Amsterdam, Netherlands | 2004 | 12 | Super 8mm to 35mm

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Special Program - Found Sounds: A Retrospective of Barbara Meter's Avant-Garde Films
Screening Room - Michigan Theater Thu, Mar 28, 2019 7:00 PM
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Director:Barbara Meter


In Greek mythology, Ariadne, granddaughter of the sun, plays a significant role in labyrinths, mazes, and circumstances in which sacrifices and reparations need to be made. In Meter’s work, a woman’s hands lie on knitting wheels and vinyl records that turn just as restlessly as the artist’s film rewinders. Shot on Super 8mm film, reworked and blown up to 16mm with the optical printer, and enlarged to 35mm, the blurred, soft grain purposefully becomes an homage to the quality of cinema as both weaving craft and relentless labor of love. Looped sounds of horses, albatrosses, trains, ocean waves, and archival sounds of war planes roaming through the air alternate with the music of Schubert, Caldara, and Caccini.