Pat O'Neill
USA 1965, 1967
10 min

<![CDATA[<i>]]>7362<![CDATA[</i>]]> strucks as a sort of an anxious schizogenetic vision of a grave, new world. It contains only anonymous images, abstractions from photographed material. The uncertainty is compounded by printing the images mirrored across their own vertical axes. The patterns are varied by their motion´s being oriented toward the horizontal edges of the screen (like an oil pump) or the vertical edges of it (like a dancer). It is typical for O´Neill´s work to treat spatial perception as enigmas. The fact that the image has flopped, describing it as being split or schizoid but it is much more unified and that by turning the image over on itself and making it more symmetrical; eliminating space and perspective made it going off in one direction, tended to flatten the image. O´Neill made it sit right on the screen rather than being an illusion. Solarization, positive/negative bi-pack printing, all the things he did to flatten the image attempting to fuse all the bits and pieces and mechanical things to turn it unified. He is talking about energy and mindless force either being destructive or benevolent. The humanity interacting with its machines and finally becoming mechanized is also more or less explicitly sexual depending upon how someone wants to see it.

But as soon as the film is going too heavily symbolic in one direction he tempted to bring in other directions to sort of play it off against. <![CDATA[<i>]]>7362<![CDATA[</i>]]> is much more free associational really. It was made over a long period of time, for no reason other than the volume of commercial work and a lack of money at these days. Some of the film came from a piece of stock footage that he had found, which content interested and disturbed him at the same time. He deliberately set up and shot additional by taking a camera around with him all the time. It ended up a lot more sadistic than it was planned and left himself frightened after watching it several times after finishing it.

This film is part of the program <filmlink id=\"3008\">Filme von Pat O’Neil</filmlink>.

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Pat O’Neill

Canyon Cinema

16 mm
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