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Soft Edge

William Raban
1973
5mins Black & White 16mm

Soft Edge

A spring driven camera with a close focus lens traces very slowly around the shape of a girl lying naked on a blanket. A microphone taped to the camera records the whirr of the camera whilst film is being exposed. At the end of each thirty-second camera run, the microphone continues recording (the sound of re-winding the camera motor, conversation, etc.) The sound is continuous and film intermittent. On projection, the film lasts the six minutes that it took to expose just two and three quarter minutes of film in the camera. W.R.

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