Filmoteka Muzeum

Window was one of Ryszard Waśko's important early films. In this project, the artist addressed several issues that were to recur in his later work. The film consists of one eleven-minute-long static shot showing a window filmed from the inside. This perspective allows the viewer to observe what is happening outside the window, in the courtyard and on the street. Waśko ironically alludes here to the definition of film as "a window to reality" or "window on the world". The static, rectangular window frame through which we observe the "images of reality" becomes a tautology for the film frame of this very film. The situation that emerges allows the viewer to become conscious of the act of watching, to watch themselves watching. The soundtrack of the film consists of sounds made by the artist off-screen (he manipulates a playing radio and "performs" on various objects).

Quoted from: Łukasz Ronduda, Polish Art of the 70s. Avant-garde, Warsaw 2009.

Year: 1971
Duration: 8'28''
Language: Polish (english subtitles)
Source: 35 mm

© Ryszard Waśko

Acquisition date: Dec 2, 2011
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit