Hapax Legomena: Nostalgia, Poetic Justice, Critical Mass, Traveling Matte

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 29, 2001

Thursday, November 29, 2001, 6pm

1971-1972, Hollis Frampton, USA, ca 125 min, 16mm

In celebration of the School of the Art Institute’s recent acquisition of Hollis Frampton’s seminal avant-garde film (nostalgia), we are presenting the entire series of films, Hapax Legomena, of which (nostalgia) is only a part. Although (nostalgia) is one of the most widely seen avant-garde films, the rest of the series is rarely shown. Made between 1971 and 1972, the series is a working through of Frampton’s thoughts about the problem of signification in the relationship of language and image as well as its relation to the technologies of reproduction. The series moves between written language, still photography, cinema and emerging video and digital technologies, examining each in Frampton’s uniquely poetic and rigorous way. Tonight’s screening features the first four films that make up Hapax Legomena: (nostalgia) (1971), Poetic Justice (1972), Critical Mass (1971), Travelling Matte (1971).

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