Tautological Cinema

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Sep 27, 2013 9:56PM

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About the work: Between 1973 and 1978 the artist produced a dozen 8, 16 and 35 mm films which she endowed with the common designation "Tautological Cinema". From the basic conception it was a matter of a conceptual cinema or rather a conceptual idea to find a new language for art.

... Thus the "Tautological cinema" was a conceptual notebook of a special kind, in which the linear, designated message presented an extension of the artist’s conceptual ideas. The short films, lasting only a few minutes, are the tracing of a „time between“ – a time between the beginning and end of the course of a certain situation or simple activities: they are "that which is to be said and nothing beyond that“ a precise and complete communication. In order to arrive at a pure filmic structure and precisely thereby a conceptual record, the artist utilized automatic recording- with any sort of adornments, or narration or theater. The „Tautological cinema“ was hereby an authentic form of conceptual art. (M. Jankowska) 

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