WORK SAMPLES 2021-22 Guggenheim
Mockup of installation and live performance: Sabina in the Afterworld (2023) Oratorio with animated projections, live chorus, and cello quartet.
Lament for a Lost Bird, work in progress (2022), CGI. 38-second clip from 3-minute video in the Birdsong installation at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles: a gallery installation for one viewer to rest and listen to bird songs—with video of an original song for the extinct Santa Barbara Song Sparrow sung by a mouse. Outside in the park, mockingbirds will learn to imitate the song sparrow's call from recorded simulations, bringing the lost bird back to life (with assistance from the Cornell Ornithology Lab). https://www.danaduff.com/bird-song-room
3-minute simulation of 2019 installation in Chicago and Hawick, Scotland of What Does She See When She Shuts Her Eyes . Collaboration with Sabina Ott on the theme of her impending death from cancer. Simulation showing the action across two screens with viewer at center. Sound: A.J.McClenon; haiku: Stephanie Barber.
Image: Installation shot from 2019 What Does She See When She Shuts Her Eyes, Apect/Ratio Chicago. 2-channel video with sound, plus sculptures. Collaboration with Sabina Ott (1955-2018), who died during the planning of the exhibition.
A POTENTIALITY (2020, digital, 16mm film, 16 minutes) (Note: First 7.5 minutes are silent)
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."
Clips fromThe Gringas (2013, 59:45 minutes, Mexico/USA, HD digital video)
A highly subjective record from the filmmaker's friendship with the family of a teenage German-American-Mexican girl growing up in poverty in rural Mexico set around the planning of her quinceañera and its aftermath. https://www.danaduff.com/the-gringas