'Berlin Horse' is based on two sequences ' one shot originally in 8mm and re-filmed in 16mm - the other a piece of found early newsreel. The common subject is horses - a horse being exercised and horses being led from a burning stable. Le Grice made 'Berlin Horse' in 1970, with both visual sequences being treated at the London Film Makers Cooperative.
The 8mm sequence was shot in the village of Berlin near Hamburg, northern Germany. It was re-filmed from the screen running the film at different speeds and directions and with the camera at different angles. Later it was re-coloured using theatrical lighting gelatins in the film-printer and subject to multiple superimposition. It was finally combined with early newsreel of horses being led from a burning barn. It is a poetic drama where the sequence of image transformations and the 'narratives' are integrated as the content. The sound is an original track by Brian Eno.
'Berlin Horse' is exhibited at Lighthouse in a continuous loop in the gallery space. The film is 9 minutes in length.
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Malcolm Le Grice studied painting at the Slade but began to make film, video and computer works in the mid 1960s. He has shown in major international exhibitions including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Louvre Museum and Tate Modern. His films and videos are in collections at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Royal Belgian Film Archive, the National Film Library of Australia, the German Cinematheque Archive and the Archives du Film Experimental D'Avignon. A number of longer films have been transmitted on British TV, including 'Finnegan's Chin', 'Sketches for a Sensual Philosophy' and 'Chronos Fragmented'.
Le Grice has written critical and theoretical work including a history of experimental cinema 'Abstract Film and Beyond' (1977, Studio Vista and MIT). For three years in the 1970s he wrote a regular column for the art monthly Studio International and has published numerous other articles on film, video and digital media. Many of these articles were collected and published as an anthology under the title 'Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age' by the British Film Institute (2001).
He worked closely as a teacher with Peter Kardia at Saint Martin's, where he also established a Fine Art Film Department, and then at the RCA, first as an examiner than as a tutor. He was deeply involved in national developments in art education through work on the Council for National Academic Awards, and on Research Panels of the Higher Education Funding Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Board.