Hollis Frampton

Hollis Frampton

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1936-03-11 · Deathday: 1984-03-30 (48 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Wooster, Ohio, USA

65 Movies

Biography

Hollis William Frampton, Jr. (March 11, 1936 – March 30, 1984) was an American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer, theoretician, and pioneer of digital art. He was best known for his innovative and non-linear structural films that defined the movement, including Lemon (1969), Zorns Lemma (1970) and (nostalgia) (1971), as well as his anthology book, Circles of Confusion: Film, Photography, Video: Texts, 1968-1980 (1983).

Personal Life

Hollis Frampton married Marcia Steinbrecher in September 1966. The couple separated in 1971 and divorced in 1974. He later married Marion Faller, a photographer whom he had met and began living with in early 1971. Together, Frampton and Faller collaborated on several series including "Vegetable Locomotion" and "False Impressions". Frampton had a stepson by Faller named Will.

Movies & TV shows

2012.

2 Movies
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

2012
An icon of the American avant-garde, Hollis Frampton made rigorous, audacious, brainy, and downright thrilling films, leaving behind a body of work that remains unparalleled. In the 1960s, having alre...
A Lecture

A Lecture

2012
Performance piece by Frampton, recorded in 1968 with the voice of artist Michael Snow

2006.

1 Movie
Funtime at the Vasulkas

Funtime at the Vasulkas

2006
Jeffrey Schier and Woody show colleagues and teachers a new tool in a recording of a meeting. Woody and Schier designed a prototype device between 1976 and 1980. One of the first digital audiovisual t...

2000.

1 Movie
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

6
2000
Over 30 years of private home movie footage was used to create a feature length narrative.

1986.

1 Movie
He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life

He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life

1986
The story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas is told in a film.

1984.

1 Movie
A and B in Ontario

A and B in Ontario

1984
“Hollis and I came back to Toronto on holiday in the summer of '67. We were staying at a friend's house. We worked our way through the city and eventually made it to the island. We followed each other...

1980.

1 Movie
The Birth of Magellan: Mindfall I & VII

The Birth of Magellan: Mindfall I & VII

1980
Short film by Hollis Frampton

1979.

3 Movies
More Than Meets The Eye

More Than Meets The Eye

1979
"...Frampton travels to the purported birthplace of the Eisensteinian model of cinema, the fairground, with its 'montage of attractions'...ambulating wide-angled portrait of the fair, its throng of pa...
Matrix [First Dream]

Matrix [First Dream]

1979
A film of multiple superimpositions, utilizing the images of 'Solariumagelani' and the hexagonal images that recur throughout Magellan.
Gloria!

Gloria!

1979
In GLORIA! Frampton juxtaposes nineteenth-century concerns with contemporary forms through the interfacing of a work of early cinema with a videographic display of textual material. These two formal c...

1978.

1 Movie
Grand Opera: An Historical Romance

Grand Opera: An Historical Romance

1978
Grand Opera marks a stock-taking of Benning's work and his life, presenting a personal and artistic autobiography woven together with a series of events dealing with the historical development of the ...

1977.

2 Movies
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza XIV

The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza XIV

1977
Short film by Hollis Frampton
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I

The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I

1977
Hollis Frampton alludes to origins and creation as he cuts between a garden featuring a bride and groom and an 1902 film entitled "A Little Piece of String."

1976.

5 Movies
Quaternion

Quaternion

1976
"Strategy and imagery combat and aid each other in pairs. QUATERNION...a spatial figure of monumental attractions...interference...an undulating gyre. Hollis superimposes a fragmenting Muybridge-like ...
Otherwise Unexplained Fires

Otherwise Unexplained Fires

1976
"Filmed in large part during H.F.'s lecture-screening tour in the bay area: visit(s) to the Musee Mechanique, Land's End, the Cliff House. The San Francisco fog is proclaimed, as also are the cypress ...
Procession

Procession

1976
The understandable fascination with Frampton's intellect can blind one to the frequent down-home dimension of his imagery. Here, in a most rigorously formal, even mathematical procession, we see frame...
Not the First Time

Not the First Time

1976
"This film is composed of different and relatively commonplace subjects, but each image is a double exposure of two similar shots of the same subject, almost in the same position." The effect is amazi...

