Filming films

Jon Routson shoots bootleg cinema film screenings as videoart:

"For the past five years, in the suburban sprawl surrounding Baltimore, Routson has been recording movies with regularity -- his first straight bootleg was The Phantom Menace. Armed with a digital video camera, he simply goes to the pictures and records what he sees on screen. In so doing, he also captures something of the aura of the particular screening. Routson's bootlegs also inadvertently capture the wasteland that separates film and video technologies, a space one might refer to as a gap of failure. With their flicker effects, poor enframement, diminished acoustics, and radically inconsistent focusing, Routson's home-made films are, in some ways, throw backs to the cinephilia of the late 1960s. Routson's exhibition gets at the heart of the desire for the cinematic within contemporary fine art practice with alarming directness."


July 10, 2004 | 10:18 PM