Rodney Graham

Rheinmetall/Victoria 8


Not on view
35mm film (color, silent; 10:50 min.) and Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 film projector
Dimensions variable
Gift of Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder
Object number
© 2015 Rodney Graham
Media and Performance Art
This work is not on view.
Rodney Graham has 22 works online.
There are 330 installation works online.

This film depicts a 1930s German typewriter made by Rheinmetall that Graham found in a junk shop. "It was just this incredibly beautifully made, solidly designed typewriter. Not one key had ever been pressed on it," he has said. His filmed homage is projected with a 1961 Victoria 8 projector issued by the Italian company Cinemeccanica, a mechanical wonder that Graham has described as "very beautiful, kind of overly powerful." "It's these two objects confronting one another," the artist has said of the installation. "Two obsolete technologies facing off."

Gallery label from Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, November 21, 2007-July 28, 2008

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