Two and a Half Minutes of Surface Tension

Short Takes — Mar 7, 2012

This clip is the middle section of Hollis Frampton's Surface Tension (1968). In it, we see a sped-up journey from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park in New York City. Frampton considered the bridge (along with Stonehenge) to be "one of the primary aesthetic experiences of his life," according to P. Adams Sitney. Keep your eyes peeled for that and other NYC landmarks—like the iconic bookstore the Strand, close enough to the Criterion office for lunch-hour browsing.

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