Blind light (2007)

Pucill, Sarah (2007) Blind light (2007). In: Millenium Film Workshop, 01 Dec 2007, 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003.

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A 20 minute 16mm film which explores the materiality of film and the body. ‘Blind Light’ is a film exploring the materiality of film and the body. The film experiments with light and narration, bringing voice to our relationship with light, film and spectatorship. It is an example of Pucill’s longstanding – and ongoing - engagement with the relationship between the subjective, the autobiographic, and the form, process and materiality of the medium of film. It is filmed in the artist’s London loft studio. From within this space Pucill produces images by controlling the light she allows into the frame. She lifts the blinds or pulls them shut, applies filters to the lens or removes them, opens wide the aperture or closes it. Each performance, each action threatens the image as it shifts in and out of ‘proper’ exposure until it disappears completely. The camera throughout is set to face a window, focusing either on it or on the sky. The artist narrates her camera operation while referencing a state of being, or describing what it is like to see what she and the viewer are seeing. ‘I can’t look’, she says ‘the clouds are coming in’, ‘there’s been no rain for weeks’, ‘the eye burns, swells, looses focus and disappears in a stream’. Blind Light is a single screen film for cinema and gallery, shown from a projector or DVD. Funded by AHRC (£20,000) and ACE (£5000). It is distributed by Lux, BFI, and distributors in Paris, Toronto and USA.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:Premiered here in context of Sarah Pucill retrospective.
Research Community:University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design, School of
ID Code:4776
Deposited On:07 May 2008 13:17
Last Modified:01 Jun 2011 15:49

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