Tony Conrad1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtExperimentalUSA

Tony Conrad – The Flicker (1965)

A film consists of alternating black and white frames.

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

“The Flicker has been called a sort of visual LSD, including hallucinations… You know a man can be called a bald faced liar simply by being an honest reporter. Some of these cats were sitting staring… as if watching and hearing Beethoven himself play his fifth piano concerto.”
– The Evening Star, Washington.

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