Degrees of Limitation

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1982, 3 mins., 16mm film, silent

Playing with the mechanics of a hand-wound 16mm Bolex film camera, Scott Stark suggests that the limitations of human achievement are often self-imposed, and even comical. He first wound the camera's motor only one crank, turned on the camera, and ran up one of San Francisco’s steepest hills until the camera stopped running, about one second later. He then returned to the camera, wound it two cranks and repeated the process, returning each time to add one more crank to the wind and running uphill again, each time getting a bit farther. Will he ever make it all the way to the top before the film runs out? The entire film was shot in about 15 minutes.