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Overall the book examines artist’s films of numerous forms but more specifically in the chapter entitled ‘Installation and its Audience’ Hamlyn discusses the effect of the installation space on the viewer. Hamlyn brings in the ideas of the sculptural concerns of the installation, “sculpture is not only spatial and actual – a real object in the real world- but it is also more strongly temporal than painting, because the experience of having to move around a sculpture reminds the spectator, through the bodily effort required to take in the object, that time is passing, that the experience is temporal.” (Hamlyn, 2003, p. 146). Here Hamlyn stresses that it is the being in a physical space and being aware of having to physically move to appreciate the installation that creates the spectator experience of the installation. One of the pieces that he refers to and analyses in this chapter is Malcolm Le Grice’s Castle 1 (1966).

Hamlyn, N. (2003). Film Art Phenomea. London: British Film Institute.

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