reproducción  de una obra como su comentario retrospectivo veinte años más tarde. Destacan dos factores que refuerzan la idea de distorsión reiterativa: La cámara-espectador, que adopta un punto de vista completamente lateral respecto a la pantalla, haciendo que la percepción de las piezas sea siempre distorsionada. Por su parte, la voz del narrador se acelera y desacelera como aludiendo al aburrimiento del espectador.

Still from Side Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film