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Light Occupations

Gill Eatherley
1973/4
various lengths B/W & Colour 16mm
1/2 screen and live action

Light Occupations

The Light Occupation series, made between 1973- 4, were based on tasks and simple film as film related activities.

The title 'Light Occupations' is a reference to the double meanings of 'light', in the sense of 'simple', undemanding tasks as well as that of the projector beam. The live action piece 'Aperture Sweep' was often performed first in a show as it involved the 'light' task of cleaning the screen in preparation for projections. With a microphone attached to a broom the screen is 'swept' until it gradually becomes lighter and 'cleaner' and this 'work' is aided by a prefilmed silhouetted image of the artist sweeping. Other films in the series relate to simple tasks and explorations of the film-making apparatus such as the camera working as seen through a mirror, for example, the projector seen as a silhouette or two cameras working in close conversation with one another.

The series was developed from the workshop situation of Filmaktion, a week of expanded film events at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Early three minute film pieces entitled Clod Argument, Prunes and Prisms and Claws Out were first presented here, along with a mobile projection piece entitled Films for 4 Walls.

Light Occupations Series 1973-4

Aperture Sweep B/W SoundFilm and Live Action performance

Lens Hand Screen B/W Silent 3minsA single screen black and white film of the shadow of hands and lenses.

Projector Beam Screen 2 Screens B/W Silent 3 minsA double screen film of loops refilmed and refilmed of a projector and the shadow of the projector.

Lens Hand Foot 2 Screens B/W Silent 3 minsThe camera films the foot hovering over a collection of lenses on one screen and the hand examining the lenses on the other.

Hand and Sea Film B/W Silent 3 mins Single shot of the coast towards the horizon %E2%80%93 the hand directs the camera in front of the lens, pointing, placing, planning the action.

Lens and Mirror Film B/W Silent 3 mins

Dialogue 2 screens B/W Silent 10 mins Two cameras are used to explore the view from a window and then within a room, the camera operators closely follow and complement each other even frequently observing each other directly. The film traces the two cameras' attempts to imitate each other's action - thus making some of the subjective responses of camera handling more explicit. Malcolm Le Grice, 'Abstract Film and Beyond', MIT Press 1977, p133.

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