Showroom 1

The Site of Film

untitled (to Donna) 5, In the exhibition “Phares”, Centre Pompidou-Metz, february 2014© Dan Flavin© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost/Dist. RMN-GP© Adagp, Paris© SABAM Belgium 2018


Taking over three sets of the showroom, the project ‘The Film Set’ explores the properties of film from the perspective of its visual dimension.

In its traditional form, the cinematographic spectacle rests on the viewer’s forgetting of the machine that conditions the production and dissemination of the images. The cinema of visual artists seeks on the contrary to express its materiality by revealing the presence of the surface, of light and the space that condition its perception. From the visual paradoxes of the American David Haxton to the simple geometric forms of Anthony McCall, the spectator is no longer motionless in front of the movie, but circulates in the middle of and inside moving images.

Pyramid Drawings, 1976-77, 16mm, nb, sil, 12min (détail)© Courtesy David Haxton
Long Film for Four Projectors, 1974© Anthony McCall© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM/Dist. RMN-GP© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thomas Zander