David Perry is one of Australia's most significant moving image artists. In a career spanning over forty years, innovation figures emphatically: in his role in the pioneering avantgarde film group Ubu; teaching video and television techniques and making important video art in the formative days of the medium; and in his continued creation of complex experimental film works.
The Refracting Glasses
(of time; distance; narrative; technology)
Constant Malernik, artist and filmmaker, is obsessed by the history of the Russian revolution. He makes images in homage to artists of the twentieth century, especially the constructivist V.E.Tatlin. He travels to New York, then to his past in Australia where he meets the notorious fakes, Ern and Ethel Malley. With his partner Lydia he travels to Russia at the time of the overthrow of the Communist Party. In Russia, Malernik films Lydia’s first meeting with her family. He also unearths some little-known facts about Tatlin’s flying machine, the Letatlin.