Catalogue is a silent 9-minute 16mm film that consider the time it takes to look at desirable objects for sale in a mainstream catalogue of designer furniture knock-offs. The catalogue presents de-saturated photographs of staged rooms shot and printed to resemble sets for film-noir era movies. This mediation hypothetically increases the objects' desirability by picturing them in a nostalgic historical moment that is, in fact, fictional. In these pictures, copies of designer furniture are indistinguishable from original pieces. In an effort to insert subjectivity, feeling, into the structure of duration, the film became a documentary of the filmmaker’s looking; each cut was determined by the rise and decay of desire for the object or for the image itself.
Desire is learned. Desire is cultivated. It’s a habit formed through continuous repetition of a particular class of interactions. Desire is the most important of all industrial products. — Gene Youngblood
Choosing that the duration of each shot be derived from my own subjectivity, my desire for the image or the object in the image, is meant to be tongue-in-cheek for according to Youngblood, there’s no such thing truly subjective desire: desire is a matter of capitalist conditioning. Hence, the catalogue at which the camera gazes is producing in me the feelings from which the structure of cutting is derived, feelings, it turns out, which are not really mine. It’s a tautology, a loop, a hamster wheel.
Official Selection of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, EXiS Experimental Film Festival (Seoul South Korea), Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, Canada), Cairo Video Festival, Timishort Festival (Timișoara, Romania), Filmmakers Festival (Milan), AXWFF (New York City), Onion City Experimental Film Festival (Chicago), Northwest Film Forum (Seattle), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln, Another Experimental Film Festval by Women (NYC), LaborBerlin microcinema (Berlin), among other settings.