Stephen Cornford

  Solipsism Cinema (2013)  


The subject of this double 16mm projection is the mechanics and optics of the projector itself. Filmed during a Sound and Music funded residency at film lab, the work searches for an optical form of feedback, closing the distance between camera and projector by pointing their lenses at one another. Through this self-reflexive relationship the opto-mechanical apparatus of cinema becomes visible: the bulb, framed in the gate, is caused to flicker by the interaction of the two shutters. In performance the projector (re)produces its own image on the screen in front of us, the gaze of the audience is met only by the gaze of the machine looking back at them.

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