Print Generation, J.J. Murphy, U.S. 1974
Print Generation is J.J. Murphy’s seminal exploration of film and memory. Taking one minute of footage and re-printing it fifty times, Murphy pushed the limits of film’s materiality, radically transforming the image to create a profound journey from abstraction to representation and back again. Summing up “concerns that have marked independent filmmaking since the late Sixties: intrinsic film structure and personal diary,” (Mike Reynolds, Berkeley Barb), Print Generation harnesses image and sound deterioration to elegantly address the intricacies of perception, memory and time: how we remember, what we remember and how the fleeting nature of memory itself reveals and recedes
Experimental video art. In 1974 J. J. Murphy created the minimalist/structuralist film-work Print Generation. Cable Vision Generations applies a similar structural process to the medium of analog videotape. The original version of Cable Vision Generations is composed of 100 generational steps (dubs) and runs for 67 minutes. This edited version has 24 steps which are representative of the original’s structure. The first step (of cable channel “surfings”) is a 95th generation dub. In the middle of the program is the first generation of the channel sequence. The last step/sequence is a 100th generation dub. Every dubbed sequence was copied through a time base corrector, otherwise the video signal would simply have lost sync and been unrecordable. So this is why we like digital video nowadays.