The Structuralists

Date: 8 November 1998 | Season: Underground America

Sunday 8 November 1998, at 9:00pm
London Lux Centre

Structural Film became the dominant style of the avant-garde through the 1970s and these early works define the beginning of the movement. Using an apparently theoretical, conceptual and cold form, film-makers like George Landow and Michael Snow still managed to display humour in their work. Wavelength consists of one slow zoom across a New York loft space but plenty happens there to keep the viewer’s attention. George Landow continues to examine different ways of treating film and the late Hollis Frampton uniquely investigated cinematic processes. In Runaway, a few seconds of an old cartoon is manipulated into a tour-de-force of looping technique. Barry Gerson’s films are extremely formal works and Serene Velocity closes the season with a celebration of light and depth.

George Landow, Fleming Faloon, 1963-64, 7 min
George Landow, Film In Which There Appear Sprocket Holes, Edge Lettering, Dirt Particles Etc., 1965-66, 4 min
Michael Snow, Wavelength, 1967, 45 min
Hollis Frampton, Artificial Light, 1969, 25 min
Standish Lawder, Runaway, 1969, 6 min
Barry Gerson, Endurance/Remembrance/Metamorphosis, 1970, 12 min
Ernie Gehr, Serene Velocity, 1970, 23 min