Filmoteka Muzeum

This non-camera piece was made by puncturing several dozen holes in overexposed motion picture film. When projected, the film ‘lets through’ the (natural) powerful light of the cinematic projector which ‘attacks’ the viewer (‘recording itself’ on his retina). Triggering off the after-image phenomenon in this ‘twinkling’ film, the artist studies the physiological dimension of the film viewing process.

Moreover, the Test initiates a series of material relations by ‘revealing’ the shaft of ‘pure white light’ emitted by the project and by pointing to film solely as a ‘physical object inside the projector.’ It should be noted that the iconoclastic non-camera works by Robakowski are more radical than any other Workshop of Film Form works in transcending the representativeness, illusiveness and narrativeness of traditional film.

Year: 1971
Duration: 5\'44\"
Language: no language
Source: 35 mm

© Józef Robakowski

Acquisition date: Jun 12, 2012
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit