July 6, 1973
My idea yesterday: Nothing but clouds, with music, let's say. Select different formations and film their disintegration.
Film a moving still life with a moving camera, and project it in a systematic and appropriate way.
Or: Project a moving object around a circular room, as if writing it.
The surface of the screen is a x b, but only a small part of it is uncovered at a time.
Modification of an exciting film by blocking, superimposition, etc. (In some sort of order.)
November 2, 1977.
I take two projectors placed facing each other, and project a positive with one, and a negative with the other onto a screen positioned in the middle. Nothing will show on the screen, because what one does not block out, the other will. As the images change, we see nothing except that something is happening.
Film a produced event, or an actual event, from two angles different enough to result in totally different information. Then project them simultaneously.
Video (or film) idea
Whatever moves is stationary. In the camera, the moving object is always stationary, and the fixed object always moves. (Frustrate the event.)
Video idea (from television)
VIDEO WITHOUT VIDEO
Watch the picture from a torsion mirror!
Watch your own reflection in the screen!
Look for yourself on the screen!
Always watch a different channel!
Watch the official program with one eye closed!
VIDEO IDEAS, THE '80s
Endless video tapes on a theme which is repetitious by nature.
Endless audio tape with changing pictures.
The disjointed film is held together by the sound (e.g. one note).
On the train: the clouds and the moving train stand still, while the landscape rushes by. (Distance is tied to the movement, while our immediate surroundings disappear.)
Some sort of blurred, moving picture. One should not be able to figure out what it is. With animation and changing colors, it can be made more discernible, but not intelligible.
VIDEO DRAWING plan
1. Select a video showing simple forms (such as heads), and begin to trace it quickly on the screen.
2. The image, of course, keeps moving, so the drawing must be discontinued and a new one started immediately.
3. The procedure is repeated as long as anything at all can be seen.
Note: What stands for "memories" here are the drawings, which are never finished, but are superimposed on one another in a half-finished form until they obscure the picture completely, i.e., there is no more new information to remember. (The persistent presence and storage of memories blocks the penetration of new information.)
Variation: Figure out how to retain the capacity to receive new information
by continually erasing the memories. (What is it that happens in this
case?) The methodology of forgetting.
A FILM WITHOUT END ON THE THEME OF CLOTHING (a part of the Velem project)
1. People in civilian clothing enter the picture.
2. Cavellini-text-covered table with glasses, bottles: they fill glasses, drink; they drink in their own civilian clothes, clink glasses.
3. The picture changes.
They are in Cavellini-text-covered clothes as they put their glasses down, then they start leaving by a Cavellini-text-covered path toward the main road, where they start disrobing and throwing away their clothes as they disappear.
1. People in civilian clothing enter the picture...etc.
Project: Collective film/video.
A "sculptural" stroll and poses in Hungary. Situations devised by participants. Extensions of the life of the statue vivante.
Collective space-individual times. Collective consciousness. Communication.
In response to an invitation of mine, between December, 1980 and December,
1981, about 600 artists from 35 countries submitted 731 entries for a
(self)memorial stamp design. As they arrived each day, consecutive numbers
were assigned to the stamp designs (photos, drawings, texts, all the size
of a stamp and edged, like a stamp, in a frame of "perforation").
As the days passed, the accidental sequence of the pictures began to turn
into an intelligible series, as if the successive designs were continuations
of one another. The remarkable result that the 731 stamp designs added
up to a coherent series gave me the idea of making a film of this accidental
Letter to Ray Johnson (plan)
Send me a recording with some sound material that is typical of you,
and any kind of visual material (photo, junk, etc.), for a movie I want
to make of you.
Theme for a video clip (RELATION-FILM)
BILL DE KOONING'S BICYCLE SEAT
A STILL LIFE OF TIME (Idea)
Mix five different themes.
Several simultaneous systems moving in different ways are superimposed on one another.
The individual systems may move back and forth in time, but the several systems superimposed make for a still life which moves, changes, but remains a still life: the still life of time.
(One picture is always ruined by at least one other picture.)
WORLD NEWS (sound + projected picture and text)
Sound: radio signals of the various radio stations the world over broadcasting
in Hungarian, brief announcements and music.
Projected pictures (slides): current news events as seen on T.V., current political and other public figures, war scenes, demonstrations, etc.
Projected texts (slides):
Concept: Every culture evaluates events according to its own point of
He who does not improve deteriorates.
It's a great opportunity if your fate is a part of the fate of others, if you take part in the fate of others.
January 16, 1991
Classification of people:
Educated: bright, stupid
Uneducated: bright, stupid