CATALOG is a composition of stillness. An inversion of the spectacle. Actors are posed, recreating various photographs in surroundings unfrozen. The soundtrack is a dense tale of spaces. A photograph more mutable than an image should be.
Collection of Computer Graphic effects.
The title of this fast paced experimental film presumably refers to the American counterculture catalog published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972. The film quickly edits and overlaps scenes from various rural and urban landscapes, creating a strong postcard "wish you were here" feeling. Exact Date of production is unknown.
1977 short featuring Shuji Terayama
A woman drifts back to childhood memories of rural Texas where her discovery of the jawbone of a horse in a field leads to a fascination with, in her own words, "dead things." Her natural history collection of insects and bones takes on a supernatural quality when she finds the corpse of a strange creature that she believes must be a faery. Using still photographs, found objects and unsettling creations that briefly come to life via stop-motion animation (which evokes the work of the Brothers Quay and gives them an even more unreal presence), filmmaker David Lowery tells a phantasmagorical story, part fantastical mystery and part nightmare, as a primal memory. A CATALOG OF ANTICIPATIONS weaves imagination and experience into a haunting tale recalled in snapshots of recollection, a dark fantasy with a tactile texture that grounds it in the physical world and narration that frames it as a coming-of-age moment. - Sean Axmaker
Dana Berman Duff uses black-and-white 16mm to heighten the staged romanticism of a commercial catalogue's dreamily desaturated photos of designer furniture knock-offs.
Lawmakers and activists with conflicting ideologies speak about the complexities of Catalonia's politics and the fight for its independence from Spain.
Catalogue is a series of 16mm films and videos that consider the time it takes to look at desirable objects, in this case, the objects for sale in a mainstream furniture catalogue of knockoff designs. Catalogue Vol. 4 takes the “Lighting” catalogue as its subject and uses a pulse of electronic sound and light to rep- resent each fixture, shot in the order that they were found in the original catalogue. The intervals of black were derived by a matter of taste: items that the filmmaker found less appealing were excised from the sequence.
Catalogue Vol. 6 was shot using a furniture catalogue while audio clips from a horror movie that mention the word “house” or names of rooms, or parts of the house, such as “upstairs,” played in the studio so that each shot acquired a random soundtrack. The lm clips were then organized as a “tour” through the rooms of a house: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, bath, ending at the bedroom.
Excerpts from a collection of 9.5mm films dating from 1900 to 1928—including theatrical films, anthropological documentaries, and home movies—that reveal much about life during the silent-film era. —MoMa
De Chomon short from 1912
Elderly Will Lane arranges marriage of wild son of dead friend to tame him.