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EXCERPTS >|< Caicedo (with pole) - 1936
A series of GIFs excerpted from Calceido (with pole). This short Edison feature does a good job of filming its subject, which in this case is high-wire specialist Juan Caicedo. It is one of many very early movies that, in addition to their value as historical examples in the development of cinema, have also preserved for later generations the memory of some of the era’s popular performers who otherwise have long since been forgotten.
This one is notable in that it was the first of the Edison movies to be filmed outdoors, since it was felt (no doubt correctly) that filming the act in Edison’s ‘Black Maria’ studio would not have worked as well. Therefore, you get to see Caicedo use his balancing pole to perform a number of feats of skill in a more natural setting. One interesting and (presumably) unintentional feature is that whenever the wire is straight, it is aligned with a fence rail in the background, making the wire seem temporarily invisible.
Most likely, Caicedo had to make some changes in his routine to keep all the action within the fixed camera field. But he and the Edison film crew seem to have worked together pretty well, since almost everything stays in view. Between that and the outdoor photography, this movie does a good job at what it set out to do. (From Snow Leopard, IMDB)
We invite you to watch the full video HERE
Excerpts by OKKULT Motion Pictures: a collection of GIFs excerpted from open source/unknown/rare/controversial moving images.
A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge.
Artist of the Week
Toshihiko is our wonderful artist in residence here at ELP. He has been with us for just over 6 months and is here until December. So half way through, it’s about time we had a look at what he’s been up to.
Toshihiko graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 200. Since then has been heavily involved in printmaking and has won several awards including a scholarship from the Japanese government to further his artist practice overseas.
His specialist area is etching on copper. The drawings are extremely detailed and he draws the tonal areas of his plates dot by dot. He works delicately with magnifying glass in one hand and a hand made Swiss etching needle (of which he has a multitude of shapes and sizes).
The end result is certainly worth his dedication and patience. The work is grotesque in subject but so beautifully executed as you can see for yourself.
A pure joy and an inspiration in the studio, it’s a privilege to have Toshihiko working at ELP!