Moving image technologies have transformed the visual arts in myriad ways. As movie cameras and film stock became widely accessible outside of the studio system in the 1960s, artists began to explore the potentials of narrative film in a variety of genres. On three Saturdays, we will screen films made by artists that explore the visual dimensions of narrative and the narrative dimension of form.
Saturday August 11
Since, dir. Andy Warhol, 1966 (16mm, 67 min)
Since refers to the phrase “since the assassination,” i.e., the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film reconstructs the event in Dallas with both Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson present before the assassination and then after at Johnson’s swearing in. Constructed from media reports at the time and Johnson’s speeches, and using an elaboration of Warhol’s of split-screen technique, the film does not change the vantage point of the camera and it is not presented in continuous time, but features multiple moments and modalities of the scene that are established strictly through dialogue and character. Since has rarely been screened since it was restored in 2002.