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.
WORK SAMPLES 2021-22 COLA
Video clip [click on arrow]: from Lament for a Lost Bird Song, in progress, CGI. 40-second clip from a 3-minute video in Birdsong installation — in progress (2022).
Proposal sketch for part 1 of Birdsong (2022). Sounds of local birds play continuously. Lights raise and lower every 10 minutes when video illuminates one wall for 3 minutes with singing mouse.
Audio [click on arrow]: Birdsong (2022), part 2 proposal: mockingbirds in the park mimic the extinct bird's call.
Mockup: Sabina in the Afterworld (2023) Oratorio with animated projections, live chorus, and cello quartet.
Installation shot from 2019 What Does She See When She Shuts Her Eyes. 2-Channel video with sound, plus sculptures. Collaboration with Sabina Ott (1955-2018), who died in the middle of planning the exhibition.
Video [click on arrow]: 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.
Video [click on arrow]: 1-minute excerpt of Mishap (2011) 3-channel looping video installation.
Video still: Catalogue Vol.3, (2017, Digital, CGI, 02:43). Third in a series of thirteen films on the topic of the RH mercantile catalogue.
Film still from Catalogue Volume 10, (2017, Digital video and 16mm film, color and B&W, sound, 05:40). Text from George Perec's "Things: a Novel of the Sixties"
Still from Catalogue Vol.6 (2016, 11:30, B&W, sound, 16mm film on digital scan) Shot using the RH “Interiors” catalogue while audio from a horror movie played in the studio. The film clips were then organized as a tour through the rooms of a house: foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, bath, ending at the bedroom.