Visible Inventory 6: Motel Dissolve (1978)
Visible Inventory 6: Motel Dissolve is a space of time filled with moving ... the camera coolly surveys the interiors of motel rooms in which the filmmaker stayed during semi-annual transcontinental auto trips. Superimposed over the screen image are the names of the towns in which the rooms are located and the car's odometer reading at each location. Otherwise, these homogenous accommodations lack locational cues.
The sound track consists of two Gertrude Stein texts: American I Came and Here I Am and American Food and American Houses, both from 1935. The film counterpoints printed word, spoken text, and photographs giving the viewer the alternate options of reading, viewing and listening.
Funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
running time: 14 min. color optical sound 16mm film
available for rental as 16mm optical sound film
note: The film begins with 1 min. 45 sec. of black screen with sound only and no picture.