Viewers of Optics
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"Observing events through an optical instrument places the observer in a unique position in that he can follow the course of events closely but from a reasonably safe distance. In Viewers of Optics, we are told about just such an authentic eye-witness report. Before us stands a desolate landscape. A voice off-screen delivers a poetic account of a disaster which has overtaken this area. Through bits and pieces of witnesses' accounts, we hear of a murder committed, the destruction of nature, etc. It is this sensation of observing from a safe distance, combined with electronic music by Pierre Henry, that makes Viewers of Optics so impressive to watch. But Viewers of Optics offers more than this : the objects, landscapes and spaces observed in this way become at the same time signs and metaphors for the reality of inner silence."

Henry Kamphizen

Awards and mentions
Grand Prix de la ville de Genève
Semaine Internationale de la Vidéo
Genève
1987
Best of the Festival
North Florida Video Festival
Jacksonville
1987
1987
United States
11:00
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Alexander Hahn
Camera
Alexander Hahn
Irit Batsry
Editing
Alexander Hahn
Sound
Alexander Hahn
Text
Alexander Hahn
Voice
Christine Hatfull
Postproduction
Dekart Video
Production
Alexander Hahn

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Mono
Keywords
Experimental, Image, Vision, Disaster, Murder