A 20 minute 16mm film which explores the materiality of film and the body. ‘Blind Light’ is a film exploring the materiality of film and the body. The film experiments with light and narration, bringing voice to
our relationship with light, film and spectatorship. It is an example of Pucill’s longstanding – and ongoing - engagement with the
relationship between the subjective, the autobiographic, and the form, process and materiality of the medium of film.
It is filmed in the artist’s London loft studio. From within this space Pucill produces images by controlling the light she allows into
the frame. She lifts the blinds or pulls them shut, applies filters to the lens or removes them, opens wide the aperture or closes
it. Each performance, each action threatens the image as it shifts in and out of ‘proper’ exposure until it disappears completely.
The camera throughout is set to face a window, focusing either on it or on the sky. The artist narrates her camera operation
while referencing a state of being, or describing what it is like to see what she and the viewer are seeing. ‘I can’t look’, she says
‘the clouds are coming in’, ‘there’s been no rain for weeks’, ‘the eye burns, swells, looses focus and disappears in a stream’.
Blind Light is a single screen film for cinema and gallery, shown from a projector or DVD.
Funded by AHRC (£20,000) and ACE (£5000). It is distributed by Lux, BFI, and distributors in Paris, Toronto and USA.