Oporto apresenta #25: Phaeton
Friday, October 21, 2011, 22:30h
Oporto, Salvador Correia de Sá, 42, 2 frente, 1200-399 Lisboa
"Phaeton" by David Wharry
16mm film, b&w,sound, 7' 25, 1978
With the presence of the author
When a screen gets in contact with David Wharry`s films, it becomes a photosensitive membrane that, like an "Optogram" (an image imprinted on the retina), registers the surrounding action. The screen works, then, as a memory mechanism, a record of Wharry's actions, unveiling the inner-senses of his humorous cinematic charades.
It was in the late seventies that the author created "General Picture", a series of episodes built from the rubble of “noir” and mystery films. This body of work is a bright and mysterious plot on the foundations of the moving image. “Phæton” is one of the few episodes of "General Picture" which can be viewed independently. In this short film, Wharry makes us focus on the space between the retina and the eyelid to reveal the origin of the image and the birth of the otherness.
"Behind and beyond the eyelid" - Alexandre Estrela