A POTENTIALITY (2020, digital, 16mm film, 16 minutes)
Winner of the Alice Guy Prize Special Mention at FID Marseille 2020. Notes from the Jury: A film which meticulously reflects upon the materiality of time following specific histories. While focusing on details, the images prevent us from accessing the whole. This gesture reflects the subject where voice has been violently stripped from the people, left silenced. The Special Mention for Prix Alice Guy goes to “A POTENTIALITY” by Dana Berman Duff.
A POTENTIALITY is a continuation of my interest in using film to shoot printed material, as in the Catalogue series. I'm especially interested in the equivalence of the film grain to the halftone print dot at the base level of the construction of reproduced image and language.
This piece is built on a graphic project by Susan Silton in which she reprinted five pages of the New York Times from the 1930s. Her project has a disturbing resemblance to present day newspaper reports.
Opera "The Emperor of Atlantis" composed in 1944 by Viktor Ulmann, libretto by Peter Kien.
Catalogue Vol.2 (2015, 08:44, b&w, sound, 16mm scanned to digital) takes as its subject the "Rugs" volume of the commercial catalogue and uses diagetic sound (actual sound in the space) to expose, in contrast to the silent images of constructed rooms, the room behind the camera. In addition, the center fold of the catalogue takes on importance as a visual clue as to the true dimensionality of the image.
Antimatter Media Art Festival, Victoria, Canada
Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image, Johnson City, New York
Experiments in Cinema Film Festival, Albuquerque
EXiS Experimental Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Alchemy Film Festival, Harwick, Scotland
“Unmade Spaces” 5-person gallery exhibition curated by Deborah de Boer at Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC Canada
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles
Slow Film Festival, Mayfield, UK