Sunday, March 14, 2010

"You could always have an ocean ending(Yvonne Rainer)"

Last weekend I (re)visited those: Yvonne Rainer, A Film about a Woman Who..., Vito Acconci, Conversions, Undertone, and Pipilotti Rist's videos. The last words in Rainer's film, "You could always have ocean ending" may work to maintain the distance between the viewer and what the viewer sees, when the tone of the film has become to some extent sentimental in the end. This is a film about a woman who is "at sea," after all. What interests me is the tension between this attempt not to let the audience emphasize the character and the strong emotion that erupts as words of expression of bare emotion, and the operation: composition of the images, framing, placing, and the sound.

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