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David claerbout confetti courtesy of annet gelink gallery

IDFA - Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA: Master Talk David Claerbout - Dark Optics

image credit:David Claerbout, Confetti (still 63) - Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery


Claerbout”s films progress exceptionally slowly, in a literal display of the passing of time that explicitly resists any form of narrative. This unorthodoxy is also reflected in the lecture itself. In the other half of this two-parter, he throws a stone into the pond of documentary cinema. The subject is “dark optics,” the term Claerbout uses to refer to image creation without lenses, cameras or any other optical or digital tool. Rather than being a record of something in reality, the resulting imagery exists only as a mental phenomenon.