CHRONOMA

by Jean-Michel BOUHOURS
1977 / color / silent / 1S / 23' 00




Chronoma was conceived as a follow-up to Rythmes 76: its composition is still inspired by the repetitive processes of Steve Reich's music, with their gradual progression.

This time, we have a sequence of photographs taken with a motorized camera (a proto movie camera) in a circular movement around a high-voltage electric tower in northern Paris. The initial image is in itself a drawing of lines intersecting to form angles.
The sequence recomposes a clumsy but deliberate moving image effect, in the same vein as precursors of cinema as Etienne-Jules Marey's chronophotographs.
The cinema device recreates an almost fluid moving image from the photographic images, but this moving image is "truffled" with color planes on a black background, some kind of negatives of the photographic images, which disturb, create violent effects of light contrasts in fast rhythms: the famous flicker effect experienced by Brion Gysin's closed eyes with Ian Sommerville through the Dreammachine in 1962 but radicalized in cinema since Gil J Wolman, Peter Kubelka or Paul Sharits and from which subjects with epileptic seizures (neuronal rush) had to protect themselves. In the case of Chronoma, it is a question of grafting a moving image onto this "flicker", of synthesizing the continuous and discontinuous, the peaceful and the violent in order to achieve an increased awareness of visual phenomena.
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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 85,00 €

distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 85,00 €