Las Vegas Notebook

Shelagh Keeley

1986, 91:37 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1026.02

film and architecture / body and architecture
grain of the film
a super 8 road movie of Las Vegas 1986
learning from Las Vegas
a random chance process with film / no editing
travel notations / value and importance of the casual.
space and silence
drawing with film... translation
randomness... minimal
non-narrative / spacious
a very slow take... slowness
importance of slowness
you must slow down your expectations / be aware of your body.

the film is a drawing notebook
a travel journal... I draw with film.
the architecture of film / the drawing of film
Las Vegas... aesthetics of the banal / fragmentation.
grain of the film... like water rushing over it...
stream of consciousness... flow with the camera.
the fleeting moment in the land of replica and cliche... vagueness.

from Joan Didion "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" 1967

p.80 "Almost everyone notes that there is no 'time' in Las Vegas, no night and no day and no past and no future; neither is there any logical sense of where one is. One is standing on a highway in the middle of a vast hostile desert looking at an eighty-foot sign which blinks 'Stardust' or 'Caesar's Palace'. Yes, but what does that explain? This geographical implausibility reinforces the sense that what happens there has no connection with 'real' life... but Las Vegas seems to exist only in the eye of the beholder. All of which makes it an extraordinary stimulating and interesting place."

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