Paul Sharits’ SOUND STRIP / FILM STRIP (1972)

Film Installation in collaboration with Bill Brand


Sound Strip / Film Strip is Paul Sharits' first "Locational" work, made in collaboration with Bill Brand. The piece was commissioned for the 1972 opening exhibition of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,Texas. and was restored by Bill Brand in 2007 for the General Council of the Territory of Belfort, France for the Espace Multimédia Gantner.

“...Sound Strip / Film Strip consists of four film loops simultaneously projected sideways so that the four images abut one another horizontally. Sharits made each loop by filming colored surfaces, scratching the film, projecting it so that the sprocket holes showed on the screen; he then filmed that projection, scratched the result, and projects that as the final object. The resulting image is a continuous flicker of various color ranges with both actual and ‘virtual’ scratches and sprocket holes running horizontally (normally vertically) across the screen. Thus, Sharits is working with filmic abstraction which employs no image save for that inherent in the medium itself....”

- Art International.

16mm | color | silent | loop

Sound Strip / Film Strip  , Espace Multimédia Gantner, Belfort, France, 2007

Sound Strip / Film Strip, Espace Multimédia Gantner, Belfort, France, 2007

Sound Strip / Film Strip simulation