Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The flattening of space in the classroom

For his first colour film, Il Deserto rosso, Antonioni abstracted reality. Effects trick the eye: the flattening of space by telephoto lenses; the strange scale, placement, and colour of objects; out of focus foregrounds and backgrounds. He implements a faster, sometimes disorienting, cutting style and emphasises the aural qualities of industry.

Although the faster cutting is missing in Sam Renseiw's latest video, the disorienting strange scale of flattening space might be present in the classroom. View it here or click on the character above (patafilm 136, 01'01'', 3.6 MB, mov/quicktime)