The film restages
a film by Morgan Fisher, Phi Phenomenon
(1968), which addresses the optical illusion of seeing a series of still images
as continuous motion, when these are viewed in quick succession. Fisher’s film invites
viewers to see the movement of a clock’s minute-hand, which moves just too
slowly to be apprehended.
film, Phi Phenomenon 2 is shot on old
stock film, features a clock which Patrick sourced on eBay, and is the result
of multiple experiments with hand processing in a rewind tank. In Phi Phenomenon 2, Patrick brings the
materiality of film to the fore, by showing the strip of film bearing the
clock's image to be moving very fast, indeed faster than the clock’s hand
Tarrant is a filmmaker and researcher, and also Course Director of the BA (Hons) Film Practice degree at LSBU, where he teaches film theory, documentary theory and practice, and
editing and montage modules.