Surfacing on the Thames

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

Credits: David Rimmer.

"SURFACING is a brilliant film which, in its way, belongs in the same class as Snow's WAVELENGTH. I've never seen anything like it. Rimmer rear-projected a ten-second sequence of old World War II footage showing two ships passing on the Thames. He rear-projected each frame, filmed it for several seconds, then lap-dissolved to the next frame, filmed it for several seconds, etc. The result is a mind-blowing film of invisible motion. The ships pass one another like the hands of a clock, without apparent motion.

"SURFACING ON THE THAMES is the ultimate metaphysical movie, the ultimate post-minimal movie, one of the really great constructivist films since WAVELENGTH. It confronts empirically the illusions of space and time in the Cinema and, in my estimation, is at least as important as WAVELENGTH as a statement on the illusionistic nature of cinematic motion." - Gene Youngblood, ArtsCanada magazine

Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

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16mm film $35.00  

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