Michael Snow’s Wavelength consists of a 45-minute cinematic exploration of a loft, which starts with a long shot that shows the whole space and ends with a close shot of a photo on the wall between two windows. This optical trajectory is accompanied by a gradually changing electronic sound signal that also marks the passage of time. Small events – the moving of a closet, a telephone call – evoke a murder mystery.
Wavelength is exemplary of the Structural Cinema and the way it uses architecture to indicate the stability of the image and the passing of time and light. These aspects also play a role in Concrete & Samples by Aglaia Konrad, a series of films on organic and brutalistic architecture from the 1960s and 1970s. In Blockhaus (2009), Konrad’s camera explores the monolithic bunker-like structure of the church of St.Bernadette-du-Banlay built by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in Nevers.
Program: Steven Jacobs