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Cycles #3

Guy Sherwin
2003 (1972)
c.9 mins b/w & colour Optical sound 16 mm
projector performance for 2x16mm projectors with optical soundtracks

Cycles #3

This is a live projection event for two 16mm projectors and two loudspeakers. The material used in Cycles (1972/77) is recycled for two screens and two soundtracks, with one tinted screen set inside a second b/w screen. This combination gives rise to a surprising range of induced colours and afterimages, as well as complex cross-rhythms in the soundtrack. The projector performance includes subtle shifts of focus with changes in volume and tone.

G.S.

"Cycles #3 (1972/2003) almost blasted a hole in the brick wall on which it was projected. This was a twin-projector version (superimposed images, one through an amber gel) of a film made in 1972 without using a camera: holes were punched into a length of clear film and paper dots stuck onto it, including onto the optical sound edge of the stock thereby producing a percussive sound. In projection, the sizes of the slightly out of register dots from the two projectors were manipulated by the filmmaker. The pulsating centre of the screen sometimes appeared as a dazzling void, sometimes as a ghostly surface".

Penny Webb reporting in Senses of Cinema 2009 on Intermission, expanded cinema at Melbourne International Film Festival 2008

"A white circle of light pulsates against a backdrop of varying greyscale, to a rhythmic engine-like hum. The whole experience is perceptual - the circle is in fact a white dot placed directly onto the film, the distance between each frame gradually decreasing and optically merging thanks to the 12 fps mind process-rate".
(anon internet review)

G.S.

Video documentation of a performance of Cycles #3 at La Sala Rossa Montreal 2006 can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5dPjmmp0uk&feature=channel_page

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