Cinéma Metaphysique: Nos. 2, 3 and 4

Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut
1967-72, 8:39 min, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video

This early work belongs in the company of Paik and Yalkut's classic collaborative "video-films," including Video Tape Study No. 3, Beatles Electronique, and Missa of Zen. To the accompaniment of the abrupt sonic interjections of Fluxus-affiliated composer Takehisa Kosugi, Yalkut's black and white film records brief, masked actions: an arm with clenching fist; a pair of faces, visible only about the eyes, which squint, gaze, and rest; Paik eating a slice of bread. Reminiscent of Beckett's theater, as well as the minimal movements of 1960s avant-garde dance, Cinéma Metaphysique is a study in gesture and stillness, noise and silence.

Sound: Takehisa Kosuji's "Mono Dharma No. 8"; "The Way of the Eiheiji."

 
 

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This is a video transfer of a work initially shot on film. This is best shown as a projection, to reflect the original medium.
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