Black Mirror at The National Gallery is a single uninterrupted shot of a black circular mirror (designed by Martin Szekely) as it travels through the Dutch Landscape and Genre Scenes painting rooms at London’s National Gallery. Both mirror and camera are mounted on motion control machines and they perform a kind of balletic dance, sometimes following each other, sometimes repelling each other, but more or less supporting each other. The film ends when the black mirror discovers and comes to a rest in front of what appears to be its doppelgänger, a small circular and exquisitely beautiful painting of a winter scene by Hendrik Avercamp. –Venice Film Festival
Reviews of nearly two dozen works screening in the Toronto International Film Festival’s program of experimental film and video.