‘Expanded cinema’ was a term used to describe films presented on many screens simultaneously. Its aim was to make visible aspects of the medium normally employed ‘transparently’. It demanded that the spectator reflect on the means of image-making. 

Films showing in this section: 

2:11 - Malcolm LeGrice After Manet 1973

Malcolm LeGrice After Manet 1973

53 minutes. Collection: Artist 

Re-working the theme of the celebrated painting by Edouard Manet of a lunch party on the grass, Malcolm Le Grice questions ‘the conceptual relationship of the camera to the scene in spatial terms’. Over four screens, he explores cinema’s palette – positive and negative, black and white and colour, silence and sound, static and moving camera – and demands that the viewer construct their own synthesis of the scene from these views. 


Malcolm Le Grice was born in 1940. He studied at Slade School of Art, London. He founded the London Filmmakers’ Co-op workshop in the late 1960s, at the same time introducing film to fine art students at St Martins School of Art and Goldsmith’s College, London. He has balanced his continuing practice as a filmmaking artist with campaigning for the artform in print, in his books Abstract Film and Beyond 1977 and Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age (BFI) 2001, in higher education, and in committees at the British Film Institute and the Arts Council. His most recent works have been digital video installations.