Lightning

1976 | 00:01:23 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Environment, Video History

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When I look for the lightning, it never strikes. When I look away, it does. Filmed inside a car, this tape focuses on observation of natural phenomena, presenting the obverse of the, "If a tree falls in the woods..." conundrum. Does observation change the course of events? Can you believe in things you don't see? In this experiment, the camera occupies a privileged position — showing the woman and what she sees, as well as what she cannot see.

This title was originally part of the the Castelli-Sonnabend video art collection.

This title is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1.

This title is also available on Sympathetic Vibrations: The Videoworks of Paul Kos.

Exhibitions + Festivals

Courtisane Festival, Belgium, 2009