1975.

2 Movies
Pas de Trois

Pas de Trois

1975
An analysis of film's relationship to sexuality is based on allusions to early cinema's flicker and other aggressive qualities of the cinematic apparatus.
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I

Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I

1975
An experimental short by Hollis Frampton who films the female form during various activities.

1974.

15 Movies
Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox

1974
Filmed in a slaughterhouse in South St. Paul, MN… Frampton utilizes a shooting strategy that flattens and pictorializes a palpable space of action that includes not only cattle (now seen hanging from ...
Pan 699

Pan 699

1974
A little boy catches a frog in a short film.
Pan 697

Pan 697

1974
A cow is beheaded in a short film.
Drafts and Fragments Straits of Magellan

Drafts and Fragments Straits of Magellan

1974
Forty-nine fragments from Frampton's catalogue of 'actualities', the films from STRAITS OF MAGELLAN; DRAFTS AND FRAGMENTS, are all silent and unedited. In Frampton's version of DEMOLITION D'UN MUR (18...
Tree Over the Valley, Eaton

Tree Over the Valley, Eaton

1974
Avant-garde short
Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

1974
The operations that dislocate a film like Summer Solstice–I hope irreparably–from being a movie about the locomotion and eating habits of cows, a dairy farm document, or what have you, are finally of ...
Noctiluca

Noctiluca

1974
The first Magellan's toys.
Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

1974
Shot at a steel mill, Winter Solstice is full of outpourings of fire, of smoke, of sparks, of molten metal — all erupting against an otherwise black background in an activated pictorial space.
Pan 698

Pan 698

1974
In this short film, the camera pans across a field of flowers.
Pan 0

Pan 0

1974
Clouds roll by in a haze.
Pan 1

Pan 1

1974
In this short film, a pendulum swings until it stops.
Pan 2

Pan 2

6
1974
The light is reflected by the rain in this short film.
Pan 3

Pan 3

1974
In this short film, we are taken on a journey through a field of corn.
Pan 4

Pan 4

1974
The papers flutter in the wind in this short film.
Pan 700

Pan 700

1974
In this short film, a group of ghost-like vehicles drive by.

1973.

2 Movies
Trees in the River, Kent OH

Trees in the River, Kent OH

1973
Experimental short
Less

Less

1973
"Near the end of 1973, Frampton realized that he had not finished a single film over the course of a year. He promptly conceived and executed LESS, a doubly punning work in which a minimalist Frampton...

1972.

7 Movies
Apparatus Sum

Apparatus Sum

1972
Frampton on Apparatus Sum: "A brief lyric film of death, which brings to equilibrium a single reactive image from a roomful of cadavers."
Hapax Legomena VII: Special Effects

Hapax Legomena VII: Special Effects

1972
“The frame itself, which divides what is present to consciousness from what is absolutely elsewhere, is tempered here by the breath, tremor, heartbeat of the perceiver. People this given space, if you...
Hapax Legomena VI: Remote Control

Hapax Legomena VI: Remote Control

1972
A summary of film's historic internal conflicts, chiefly those between narrative and metric/plastic montage, and between illusionist and graphic space.
Hapax Legomena V: Ordinary Matter

Hapax Legomena V: Ordinary Matter

1972
"A vision of a journey, during which the eye of the mind drives headlong through Salisbury Cloister (a monument to enclosure), Brooklyn Bridge (a monument to connection), Stonehenge (a monument to the...
Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice

Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice

1972
Poetic Justice presents the viewer with an ordinary domestic scene: a stack of papers, a cup of coffee, and a potted cactus on a table. The sheets of paper compose a script that provides handwritten, ...
Public Domain

Public Domain

1972
"In PUBLIC DOMAIN...(Frampton) recapitulates cinema's infancy in a series of direct quotes from such notable primitive works as RECORD OF A SNEEZE (FRED OTT'S SNEEZE) and SANDOW FLEXING HIS MUSCLES, t...
Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm

1972
"After two years of massive didacticism in black-and-white [Hapax Legomena (1971-72)], I am surprised by Tiger Balm, lyrical, in color, a celebration of generative humors and principles, in homage to ...

