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Light Magic

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by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
Canada / 3:00 / 2001
sound / colour

"Movies arise out of magic." - Stanley Cavell

“Light Magic” utilizes and examines one of the earliest photographic processes, discovered at the birth of the photographic medium: the photogram. This technique combines science and art in order to record the process of transformation. Images created through this technique are traces of light that pass through each object, leaving their mark on the film surface. Photograms bring both the maker and the viewer closer to the object, thus revealing its essence - that neither the naked eye nor the camera lens could see.

“Light Magic” was one of the fifteen films commissioned by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The subject and the aesthetic of this film are a response to the statement “Self & Celluloid: The Future.”

Exhibition Formats

  • 16mm


  • cameraless
  • work by/about women


  • experimental
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