Hollis Frampton 1936-1984
Poetic Justice (1972)
"In Poetic justice we see a table upon which there is a plant and a cup of coffee. A succession of sheets of paper is placed on the table, each describing the shot of a film so that we can reconstruct the film in our mind's eye from the written descriptions. The imagined film is in four tableaux, one of which contains a major temporal problem. In this tableau, every second shot is followed by one containing a still photograph of the previous shot. The second shot in each successive pair therefore refers back to the past; the photograph freezes the action of the first shot. However, in the description for the second shot of each pair, there are instructions that do not appear in the description for the first. In each case, the written instruction describes an action that occurs after the action of the first shot so that the second shot in each pair is a rendering of the past state of events and carries the action of the imagined film a step forward. Two directions of temporal experience are mixed in a single image." - Bill Simon "In POETIC JUSTICE, Frampton presents us with a 'scenario' of extreme complexity in which the themes of sexuality, infidelity, voyeurism are 'projected' in narrative sequence entirely through the voice telling the tale--again it is the first person singular speaking, however, in the present tense and addressing the characters as 'you,' 'your lover,' and referring to an 'I.' We see, on screen, only the physical aspect of a script, papers resting on a table... and the projection is that of a film as consonant with the projection of the mind." - Annette Michelson