Zelluloid.
Cameraless Film.


Edited by Max Hollein, Esther Schlicht. Text by Yann Beauvais, Esther Schlicht, Marc Glöde, Heide Häusler.
Kerber, 2011. 192 pp., 224 color and 102 black & white illustrations, 6¾x9½".



Publisher's Description
Named after the material of film itself, Zelluloid focuses on a particular genre of artistic film in which no camera is used: instead, the image is generated directly by physically manipulating the filmstrip as if it were a canvas or projection screen. The artists and film-makers included here may paint, draw, scratch and collage directly onto celluloid, altering photographic chemicals or manipulating direct lighting of photo-sensitive media. Stan Brakhage's Mothlight (1963) may be the best known instance of cameraless film, and his work looms large over the genre. Housed in a tinted mylar dustjacket with die-cut lettering that itself evokes celluloid, Zelluloid features examples of cameraless works by Brakhage alongside films by Tony Conrad, Cécile Fontaine, Amy Granat, Hy Hirsch, Takahiko Iimura, Norman McLaren, Bärbel Neubauer, Len Lye, Luis Recoder, Jennifer Reeves, Dieter Roth, Schmelzdahin, José Antonio Sistiaga, Harry Smith, Aldo Tambellini and Jennifer West.

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