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Shot in 16 mm, Enigmatic Whisper was filmed in the studio of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) in Roxbury, Connecticut. The film draws a portrait of one of the protagonists of twentieth-century art through images of his studio, his tools and work materials—conserved as Calder left them. In alternating shots—from the garden, filtered through the reflection of its windows, or indeed filmed inside the studio—Enigmatic Whisper focusses on one of Calder’s mobiles—kinetic sculptures that are among his most iconic works—still hanging from the ceiling of the studio (Untitled, ca. 1968). Whereas time seems to have been suspended in the studio, the sculpture is seen slowly spinning—besides the absent Calder, a protagonist of the film.
Film commissioned and produced by Calder Foundation, New York, in collaboration with Victoria Brooks. © Rosa Barba. Alexander Calder, Untitled, c. 1968 © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York, all rights reserved.