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Tony Conrad «The Flicker» | Still
Tony Conrad, «The Flicker», 1965 – 1966
Still | © Tony Conrad


Categories: Film

Keywords: Light | Perception

United States | 30' | Music: Tony Conrad | 16mm film, b/w

 Tony Conrad
«The Flicker»

A film consisting of only alternating black-and-white film images. During the projection, light and dark sequences alternate to changing rhythms and produce stroboscopic and flickering effects; and while viewing these, they cause optic impressions which simulate colors and forms. In the process, the film also stimulates physiological in place of psychological impressions, by not addressing the senses as such, but rather triggering direct neural reactions. Tony Conrad, who has devoted himself to an intensive study of the physiology of the nervous system, created with «The Flicker» an icon of the structural film, which succeeds without a narrative or reproducible imagery. Since the seen is not captured through the eyes, but rather first produced in the brain.


Heike Helfert