Publication Details

Ihlein, L. M. "Attending to Anthony McCall's Long Film for Ambient Light." Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History. 1 ed. Ed.A. Heathfield & A. Jones. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012, 333-346.


In March 2007, The Teaching and Learning Cinema, an artist group from Sydney, Australia, coordinated by Louise Curham and myself, recreated the conditions for a contemporary experience of Anthony McCall's Long Film for Ambient Light (1975). Long Film for Ambient Light is a work of Expanded Cinema, comprising the bare minimum elements required for "film": light, time, a screen, and an audience. Here I discuss some aspects of this recreation, with particular focus on the compilation of an "experiential document" as a way of understanding how the work affected individuals who encountered it.