By Paul Sharits in collaboration with Bill Brand

Paul Sharits' first "Locational" work, made in collaboration with Bill Brand, was commissioned for the 1972 opening exhibition of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,Texas. The piece was restored by Bill Brand in 2007 for the General Council of the Territory of Belfort, France for the Espace Multimédia Gantner.

“...Sound Strip/Film Strip consists of four film loops simultaneously projected sideways so that the four images abut one another horizontally. Sharits made each loop by filming colored surfaces, scratching the film, projecting it so that the sprocket holes showed on the screen; he then filmed that projection, scratched the result, and projects that as the final object. The resulting image is a continuous flicker of various color ranges with both actual and ‘virtual’ scratches and sprocket holes running horizontally (normally vertically) across the screen. Thus, Sharits is working with filmic abstraction which employs no image save for that inherent in the medium itself....”

- Art International.

16mm | color | silent | loop


Sound Strip/ Film Strip is an installation that requires careful setup and construction.  The piece is available either in digital form or in 16mm.  In either case, the renting institution will also pay for the construction or acquisition of the non-film (digital) elements of the piece (i.e. projector boxes, screen, projectors, film loopers, speakers, computers for the digital version, and the bean bag chairs.)  Bill's on-site participation will be required for proper installation. The price is variable and negotiable. Considerable lead time and planning is required.

For inquiries, please contact Bill Brand or the Anthology Film Archives.


The work is being sold as a limited edition of five.  See above for more information.

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