Rodney Graham Phonokinetoscope at Matthew Marks

I first saw this video in 2003 at The PowerPlant along side a massive exhibition on Liam Gillick.  Now seeing and hearing this piece in a small draped corner at the back of the Matthew Marks gallery concretized the interplay between the film projector and the scratchy vinyl in a more engaging and profound way.

Rodney Graham’s The Phonokinetoscope is a vinyl record which once engaged launches the 5 minute film loop – a phonokinetoscope.

The film is of Graham riding his bike through Berlin’s Tiergarten high on LSD.  The vivid saturated colour of the film enhance the dreamy quality of Graham’s trip and journey through the lush gardens populated by tulips and playing cards.

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