Netherlands - 2013/2015 - N&B - double-screen - stereo sound - 20 min
Shooting format : 16mm
Directed by Karel Doing
Expanded cinema performance with Oiseaux-Tempête
Live soundtrack by Oiseaux-Tempête
Frederic D. Oberland // electric guitar, alto sax
Stéphane Pigneul // bass VI, analog delay
Ben Mc Connell // drums, percussion
Karel Doing. // 16mm projector sound, field recordings
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Double screen series of 5 films. Each piece is constructed in the form of the palindrome; a sequence of elements which appear the same when perceived both forwards and backwards. Editing was done through a process using chance as well as precise measurement. The films are all made with ostensibly useless materials; paper cut-outs, artificial hair, discarded negatives, old newspapers and found footage. By using cheap materials and redundant 16mm technology the films escape from the money driven film industry and become handmade, living objects.
Additionally, in two of the five pieces locations appear that are designed to express impenetrable power. By deconstructing these locations with the aid of mirrors, animation techniques and double exposures they become playfull, active spaces. Reading the image becomes an active game, with sequences that appear upside-down, forward-backward and in negative and positive. The variability of the spatial set-up of the two screens, the projectors running in and out of sync and live mixing of optical and pre-recorded sound are adding a performative, expanded element.
The 5 different parts were given palindromic names: RotatoR, 13.31, LeveL, TestseT, and OXO XOXO.
2015: International Film Festival, Worm, Rotterdam
2104: CRAK Festival, église Saint-Merry, Paris