Structural/Materialist Film and Paracinema
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Where did structural materialist film come from?
Conditions for making cheap film changed after WW2 – anyone could
make film at a low cost (16 mm)
Newsreels (short films briefing the public on current events) during WW2 =
quick, cheap, disposable film
After the war when there were less newsreels and all the technology that
had been invented to produce the newsreels went on sale second hand
For the first time individuals own the means of production
Artist co-ops bought the technology and shared it together. This created
Artists from other mediums (non-specialists) begin using film because it
was cheap and interesting to explore with.
Self-aware of film and its materials. (Screen, camera, projector, spectator,
movement, light) and emphasizes the aspects of film that Hollywood
worked to make spectators forget.
Subject matter: cinema that solicits the faux-paux of Hollywood (boredom,
Ex. Tony Conrad, The Flicker (1965) is made up of only white and black
alternated frames. It draws attention to the film frames themselves and
forces the spectator to think about the illusion that the film frames moving
through the shutter create in films.
“Structural” – a set of theories that emphasized the laws, codes, rules,
formulas, and conventions that structure systems of meaning.
The structure of film involves not content but FORM (materi