19
February
18:30
Irish Film Institute

Water and Power by Pat O’Neill

19 February 2020 / 18:30 / Irish Film Institute

In Pat O’Neill’s dizzying 1989 masterpiece Water and Power he combines techniques of collage, time-lapse, and superimposition to depict an ongoing clash between industry and nature. Operating in a ‘city symphony mode’ that would extend elsewhere from Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera to Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself this is a deeply personal experimental documentary that continues to feel utterly current but also utterly unlike anything we have seen either before or since – “it is surely the greatest of
contemporary ‘city symphonies'”- Paul Arthur.

Water and Power will be preceded here by Saugus Series (1974) an earlier abstract work that combines several formalist techniques. Both works screen from recently restored prints.

Film info:
Saugus Series, U.S.A., 1974, Digital, 19 mins.
Water and Power, U.S.A., 1989, Digital, 57 mins.

Images courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios


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Water and Power by Pat O'Neill

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill (Image courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios)

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill (Image courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios)

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill (Image courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios)

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill

Water and Power by Pat O'Neill (Image courtesy Lookout Mountain Studios)