Light Music


Tate: Presented by Tate Members 2012

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To make this artwork, Rhodes composed a ‘score’ comprised of drawings that were printed onto filmstrip. They form abstract patterns of black and white lines onscreen. As the bands of light and dark pass through the projector they are ‘read’ as audio, creating an intense soundtrack. This creates a direct relationship between what we see and what we hear. The crossing projection beams achieve a sculptural quality within the space, encouraging us to move through and interact with the light beams. This is an early example of expanded cinema, in which viewers are both spectators and participants.







Lis Rhodes – 'An Opposition to Commercial Cinema' via Tate's YouTube channel

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23 October 2022

ACMI: Gallery 3



Lis Rhodes

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Light Music and Weights of Light


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Light → Light Music and Weights of Light


25 mins

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16mm black-and-white film, shown as video, 2 projections, dual mono sound

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