Condition of Illusion - Peter Gidal

  • Re:Voir |
  • 1967-2013 |
  • 174 minutes |
  • COLOR/B&W |
Sale Format(s): DVD PAL

Special edition DVD with 11 films by Peter Gidal. Please choose the language of the text you prefer for the booklet.

The DVD brings together 11 films by Peter Gidal made between 1967 to 2013. It is accompanied by a unique 40 page booklet of texts about the filmmaker's work by Patricia L. Boyd, Stephen Heath and Chris Kennedy. The booklet is composed of transparent pages and was designed by Diana Vidrascu at RE:VOIR.

11 films by Peter Gidal
from 1967 to 2013

Clouds, 1967, 10 '
Focus, 1971 7 '
Upside Down Feature, 1967-1972, 62 '
Epilogue, 1968 9 '
Guilt, 1988 40 '
Flare Out 1992, 15 '
Assumption, 1997, 1'30
No night No day, 1997 14 '
Coda I, 2013, 2 '
Coda II, 2013, 2 '
Bonus: Room (Double Take), 1967 10 '

It's upside down, inside out, negative, reversed - as though Gidal had cranked all the navigational tools of his medium to their absolute zero, and, in so doing, groped his way towards a spot that's not on any map, some true, magnetic north of cinema itself. The viewer, held in this liminal space, this threshold, is by turns (or simultaneously) mesmerised, disoriented, captivated, frustrated and delighted. And we're not just talking about cinema here: Upside Down Feature is awash with radios performing Cage-like trawls across their dials; with typewriters; static cameras; even Man Ray's photos of the dust on Duchamp's Large Glass. The leitmotif of clocks (their faces, naturally, flipped) is fitting: what we're ultimately witnessing, perhaps, is a countdown, taking place on the far side of the screen, of all screens; the exhilarating spectacle of not just a medium but media tout court in a state of immanence, of almost-becoming.

-Tom McCarthy

Publisher: ReVoir


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