Session 2 January 16th Vanishing Pool

Why do we categorise something as experimental? What formal qualities do such pieces have that make them experimental?

What might be meant by formal qualities?

Lets watch a short experimental piece shot on film by Bill Viola called “Reflecting Pool”.

Lets think about two qualities of this piece:

The use of time.

The use of screen space.

How we’re these used in this short film?

How did this upset the conventions of usual moving image narrative?

Lets think of these disruption of conventions in relation to non visual art forms. What art forms can you bring to mind that do not necessarily involve a narrative form in the strict sense of a story being told?


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