Line Describing a Cone

Root Event

Werkleitz Jubiläums Festival 2013 Utopien vermeiden

Parent Event

Line Describing a Cone
US 1973
Line Describing a Cone, 1973 © Courtesy of Anthony McCall and LUX, London

In Line Describing a Cone a white dot gradually extends and curves into a full circle within the course of 30 minutes. However, it is not the screen, to which the viewer intuitively turns, but the projection beam: with the help of artificial haze, the thin light beam of the projector slowly grows into a large hollow and convincingly ‘solid’ light cone: the ‘line’ of the circle ‘describes a cone’. This was the first in a series of what McCall called ‘solid light films’ produced between 1973 and 1975. It is a deeply playful magical experience to ‘enter’ this film projection. The illusion of volume is so convincing that one intuitively ducks down to walk under the cone. The joy of standing at the centre of the cone while the light wraps around the body like a large hallow or of interrupting the smooth surface of the light cone by sticking the hand through it, has turned the most cynical art critic into an excited performer. The film produces spontaneous communication amongst its ‘actors’, something that only few contemporary art works achieve.

16mm, b/w, 30 min

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