Running In O&R

Missing Associates, Lily Eng and Peter Dudar

1975, 21:00 minutes, B&W, No language

TAPECODE 1068.05

RUNNING IN O&R occupies the conjunction of three crucial arts of the 1970s: performance art, experimental dance, and independent filmmaking. Plus it is influenced by ”minimal” composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. This digital re-release is the full original edit.

RUNNING IN O&R started as a performance piece for Missing Associates, Dudar’s partnership with dancer/ choreographer Lily Eng. Missing Associates initiated the first wave of performance art and experimental dance in Toronto galleries in 1972. This film was shot at the Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC), the city’s ”most avant-garde” international gallery.

In RUNNING IN O&R, the performers run laps around the gallery space, keeping in step and using their natural strides. They go in and out of phase visually, as other complexities emerge.
The establishing wide shot is stationary. But the camera progressively zooms in, eventually becoming part of the choreography, switching from one performer to the other as they pass each other.

Peter Dudar’s films have been linked to structural filmmaking, (Michael Snow, Paul Sharits, etc). But coming from performance, Dudar has a unique take on ‘orthodox’ structural films in which ”the shape of the film
is crucial, the content peripheral.” Dudar’s camera engages the performers and to an extent is actually controlled by the performers: structural performance schematics coalesce with structural film schematics.

Peter Dudar began his career as a painter. RUNNING IN O&R initiated his transition from performance artist to filmmaker. Concepts introduced here culminated in his internationally lauded CRASH POINTS films.

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