David Perry

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David Perry is an Australian experimental film and video-maker, and was a founding member of Ubu Films (1965).1 Previously he trained in the graphics arts (the printing trade) and aspects of graphic arts techniques can be seen in some of his works.

Perry sums up his work by saying that even while working with videotape he still saw himself as a film-maker, although he knew it was impossible to get good kinescope recordings of the video works. The texture and quality disjunctions of video and film, in these attempts to make films with inappropriate equipment, interested him and was “sometimes very lovely” but he really wanted to make films. In 1976, in an interview with John Tranter for an arts magazine he says:

“… most of the work I do is designed to be seen on a television screen. I have a number of reasons for preferring video to film. Some of them are technical. Basically it’s a cheaper medium to work in, and has possibilities for easier replay … you can show it just about anywhere. It’s also more intimate than film … You have a little box, in an ordinary room — people can feel comfortable about it … people don’t feel constrained about talking-back to a television screen … The system is more intimate and less intimidating [than cinema] … Television allows you to take what you want from it; what you don’t want you can shout back at or ignore.”

(Elements of biographical text taken from from Scanlines.net)

Image still from Utopian Memory Banks Presents Fragments from the Past



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