Upside Down Feature

by Gidal, Peter

Film: 16mm 1972


(Also called: Upside Down Backward Negative Out-take feature, Mainly) Clarification attempt. Bending time + space, reconceptualization, unbending, dissociativeness of word and image, disconnection, interruption. Hopefully transformative 'use' of Proust, Duchamp, Beckett, Cage. How it is what it is.(1972). UDF explored the problem of simultaneous function of two distinct language forms which draws attention to the fallacy of assuming that communication occurs during the process of sympathetic involvement common to the technique of the commercial movie. It does this by keeping before the viewer what is being communicated and how, rarely if ever allowing a "standard" representation or reference to reality." - After-Image 4 (1973). "I would love this film to be seen more now. The questions it raises and provokes, and the viewing it demands, is relevant to much current aesthetic practice."-P.G. 1987.


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