Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Un Voyage en Mer du Nord, 1973-74

This silent 16mm film by Marcel Broodthaers based upon the French book with the same title holds a nostalgic and poetic, but still pedagogic document to the history of seamanship. Dividing and at the same pairing the past and the modern, painting and photo but also shipping and the sea as the main commercial route in the ninetheenth century versus the modern sailing as a leisure activity in the twentieth century. The paging of the images shows a linear shape to the film, but the narrative itself is more or less a non-linear narrative and structualist way of filmmaking that undermines the narrative function: The story that doesn't really tell a story. The form can resemble a slide show and is thus also challenging the media of film by using still images - a display of the pages in a book as the holding visual element.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Making my own opto-electrical synthesis

Rough sketch for a piece in my next project to be presented at Rom 8 in Bergen, Norway November 6th-15th.

A 16mm Steenbeck editing table in the center of the installation displays a film loop of waves filmed at Hoek van Holland May 2009.
The waves goes on to sound by a opto-electrical synthesis connected to the screen picking up the differences in the light density and transforms the amount of light to voltage and sound. You are then hearing the sound of the waves simultaneously while watching the loop.
On the editing table itself there is attached an old fashioned EKG, electrocardiograph, that normally measures the electrical activity in the heart of a person and records such activity as a visual trace. This EKG picks up electrical impulses from the editing table and conveys those signals to wave shaped graphs on paper. The paper continues to flow from the EKG producing waves of paper out in the gallery space.
Like this the waves will go through several stages; first as light and photons to sound waves to electrical impulses to waves scribbled by the EKG to wave shaped paper.

Still image from the 16mm film loop.