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Condition of Illusion Condition of Illusion

Peter Gidal Peter Gidal
£22.99

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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

This DVD contains:

Clouds, 1967, 10 min
Focus, 1971 7 min
Upside Down Feature, 1967-1972, 62 min
Epilogue, 1968 9 min
Guilt, 1988 40 min
Flare Out 1992, 15 min
Assumption, 1997, 1 min 30 sec
No night No day, 1997 14 min
Coda I, 2013, 2 min
Coda II, 2013, 2 min


Bonus MAterial:

Room (Double Take), 1967 10 min

 

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

This DVD contains:

Clouds, 1967, 10 min
Focus, 1971 7 min
Upside Down Feature, 1967-1972, 62 min
Epilogue, 1968 9 min
Guilt, 1988 40 min
Flare Out 1992, 15 min
Assumption, 1997, 1 min 30 sec
No night No day, 1997 14 min
Coda I, 2013, 2 min
Coda II, 2013, 2 min


Bonus MAterial:

Room (Double Take), 1967 10 min

 

Extras

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.

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SKU 3493551101307
Year 1969-2013 (DVD 2016)
Director Gidal, Peter
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Re:Voir
Countries UK
Colour Colour + B&W
Sound Sound
Language(s) English
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a

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