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Fall I, Los Angeles

Fall I, Los Angeles

Bas Jan Ader (in 1970)

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In 1970 Bas Jan Ader made the first of a series of films using gravity as a medium. Fall 1 shows him seated on a chair on the roof of his home in Claremont, California. He topples the chair, causing himself to fall to the ground. He loses a shoe on the way down, the chair comes to rest on the edge of the roof, and Ader disappears into the bushes around the house.

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Title Fall I, Los Angeles
Material and technique 16mm film, black and white, silent
Object type
Film > Audio-visual work > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Duration (sec) 24
Artists Kunstenaar: Bas Jan Ader
Cameravrouw: Mary Sue Andersen-Ader
Accession number 195
Credits Permanent vertoningsrecht verkregen van / Permanent exhibition rights obtained from: Mary-Sue Andersen-Ader 1992
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1992
Age artist About 28 years old
16mm film > Film (technique) > Technique > Material and technique
Black and white (film) > Image > Technique > Material and technique
Silent > Sound > Technique > Material and technique
Place of manufacture Los Angeles > California > The United States of America > North America > America
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Bas Jan Ader

Winschoten 1942 - Atlantische Oceaan 1975

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