1971.

3 Movies
Hapax Legomena IV: Travelling Matte

Hapax Legomena IV: Travelling Matte

1971
“This film metaphors an entire human life: birth, sex, death – the framing device is the fingers and palm of the maker’s hand, wherein others only attempt to read the future.” – Stan Brakhage
Hapax Legomena I: (nostalgia)

Hapax Legomena I: (nostalgia)

5.75
1971
In which the off-screen voice of Michael Snow narrates a series of Frampton's photographs, as each picture catches fire on a hot plate.
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass

Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass

1971
A man and a woman are living together. After disappearing for two days, the man returns and refuses to say where he is.

1970.

1 Movie
Zorns Lemma

Zorns Lemma

1970
Zorns Lemma is a 1970 American structuralist film by Hollis Frampton. It is named after Zorn's lemma (also known as the Kuratowski–Zorn lemma), a proposition of set theory formulated by mathematician ...

1969.

8 Movies
Lemon

Lemon

1969
Light begins to illuminate the small, nipple-like end of a lemon on the right edge of the frame and gradually spreads until the entire lemon is clearly visible. Then the light recedes across the frame...
Palindrome

Palindrome

1969
While working at a photo lab, Frampton found that the waste at both ends of the rolls of processed film—where chemicals worked on the emulsion through clips used to attach the film to the machine—prod...
Carrots & Peas

Carrots & Peas

5.33
1969
A short film by Hollis Frampton.
Artificial Light

Artificial Light

1969
There are variations on a single filmic utterance. A series of portrait shots of a group of young New York artists talking, drinking wine, laughing, smoking, informally. The individual portrait-shots ...
Black and White Film

Black and White Film

1969
“For Black and White Film, Huot created his own photographic imagery for the first time. After a few moments of darkness, a young woman (Sheila Raj) lowers a covering of some kind, slowly revealing he...
Inside Silo 11

Inside Silo 11

1969
Upward shot from the ground perspective of a silo
Prince Ruperts Drops

Prince Ruperts Drops

1969
Two repetitive, banal acts - as it were from the observe and reverse of a phenakistiscope disk - were factored and expanded into a cinema filmstrip. There is a physical demonstration of extreme intern...
Works and Days

Works and Days

1969
"I bought this film in a Canal Street junk shop for $1.00 and found myself in complete agreement with it. The ostensible pretext is the humane and practical discipline of making a vegetable garden (he...

1968.

3 Movies
Maxwell's Demon

Maxwell's Demon

5.83
1968
Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell's classic theory about the behavior of gas molecules is represented on-screen by a man performing a series of Canadian air force exercises.
Surface Tension

Surface Tension

1968
A film in three parts: a man talking while a telephone rings, a walking tour of New York, and a goldfish swimming.
Snowblind

Snowblind

1968
1968 short by Frampton

1967.

3 Movies
Heterodyne

Heterodyne

1967
"I began to make it when I had no money for raw stock and only several rolls of colored leader but nevertheless (had) the need to make or work on a film." -HF
Wavelength

Wavelength

1967
Wavelength has almost no action. The film would refer to the three character scenes if it were said to have a conventional plot. Two people are talking and listening to a song on the radio. A man dies...
States

States

1967
"No, not the United etc. but the conditions, forms in which things exist. Somewhat abstracted, a solid, a liquid and a gas: salt, milk and smoke: falling, pouring and rising are the stars of this clas...

1966.

3 Movies
Information

Information

1966
Frampton on Information: "Hypothetical 'first film' for a synthetic tradition constructed from scratch on reasonable principles, given: 1) camera; 2) rawstock; 3) a single bare lightbulb. I admit to h...
Manual of Arms

Manual of Arms

1966
In this "fourteen-part drill for the camera," Frampton created a portrait gallery of his art-world friends engaging in a variety of ordinary activities.
Process Red

Process Red

6
1966
An experimental short film by Hollis Frampton of contrasting colours.
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