Collaboration with the Earth

16mm film transferred to digital video, 2011 

1 minute & 12 seconds with text, 50 seconds without text

During the summer of 2011, I created Collaboration with the Earth, which involved cutting a 1970s era 16mm moving-picture advertisement for General Electric into two-second strips, burying it in the groud, and then unearthing one strip of film each day for twenty days.  I then pieced the film back together so viewers can witness the gradual decay of the image and sound in the film.  The result is an array of brightly colored abstract compositions borne of my collaboration with dirt, worms, water, and other earthly forces.

process documentation from Collaboration with the Earth