In casting a glance one artist pays tribute to another as James Benning offers his filmic paean to Robert Smithson's legendary 'earthwork' sculpture, the Spiral Jetty. With RR, his homage to the American railroad, the filmmaker brings an era to its close by going back to cinema's roots. Shot back-to-back over a period of two years, these works marked James Benning's farewell to analogue filmmaking and together constitute the profound 'last words' on the film medium by one of its most singular innovators. This 2-disc set presents both films together with rare audio interviews in which Benning recounts the experience of making his 'last' films and gives unique insight into his creative methods.
"Much of James Benning's recent work is characterized by the depiction of landscapes through the passage of time. In RR and casting a glance, produced simultaneously between 2005 and 2007, this approach is even more pointed: both films focus on landscape-altering figures. In the first instance it is the subject of trains, which trace the broad sweep of the American countryside; in the second it is Robert Smithson's famous 'Earthwork', Spiral Jetty, which assumes a central role in Benning's intricate study of time. In both cases, the 'protagonists' the train and the Jetty act as a kind of measuring device, laying bare not only a temporal becoming, but a myriad of historical and cultural connections as well." - Christian Holler
This double DVD contains:
casting a glance, 2007, 77 min
James Benning: Casting a Glance at casting a glance, 2012, 17 min
RR, 2007, 107 min
James Benning: RR - JB - QA, 2012, 19 min
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20 page bilingual German-English booklet with texts by Christian Holler and James Benning.
James Benning: Casting a Glance at casting a glance 2012, 17 min