Oberlin College and Conservatory

Cinema Artists' Cinema 16mm Film Series: Abstract Cinema: Color and Light

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Clarence Ward ’37 Art Building, 103
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The first program highlights two major figures in the development of artists’ cinema, particularly those investigated in exploring the abstract limits of celluloid-based images in motion.

Fischinger’s handmade abstract work (maintained and archived by the Center for Visual Music) may be foundational for animators, but the rich colors and textures show a dedication to visual form as it shines on celluloid.

Meanwhile, Tony Conrads The Flicker is a foundational work of so-called structural film with much broader applications and implications than it seems. A 30-minute extravaganza of alternating black-and-white frames, The Flicker shows nothing and everything all at once. A night of what a critics have called "visual LSD"!

(Warning: The Flicker features a strong strobe effect and may trigger seizures for persons with photosensitive epilepsy). 

Featured Films Include:

Oskar Fischinger, Wax Experiments, 8 minutes
Oskar Fischinger, Composition in Blue, 4 minutes

Oskar Fischinger, Study No. 8, 4 minutes
Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 30 minutes


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Films & Screenings, Arts


Academic, Art, Cinema Studies


Free to the public

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James Hansen

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