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.
Made for the exhibition "Strange Attractors" at the New Museum in New York City, which centered on the topic of chaos and chaos theory. "Comforter" is constructed as a bed quilt with a particular pattern silkscreen printed on the cotton fabric. The image is the result of a graphic combination using an optical illusion called the Fraser spiral illusion, first described by the British psychologist Sir James Fraser (1863–1936) in 1908. The overlapping black arc segments appear to form a spiral; however, the arcs are in fact a series of concentric circles. The Fraser spiral has a plaid-like pattern that, to me, was reminiscent of Leave It to Beaver's pajamas, which led me to the image of bed and home. The graphic is overlaid with images from the protesting crowds at Tianamen Square taken recently, and puffy clouds that bunched and roiled like the heads of the people. Hence the images depicted on the object of comfort are hardly comforting.
"Comforter" 1990, silkscreen on cotton/stuffing/satin, 68" x 86"