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Line Describing a Cone 2-13-07

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Uploaded on Feb 20, 2007

"Line Describing a Cone" (1973) is described best as "one of the simplest, most elegant and most effective ideas ever committed to film. Starting with a dot at the bottom of the frame, a single line is drawn on the screen, taking the 30-minute running time to form a complete circle. Meanwhile, in the fogged room, the same line gradually forms a cone, with the base of the cone at the screen and the apex at the projector lens. The screen functions mostly to "tell the time" of the movie -- one need only note how much of the circle is there to tell how much of the movie is left. It is the space in between the projector and the screen that is most important -- in this space, the audience moves about, interacting with the cone of light and moving along the beam to get different perspectives...."
-2005 Andy Ditzler

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