Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham // Phonokinetoscope
Rodney Graham // Phonokinetoscope

"The installation Phonokinetoscope (2001–02) is composed of a five-minute long, 16 mm film loop, and a vinyl record with fifteen minutes of moody rock music performed by the artist himself. The projector is activated only when the needle touches the record, thus technically reproducing Thomas Edison’s cinematic phonokinetoscope experiment. The lack of synchronization between the film loop and the music leads to innumerable juxtapositions of sound and image, and creates random dramatic effects. The film takes place in Berlin’s Tiergarten park, where Rodney Graham reenacts the first acid trip taken by the synthesizer of LSD, Dr. Albert Hofmann, in 1943. Graham is seen in the film  riding a bicycle backwards – a hallucinogenic effect reminiscent of Hofmann’s original bike trip. As an interrogation of reality, the film examines representation as an external manifestation of an inner experience. Graham employs a combination of recorded image and sound to document his own experience of an altered reality."

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Film still. Phonokinetoscope, 2001, 16mm film installation with modified turntable and 33 1/3 rpm vinyl lp. Courtesy of 303 Gallery.
Film still. Phonokinetoscope, 2001, 16mm film installation with modified turntable and 33 1/3 rpm vinyl lp. Courtesy of 303 Gallery.