Artist Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube has created two projects based on the classic film ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. The first is his ‘The Wizard of Oz experiment’ video installation which shows the film 5,829 times side by side. The films are arranged in rows from left to right and time shifted by exactly one second each. The video starts at the top left with the first second of the film and finishes bottom right with the last second of the film. The entire projection is in a continuous loop that repeats every 98 minutes with a computer generated voice reading out the lines of the film in a 68 minute loop.
The second work is a book, containing 98 pages where the frames, all 140,000 of the film, are arranged chronologically in rows from left to right. One page contains 1,440 pictures which correspond to exactly one minute of film. So the page numbers also show the minute of the film from which the stills were taken.
It’s a playful idea that uses technology in a simple but efficient way and is extremely interesting to watch. At least for a few minutes.
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