Film in Which There Appear… is a six-minute loop of the double-printed image of a blinking woman; her image is off-centre, making visible the sprocket holes and edge lettering on the film. According to Land, there is some slight variation in the image onscreen, but “no development in the dramatic or musical sense.”Land’s intention was to focus attention on the components that film viewers are not supposed to, and do not usually, notice, such as scratches, dirt particles, edge lettering, and sprocket holes. For this reason, Land often scheduled the film first in screenings of his work.
Land created the film to mock the idea of watching a film that doesn’t change. The film began life as a 16 mm loop film of “china girl” test leader of a woman blinking, originally used by the Kodak company to test colour reproduction. The loop was intended to be played continuously for 11 minutes, and then, following a commercial break, for another 11 minutes. However, its initial screening was stopped short by a hostile audience reaction. Land printed the loop optically to create Film in Which There Appear….He has confessed to feeling “very silly” about passively watching the film in a dark cinema, and occasionally stands up to point out details to the film’s audience. Land later created a 20-minute split-screen expansion of the same loop, which he claims “looks better because it’s more of a horizontal film than a vertical film; you look across it, not into it.” —Wikipedia
George Landow (1944 – June 8, 2011), also known as Owen Land, was a painter, writer, photographer, and experimental filmmaker. He has also worked under the pen names Orphan Morphan and Apollo Jize.
According to film historian Mark Webber, Land made some of his first films as a teenager, and his later films, made mostly during the 1960s and 1970s, are some of the first examples of the “structural film” movement. Land’s films usually involve word play, and have been described by Webber as having humor & wit that separates his films from the “boring” world of avant-garde cinema.
His work is also known to parody the experimental & “structural film” movement, as featured in his 1975 film Wide Angle Saxon. His style of filmmaking is also inspired by Bertolt Brecht, educational films, advertising, and television, and employs devices used by such in his films to destroy any sense of “reality”, as exhibited in What’s Wrong With this Picture 1 and Remedial Reading Comprehension… read more