Super-8 Shorts

1974, 14:50 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video
1974, 3:26 min, color, silent
1974, 6:32 min, color, silent
1974, 3:37 min, color, silent

In these three short, early Super-8 films, Rosler reflects on the relationship between labor and leisure. Set in the arch-American "home movie" context of a sunny suburban yard, Backyard Economy I and II document the mundane activities of a woman going about her domestic chores. Quietly depicting this figure in the tasks of mowing and watering the grass, hanging laundry to dry, and keeping her son company, Rosler points up the labor that allows leisure, and interrogates the "economy" that creates her role. In the film Flower Fields, Rosler creates a color field painting from the vivid flower-growing fields along Highway 5 in California, which provide a living for the many, most undocumented, workers in the area.


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