Black and Light

Produced in 1974, through a diverted use of computer equipment, at the dawn of the era of digital pictures.
7’48’’ sound
Abstract Film Grand Prix, Montpellier 1974.
‘Diplôme d’excellence’ at the 5th International 16mm Film Festival, Montreal 1975.

Pictures and sound are produced without any film equipment but through the diverted use of computer equipment dating back from the early 60s. In its original version, this film is probably the only one in cinema history to be in absolute black and white. Absolute black is achieved through the use of a 100% opaque tape (diverted use of 16 mm magnetic tape or exposed very high contrast film). Absolute white is obtained by perforating the tape (thus allowing 100% of available light to pass through).
In fact, originally, no copy was made in a movie-lab. Each release was a unique computer-generated output, slightly different from the previous one because of a slender random shift that took place during the perforation of the 16 mm film. Six (?) original releases had been initially generated, of which only three or four remain.

The film has been shown via three different media:
– screening in theatres
– vertical projection in a fog box exhibiting the movement of the beams ¹
– as a “cinégraphic-frame” also called “structure”.
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¹ device created as part of an “installation” at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, January 10 to 21, 1979


black-and-lightCINEGRAPHIC FRAME
The ”cinegraphic frame” shows the cinegraphic temporal evolution, interpreted in two dimensions.

[full] : film surface, mesuring approx. 174 cm x 73 cm.
[extract] (planned) : perforated original on a backlit frame. Each piece will be unique, and shall include an extract from an original output from 1974/75.

Produced on order only, the cinegraphic frames from Black and Light are made from the perforated originals dating from 1974/75 and are particularly rare as the production technique is no more available and only few original rolls remain. The “extract-frames” will be unique pieces (the same extract will not be reproduced in an other “extract-frame”).