by Michael MAZIÈRE
1980 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 18' 00
A highly experimental film which uses a kaleidoscopic array of techniques to question the representation of space in film. The film can be read as an existential journey through interior spaces or as a phenomenological inquiry into the relationship between what is seen and the act of seeing. By using a multiplicity of camera movements, image superimpositions, sound dislocations, the film presents spaces in constant transition and consecutively in motion, never assuming a fixed form.
“UNTITLED explores two adjacent spaces; a room and the street outside as seen from the room. Through an exhaustive use of focus-pulls, dolly zooms, pans and superimposed zooms, Maziere draws out, with great clarity, the numerous ways of seeing these two spaces and their various interpretations. Sometimes the room is an interior world illuminated with light from the single window. At other times the room is a blackened void and the window a screen. At other moments the window permits a view out and we see the outside as a view from the window. Then we 'are' outside and the camera teases out the infinity of ways in which the space may be experienced. The camera manipulations successfully redefine the exterior space, reminding us that seeing is relative; since each sweep of the camera displaces its predecessor, the notion of a cardinal viewpoint is undermined. The relativism of the viewpoint is not to be confused with something apparently similar, namely the subjective expression of an individual's vision. The film sets up a system of elements; room, window, view out, exterior, camera, light, and darkness and sets these in motion. UNTITLED is a positive film. It stresses that seeing is a creative process, an act by which we construct and define ourselves in relation to our surroundings. The distinction between self and surroundings, observer and observed are blurred.”
– Nicky Hamlyn, ‘From Structuralism to Imagism’, Undercut n. 19
|distribution format||Digital file on server (HD)|
|screen||1,37 - Standard (single screen)|
|rental fee||72,00 €|