Sounding Images #12: Light Reading

lis rhodes

A screening programme on optical sound, sound-on-film and visual music by Kerstin Schroedinger

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 // 7:30pm // ACUD Studio


Optical sound is the soundtrack printed on analogue film read by a small light in the projector. The experimental films shown in this programme make use of the technical aspects of analogue film as the material basis for structural transformations, but these transformations move beyond the structure film as film from movement to sound, from body to light or from text to rhythm.

Obscure lines move irregularly across the frame, while noises occur that seem to be related to the stripes. Through the first scene a rhythm becomes recognisable, both in the visual movement and the audible. You can hear a series of rhythmic pulses with a purring quality. It’s not monotonic but has a limited range of maybe three notes. The low sample rate of 24 frames per second produces a harsh vibrato. The purring is produced by the frame rate and the pulsing is produced by the movement of the body: The brighter the light the louder the sound.


Light Reading
Lis Rhodes
UK, 1978
20 min, digitized version

Dresden Dynamo
Lis Rhodes
UK, 1971
5 min, 16mm

On the Threshold of Liberty
Heidi Tikka
UK, 1992
12 min, digitized version

Kerstin Schroedinger
Can/Ger, 2015
8 min, 16 mm

and extracts from works by Daphne Oram, Arseny Avraamov, Joan Jonas, and others


Image credits: Light Reading, Lis Rhodes 1978



…is an artist based in Berlin working in film/video, sound and performance. Her historiographic practice questions the means of image production, historical continuities and ideological certainties of representation. Since 2011 she is a member of the Cinenova Working Group of the feminist film distribution Cinenova in London.


Veteranenstr. 21
10119 Berlin

Doors: 7:30pm
Entrance: 4-6€