by Rose LOWDER
1979 / color / silent / 2S / 19' 00

The procedure of separating and extracting certain aspects of a scene by adjusting the focus of a series of frames in succession according to various organizational patterns is developed in Retour d'un repère in a particular way. While the filmic operations are structured in relation to a limited space (a branch over a 19c duck pond), the filmic process rests on a visual transformation of a pantoun, a verse form borrowed from literary rhetorics, which characteristically transforms itself gradually and continuously in a precise manner.

There are two versions of Retour d'un repère : a single print version and a version with two differently graded (timed) prints for simultaneous superimposed projection. The 2-screen version led to Retour d'un repère composé (Composed Recurrence).


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (double screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 61,00 €