Phantom Avantgarde

Aerial Waller, Mark
Mark Aerial Waller’s Phantom Avantgarde (2010) is a movingimage work housed within its own purpose-built display case. As Waller explains, ‘the film and its method of display have been conceived together’, each one a ‘functional and symbolic counterpart’ to the other. Inside the case, a full-length mirror reflects the projected film onto a rear-projection screen, which means the image can be viewed from three separate perspectives: from both sides of the screen, as well as from the mirror opposite. The film itself consists of life-size cut outs of figures from existentialist cinema and the Parisian intellectual scene of the mid-1960s. The narration and subtitled text is provided by Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s novel, Journey to the End of the Night (1932). To create the film, Waller – who used to work as a projectionist at the London filmmaker’s co-op – used a hand-held camera and the same film stock as the original movies.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 8 minutes 50seconds
  • Edition: 2 of 2 + 1 AP
  • Material description: b/w 16mm film transferred to digital video. Display case, wood structure with mirror foil and projection screen with video collage
  • Credit line: © the artist.
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC23/2016



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