Flicker Films

Date: 7 November 1998 | Season: Underground America

Saturday 7 November 1998, at 9:00pm
London Lux Centre

Not for the faint hearted – two hours of apparently empty frames! Unknown to the American artists, the Austrian film-maker Peter Kubelka developed his imageless portrait Arnulf Rainer in 1960. Five years later in New York composer Tony Conrad, artist Paul Sharits and theorist Victor Grauer each conceived their own flicker style by combining black and white, or colour, frames in rapid succession to give a strobe effect. Whilst these films can provide for enlightening viewing, members of the audience should be aware of their ability to induce epileptic seizures in susceptible people.

Peter Kubelka, Arnulf Rainer, 1960, 6 min
Victor Grauer, Angel Eyes, 1965, 10 min
Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 1965, 30 min
Paul Sharits, Ray Gun Virus, 1966, 14 min
Victor Grauer, Archangel, 1966, 10 min
Tony Conrad, The Eye of Count Flickerstein, 1966/75, 7 min
Paul Sharits, N:O:T:H:I:N:G, 1968, 36 min
Tony Conrad, Straight & Narrow, 1970, 10 min

WARNING: If you suffer from photogenic migraine or epilepsy you are not advised to attend this screening – as with stroboscopic lights, flicker films have been known to cause seizures or headaches for susceptible people. The intensity of the light from the screen, or the rate of flicker, cannot damage the eye but may possibly lead to discomfort or nausea. As a member of the audience, you are advised to proceed with caution, and to step outside into the foyer if you sense any ill affect.