Magellan—Films by Hollis Frampton

Nov. 26 + 27 - 7:30 pm
$6 Suggested Donation
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny St

About This Screening

Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) is known for the broad and restless intelligence he brought to the films he made. In addition to being an important experimental filmmaker, he was also an accomplished photographer and writer, and in the 1970s made significant contributions to the emerging field of computer science. Magellan, Hollis Frampton's most ambitious and complex film project, is generally less recognized than his other work, and its invisibility is understandable. The spectator who approaches the unfinished Magellan confronts only fragments; the completed Magellan films comprise only about 8 out of the 36 hours planned. Moreover, Frampton intended Magellan to be a calendrical cycle, with specific films to be shown on each day of the year—properly viewed it would be 369 days long. Metaphorically modeled on Ferdinand Magellan's exploratory circumnavigation of the world, the project aspired to remarkable aesthetic, historiographic, and conceptual challenges to cinema and perception. —Robert Haller

Program Details

November 26 + 27
  • Noctiluca (Magellan's Toys)
    1974, 16mm, color, silent, 4 min.
  • Autumnal Equinox (Solariumagelani)
    1974, 16mm, color, silent, 27 min.
  • Otherwise Unexplained Fires
    1976, 16mm, color, silent, 14 min.
  • Mindfall Parts I & VI (Birth of Magellan)
    1980, 16mm, color, sound, 36 min.

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