Part of Observation

Glass (Memories of Water #25)

Leighton Pierce

(USA, 1998, 16 mm, 7:00)

A window pane is paradox of sorts, as it unifies two opposing functions. On the one hand it separates the ‘inside’ from the ‘outside’, while the two spaces wtill remain visually connected. Glass, like water, can also flow, and both substances also share the qualities of transparency, refraction and reflection. It is in this last quality that ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ can merge into one image. The accompanying crystal clear soundtrack, which ranges from a groaning swing to a cracking fire, very effectively contrasts the diffusive qualities of ‘Glass’.


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