Film → technology → drama

23 April 2012

I saw this brief, remarkable art piece — Christian Marclay’s short film Telephones — in a museum exhibit not long after its creation in 1995. It stuck in my head for years afterward, making me all the more excited to find it again on YouTube.

No one has ever made it so clear how the technology of telephones — and the spaces of telephones — work to forward the drama of films. And how different (disappointing/ difficult) everything became when computers became the technology that might advance the story. Oh, telephones.

Just think what Marclay will do with his new film, The Clock (2010), a 24-hour long art piece/computer program calibrated to coincide with the actual time at which the viewer watches it. There’s a terrific article about this in a recent issue of The New Yorker. I can hardly wait.

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5 Responses to “Film → technology → drama”

  1. servetus Says:

    maybe that’s why I hate phones so much. The drama.

    • Didion Says:

      …and because you never know when that devious Ray Milland will pop out from behind the curtains and try to strangle you.

      I just love the way these clips show all those times when the phone rang and the characters stare at it, anticipating the drama. Fantastic.

  2. Dienna Says:

    This is neat! It’s cool how he melded all these random clips together to flow so seamlessly.

    1:50 mark of the clock video was “The Avengers.” Sweet!


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