installation with transparencies in plexiglass & video projection, 2012
BIG FILM is an installation in which visitors experience film as a three-dimensional object. Ladders of plexiglass hanging from the ceiling display giant blowups of individual 16mm film frames. Light passing through this forest of frames projects the images onto walls. The film from which the 16mm frames were derived, Collaboration with the Earth, projects with the installation. In this way, viewers see the same time represented in two different systems.
BIG FILM grew out of my investigations into the material properties of celluloid film and experiments with the decay of appropriated film. During the summer of 2011, I created Collaboration with the Earth, which involved cutting a 16mm moving-picture advertisement for General Electric into two-second strips, burying those strips in the ground, and then unearthing one strip of film each day for twenty days. I then pieced the film back together so viewers could witness the gradual decay of the image and sound in the film.
Eager to share the exhilarating experience of examining individual film frames which had decayed into brightly colored abstract compositions, I fashioned BIG FILM out of stills from Collaboration with the Earth. Making what was once miniscule massive, BIG FILM makes public my private encounters with my collaborators: dirt, worms, water, and other earthly forces.
Thank you to Gabe Flores and everyone at Place Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Read a review of the exhibition by Julie Jensen in Getrude Press.
Photographic documentation by Corinna Scott