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Visible Inventory Six: Motel Dissolve

Rental Format(s): 16mm film / Digital File

A space of time filled with moving ... the camera coolly surveys the interiors of motel rooms in which I stayed during semi-annual transcontinental auto trips. Superimposed over the screen image are the names of the towns in which the rooms are located and the car's odometer reading at each location. Otherwise, my homogenous accomodations lack locational cues. The sound track consists of two Gertrude Stein texts: American I Came and Here I Am and American Food and American Houses, both from 1935. The film counterpoints printed word, spoken text, and photographs giving the viewer the alternate options of reading, viewing and listening. Funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

This film is the subject of a 2022 scholarly book by German art writer Jordis Lau, entitled Appropriations of Literary Modernism in Media, published by De Gruyter.

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions:
Third Int'l Avant-Garde Film Festival, London
Women in the Arts Conference, Pittsburgh
Museum of Modern Art
Pacific Film Archive
Chinese Taipei Film Archive
Mill Valley Film Festival
San Francisco Cinémathèque
Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art (LAICA)
Millennium (NY)
Boston Film & Video Foundation
De Saisset Museum
Echo Park Film Center

Rental Fees

16mm film $60.00  
Digital File $60.00  

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