FILM STENOPEICO

by Paolo GIOLI
1974-1989 / 16mm / coul-n&b / sil / 13' 06

This film, as the Vertovian title indicates, was made without a movie camera,
more precisely with a device custom made to restore to images freedom from
optics and mechanics. The act of substituting my device for a traditional
movie camera is part of a project I have continued from that moment on towards
weaning myself from a consumer technology, a toxin to pure creativity.
This strange movie camera is a simple hollow metal tube, one centimeter thick,
two centimeters wide, and a little more than a meter long. At the ends, two reels
hold 16mm film. Film is pulled through manually causing alternations of time
and space. The images enter simultaneously through 150 holes distributed along
one side in proximity to each frame, that come to make up 150 tiny pinhole
camera obscuras, also called stenopeic from the Greek stenos = narrow and
from the stem op- from orào = to see. These tiny holes, when placed, for example,
in front of a standing human figure, can explore it in its verticality but without any
movement, which is appropriate since each hole will take in a single point, the
detail in front of which the hole lies. One of the most obvious results will be to find
oneself confronted precisely with a movement of the camera that never happened;
somewhat magical pneumatic flutterings running longitudinally and transversally
along a face and body reconstructed through 150 image points.

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distribution format 16mm
1 reel (165 meters)
original format 16mm
speed 18 ips
screen 1,37 - standard
sound sil
translation no
rental fee 71,00 €
distribution format 16mm
1 reel
original format 16mm
speed 18 ips
screen 1,37 - standard
sound sil
translation no
rental fee 71,00 €