When a screen gets in contact with David Wharry`s films, it becomes a photosensitive membrane that, like an "Optogram" (an image imprinted on the retina), registers the surrounding action. The screen works, then, as a memory mechanism, a record of Wharry's actions, unveiling the inner-senses of his humorous cinematic charades. It was in the late seventies that the author created "General Picture", a series of episodes built from the rubble of “noir” and mystery films. This body of work is a bright and mysterious plot on the foundations of the moving image. “Phæton” is one of the few episodes of "General Picture" which can be viewed independently. In this short film, Wharry makes us focus on the space between the retina and the eyelid to reveal the origin of the image and the birth of the otherness.
Oporto is a studio and a non-profit screening room located in Lisboa. Occupying the headquarters of a former Merchant Sailors Union, Oporto projects from time to time a single unique experimental video or film. The program is extremely slow as the selection of the pieces screened is made on an overall idea of an exquisite corpse . The space is
programed by artist Alexandre Estrela and sponsored by GAU- Gestão de Audiovisuais