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Three Transitions

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Campus, Peter

1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 5 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 5 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (D3) (ca 5 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (VHS) (ca. 5 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 5 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Includes a 2" master, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening tapes.

In "Three Transitions" Peter Campus uses video techniques to create illusions, wherein his image is erased and sometimes reconstructed. Campus, wearing a yellow blazer, walks up to a wall of yellow paper with his back to the viewer. An image from the other side of this "wall" is superimposed, so that a knife appears to slice through his back. As he cuts a hole in the paper wall, he disappears and reappears through the hole at the same time, then tapes it up and walks away. In the second vignette, Campus rubs his face, "erasing" the image as he goes to reveal another image of his face beneath himself. In the third transition, an outstretched piece of paper bears Campus' reflection. Setting fire to this paper, he slowly obliterates his own image.

National Endowment for the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation

Campus, Peter

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