Critical Writing Index

In Search of Lost Space: Stan Douglas' Archaeology of Cinematic Darkness

by Noam M. Elcott

The author uses a media archaeology to look at the work of Vancouver artist Stan Douglas, specifically his 1986 film installation "Overture", which uses footage of trains passing through a series of long, dark tunnels from the 1901 films "Panoramic View of the White Pass Railroad", and "Panoramic View of Kicking Horse Canon". The author suggests that Douglas' engagement with darkness in the film is both historical and phenomenological.

ITEM 2012.047 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Overture (1986)Stan Douglas

Deux dvises (1982-83)

Slideworks (1983)

Encampment (1991)