Texts of Light:
A Mid-Career Retrospective of Fourteen Films by David Gatten

November 2011
Wexner Center for the Arts

[Touring to: National Gallery of Art (January 2012), Harvard Film Archives (February 2012), San Francisco Cinematheque - with screenings at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Artist's Television Access (April 2012), and multiple venues in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and Velaslavasay Panorama - co-presented with the Museum of Jurassic Technology) (Fall 2012)]

A brochure, designed by Erica Anderson and with newly commissioned essays by Tom Gunning and Genevieve Yue, was published to accompany the retrospective and tour.

Program 1
Secret History of the Dividing Line, A True Account in Nine Parts: Parts I-IV

David Gatten in person

Secret History of the Dividing Line (2002)
The Great Art of Knowing (2004)
Moxon's Mechanick Exercises, or, The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing (1999)
The Enjoyment of Reading (Lost and Found) (2001)

Program 2
Four Films Toward Part V of Secret History of the Dividing Line, A True Account in Nine Parts
David Gatten in person

The Matter Propounded, Of Its Possibility or Impossibility, Treated in Four Parts (2011)
How to Conduct a Love Affair (2007)
So Sure of Nowhere Buying Times to Come (2010)
Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 323: Once Upon a Time in the West (2010)

Program 3
Silent Mountains, Singing Oceans, and Slivers of Time
David Gatten in person

Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 71: Base-Plus-Fog (2006)
What the Water Said, Nos. 1–3 (1998)
Journal and Remarks (2009)
Shrimp Boat Log (2010)
What the Water Said, Nos. 4–6 (2007)
Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 142: Abbreviation for Dead Winter [Diminished by 1,794] (2008)
+ By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging (2011)

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