Jay Fellow / Dan Graham documentary (April 1, 1987)



This video contains two separate works.

First is documentation of a lecture by Jay Fellow at SCI-Arc. Second is a documentary about the work of Dan Graham.

After an introduction by Andrew Zago, Jay Fellow recites a passage from Charles M. Doughty’s Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) to introduce his theme of post-Ptolemaic infinite space as a source of pleasure (Giordano Bruno) or terror (Blaise Pascal), and attempts by writers to create a new kind of integrated center for habitation.

Fellow discusses landscapes that are uncanny, which he defines as “recognizable but mysterious.” Fellow discusses the 19th century fascination with haunted houses and alternative worlds such as the hollow earth, as part of the revival of interest in magic and alternative states of consciousness that paralleled the rise of technology.

He praises William Gaddis as the most important living writer.

The second part of the video (starting at the 1:05:00 mark) is a documentary about Dan Graham and other artists. Graham discusses his pavilion projects while in the Kröller-Müller Museum.

The appropriated objects of an exhibit by the Belgian architect/artist René Heyvaert are examined (with commentary in Dutch).

There is a brief glimpse at an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Narcisse Tordoir.

The video ends with footage that might be from Graham’s 1984 video Rock My Religion, concluding with two clips from science fiction films that deal with dehumanization: Creation of the Humanoids (Wesley Barry, 1962) and Last Man on Earth (Ubaldo Ragona, 1964).

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