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Michael Snow: Two Films

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Images courtesy of the artist

So Is This

Michael Snow: Two Films

Introduced by Michael Snow

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Wed, Apr 15, 2009 7 PM

Canadian artist Michael Snow is one of the most renowned and influential of all avant-garde filmmakers—and a Renaissance man for the 20th century and beyond who has worked in painting, sculpture, and music as well as film.

Tonight he introduces a provocative pairing of two of his classics. The landmark <-> (aka Back and Forth) (1968–69) is one of his most sculptural films, which uses the camera as a perpetual motion machine to examine a classroom and its activities through a series of panning shots of varying velocities. So Is This (1982) unspools its imagery in the form of text—one word at a time—to create a new kind of concrete poetry and film language. Village Voice critic J. Hoberman wrote that the resulting film "parlays an elegantly simple concept into an unpredictably, cumulatively rich experience." (app. 100 mins., 16mm)

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Snow is also giving a lecture at the Wexner Center on April 14.

Cosponsored by Ohio State's Department of Art and supported by the Batelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs.