28.IV.81 (Descending Figures) 

Christopher Harris

2011 | 00:03:00 | United States | Color | Silent | 16:9 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Experimental Film, Performance, Religion/Spirituality

28.IV.81 (Descending Figures) comprises footage Harris shot at a performance of Christ’s Passion, staged as an attraction in a Florida amusement park…This flimsy display of devotion is shown up by something genuinely overpowering, or at least recognizably real. In a way, this seems to sum up Harris’s practice. Filmic images are things with actual impact in the world, and as such they have an unavoidable ethical dimension.

–– Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

The left and right channels of this two-channel piece are interchangeable.  VDB offers either configuration as HD files for exhibitions and screenings.  Discs of the work also contain both versions.

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Prizes + Awards

Double Documentary Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival

Special Jury Prize: Best International Work, WNDX: Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art


Ann Arbor Film Festival
Ann Arbor, MI

Exhibitions + Festivals

Crossroads Film Festival

L’ALTERNATIVA Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival