video, silent, black & white, 1 minute 40 seconds

Microsoft Powerpoint transitions, running in sequence, switching from black to white
Made in collaboration with Timothy Evans.

Expansion & Reduction

After viewing Transition I remembered a quicktime I had seen on an avant-garde art website. The film was Rhythms 21 by Hans Richter from 1921. The similarities between the two films are quite exact at times, both feature wipes from white to black and black to white. It was quite interesting to me that there could be these parallels between works made 85 years apart. Although they appear quite similar at times the films couldn't be farther apart. Transitions is composed of reductions. Content, duration and sequence are reduced to their simplest form, by using the structure of the Powerpoint software. On the other hand Rhythms 21 is about expansion. The art of film up to this point had been pictorial, almost classical compared to what was happening in the other arts. Hans Richter was trying to expand the notion of film, painting and generally visual art when he removed the actors, and scenes which ordinarily dominate film. Rhythms 21 expanded the vocabulary and the possibilities while Transition is reducing the visual overload we now live with to its most basic elements. In my opinion both make quite a clear comment on their respective time periods. The films are like two points traveling on the same spiral one inwards and one out.

Derek Maxwell