Barbara Hammer (US)

Cinéma Spoutnik

Bent Time
1983, 16 mm, color, sound, 22min

Music by Pauline Oliveros (Rattlesnake Mountain, 1982)

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Bent Time is influenced by scientists who have noted that light rays curve at the outer edges of the universe leading them to theorize that time also bends. A one-point perspective visual path across the US beginning inside a linear accelerator – or atom-smashing device – and traveling to such high-energy locations as the home of an ancient sun calendar in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; the site of Ohio Valley Mound cultures; the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges; and beyond. Inspired by this idea, I used an extreme wide angle lens of 9mm and ‘one frame of film per foot of physical space’ to simulate the concept of time bending”. — Barbara Hammer

By repetition,
you start noticing details
in the landscape