This film has been constructed from 10,000 hand-processed still images. The generation and production of the individual images has been a complex process with two main beginning points. Firstly, I found a beginning in the practice of place: the actions and rituals with which individuals and groups refresh and resist designed spaces. The second strand of initiation is that of photographic and cinematographic practice- not only in the examination of the architecture of the moving image (the individual frame and its interstice) but in the material qualities of celluloid.
Initial images were recorded on digital videotape and Super 8 film. The process focussed on breaking down video frames (electromagnetic pulses) into discrete images, before subjecting the individual units to a variety of digital manipulations and wet darkroom techniques. The super 8 film has been given a reverse process- already existing as individual frames, these frames have been translated into digital files. The two types of files have been spliced and cut together and allocated time values in order to re-animate- to return to motion that which was still. The enrichment that takes place as part of these processes has a direct parallel with effacement that happens as people inhabit and alter urban spaces- both are palimpsests.
SITE AND FLOW
This installation was been developed in response to the site at Culture Lab. Straddling both old and new, the building is a site of temporal fracture, of a slippage into which something else emerges, with narratives flowing through and around it. The subjects of the film-Hong Kong, Paris, London- are similarly sites in which old and new spaces are fractured, spliced and transformed. On Sunday mornings, the amahs of Hong Kong transform extreme urban spaces into places of rest and leisure. In Paris, an academic makes a place for perambulation and flanerie into a place of forgetting. Commuters on a slow train snaking through London swap commerce and exchange for a silent, fragmented soap opera. Moving through the city at speed, the eye circles in a desirous chain, seeking the point of convergence. The screen responds to that site of convergence, irrupting through the fault-line of the building to offer a support for a flow of images.
This site-specific work was installed at Culture Lab during the Architecture In The Space Of Flows international conference in June 2007.