Two Generators

Rodney GrahamCanada4 minutes1984GColourNo Dialogue

Jul 15
Aug 19
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View Two Generators during the Two Generators preceded by In the Labyrinth event.

Rodney Graham's Two Generators calls attention to both the technological systems and labour involved in making a film and those used to present it in cinema. A four-minute film of a river at night is soundtracked by both the sound of the rushing water and that of the loud generators used to power the off-camera lights that illuminate the scene. The film is screened multiple times in succession, looped by the physical work of the projectionist who ensures that each (very short) screening includes the full cinematic experience: house lights go down, curtains open, the film is projected, curtains close, and house lights go up.

Two Generators de Rodney Graham attire l'attention sur les systèmes technologiques ainsi que sur les efforts que demandent le tournage d'un film et sa présentation dans un cinéma. Un film de quatre minutes d'une rivière, la nuit, est accompagné d'une trame sonore combinant le son de l'eau qui coule et celui des bruyantes génératrices qui alimentent les lumières hors champ éclairant la scène. Le film est projeté plusieurs fois successivement, l'effet de boucle étant créé physiquement par le projectionniste, qui s'assure que chaque (très brève) projection inclut toute l'expérience cinématographique : les lumières de la salle qui s'éteignent, les rideaux qui s'ouvrent, la projection du film, les rideaux qui se ferment, les lumières de la salle qui s'ouvrent à nouveau.

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