Saturday, May 31, 2008

Subversive Cinema: Scott Bartlett's OffOn



In 1972, Scott Bartlett played with (new) video technology and then filmed it. The resulting piece, OffOn, is a film of psychedelic colorized rephotographed video loops. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation under the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

"OFFON is so striking a work, so obviously a landmark, that it has been acquired by virtually every major film art collection in America, from the Museum of Modern Art to the Smithsonian Institute." - Sheldon Renan, Curator, Pacific Film Archive

Unfortunatley, YouTube's low-quality compression destroys much of the brilliance of the film. A nice DVD version can be found on "Treasures From American Film Archives Encore Edition".

-Klax

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