Laura Grisi, The Measuring of Time, 1969, video b/n digitale da film in 16mm/b-w digital video from 16mm film, 5’45’’, ed.5+2ap
(Courtesy the Estate and P420, Bologna)
In The measuring of Time the counting of grains and sand in the desert, as an instrument of measure, represented an infinite action beyond time.
This endless, repetitive gesture was emphasized in a film, which was shot in a single spiral sequence, beginning with a close-up of the hands counting the grains of sand and expanding outward to reveal the figure performing the action. Then the camera moved in again, the spiral motion reconstructing, until it returned to the detail of the hands, concluding the sequence.