Bent Time

Director: Barbara Hammer
USA / 1984 / 22 min

PART OF ”WITH MUSIC BY…: A SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS SERIES”

Last streamed on Wed, May 5

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 U.S. 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. The film is accompanied by Pauline Oliveros’s original score for voice and accordion, Rattlesnake Mountain.”—Barbara Hammer
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), with thanks to Karl McCool and Rebecca Cleman.