As Hollis Frampton’s photos and celebrated experimental motion pictures have been trying out the bounds of the digital camera arts within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, his provocative and hugely literate writings have been trying to determine an intellectually resonant kind of discourse for those severely underexplored fields. It used to be a time whilst artists operating in varied disciplines have been commencing to choose up cameras and convey movies and videotapes, good sooner than those practices have been understood or embraced by way of associations of up to date artwork. This choice of Frampton’s writings provides his serious essays (many written for Artforum and October) besides extra fabric, together with lectures, correspondence, interviews, creation notes, and scripts. It supersedes Circles of bewilderment, released in 1983.
Frampton ranged largely over the visible arts in his writing, and the texts during this assortment show his particular views on images, movie, video, and the plastic and literary arts. They comprise seriously acclaimed essays on Edward Weston and Eadweard Muybridge in addition to value determinations of up to date photographers; the influential essay “For a Metahistory of Film,” in addition to scripts, textual fabric, and rankings for his movies; writings on video that represent a veritable prehistory of the electronic arts; a discussion with Carl Andre (his pal and previous Phillips Andover classmate) from the early Sixties; and artistic, nearly unclassifiable items that draw at the writings of Borges, Joyce, and Beckett.
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