On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters: The Writings of

As Hollis Frampton’s pictures and celebrated experimental movies have been checking out the bounds of the digital camera arts within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, his provocative and hugely literate writings have been trying to determine an intellectually resonant kind of discourse for those seriously underexplored fields. It used to be a time while artists operating in various disciplines have been starting to choose up cameras and convey movies and videotapes, good prior to those practices have been understood or embraced by means of associations of latest paintings. This choice of Frampton’s writings provides his severe essays (many written for Artforum and October) besides extra fabric, together with lectures, correspondence, interviews, construction notes, and scripts. It supersedes Circles of bewilderment, released in 1983.

Frampton ranged greatly over the visible arts in his writing, and the texts during this assortment reveal his specific views on images, movie, video, and the plastic and literary arts. They comprise severely acclaimed essays on Edward Weston and Eadweard Muybridge in addition to value determinations of up to date photographers; the influential essay “For a Metahistory of Film,” besides scripts, textual fabric, and rankings for his motion pictures; writings on video that represent a veritable prehistory of the electronic arts; a discussion with Carl Andre (his buddy and previous Phillips Andover classmate) from the early Sixties; and creative, nearly unclassifiable items that draw at the writings of Borges, Joyce, and Beckett.

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