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David Rodowick Collection

Experimental filmmaker D.N. Rodowick has always thought beyond the frame. In his prolific and interdisciplinary career as curator, writer, philosopher, and professor, among other things, Rodowick has elevated the medium to unseen realms. His digital moving image works that play with light, color, shadow and the perception of images are in a collection of twenty-seven distributed by Light Cone in Paris. Rodowick is also represented by gallery Campagne Premiere Berlin. Along with photographer Victor Burgin, Rodowick was awarded a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship in 2016 by the Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago where he is a Distinguished Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.

Perhaps just as revered as his film explorations are his cache of philosophical and academic ponderings of the medium. He is the author of numerous essays and eight books, including most notably What Philosophy Wants from Images (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Elegy for Theory (Harvard University Press, 2014), and his newest book An Education in Judgement: Hannah Arendt and the Humanities, which will be published in 2021.

For Rodowick, moving images have a virtual life, and that is what gives them inherent ability to produce meaning. In his films, the moving image is commensurate with a distinct kind of ephemeral and eternal, creation. Wen Zhuang

About the Collection

The David Rodowick Collection contains prints, negatives, and sound materials for films Rodowick created in the later 1970s and early 1980s, including Combat Zone (1979), La Rue Sans Peur (3 Propositions) (1980), Southcote Road: Frame Displacement (1982), and Observing Enemy Movements (1980-1981). A list of cataloged titles can be found in the Harvard Library catalog here.

A number of Rodowick's films can be streamed on the artist's Vimeo page. Additional information can be found on the artist's website, and distribution is managed by Light Cone.