Hollis Frampton. Poetic Justice (Hapax Legomena II). 1972

Hollis Frampton Poetic Justice (Hapax Legomena II) 1972

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Frampton's films expose, dismantle, and reorganize the structure of the medium while opening onto numerous branches of knowledge, including natural history, poetry, and linguistic theory. Poetic Justice, the second film in Framptons seven-part series Hapax Lagomena (1971–72), presents the viewer with an ordinary domestic scene: a stack of papers, a cup of coffee, and a potted cactus on a table. The sheets of paper compose a script that provides handwritten, frame-by-frame instructions for a film that unfolds only in the mind of the viewer; with the revelation of each page, the viewer is called upon to mine his or her own inventory of images. The desire to construct a linear narrative is countered by a series of spatial and temporal incongruities that collapse the distinction between filmic space and the physical realm of the viewer.

Gallery label from Images of an Infite Film, September 7, 2013–March 2, 2014.
16mm film (black and white, silent)
31 min.
Gift of New York University. Preserved with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Courtesy Anthology Film Archives
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