Artist Statement ⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯
In this constructed table piece I explore the materiality of film as it is translated through mini-video cameras. Titled +1 second the piece consists of a table on which sits two cranks approximately 36 inches apart. Attached to the cranks are film reels. A short, custom-edited film is attached between the reels and runs through a track directly in front of the viewer and under the three video cameras. By turning the cranks, the viewer sees the film as it passes by the three cameras as well as on three 5 by 7 inch LCD screens (connected to the cameras) that are situated on the wall directly in front of the viewer.
The content of the film (a print made from spliced found footage) addresses, among other concepts, issues of time and how it is measured. Films unique ability to fragment time into very short segments is an overall concern in + 1 second. The segments in this piece are 1 second long and are separated by a single frame.
The plasticity of motion picture stock seen through the 3 video lenses allows the viewer to experience the film and its motion in unexpected ways. The participant will realize that in order to examine a film closely, it must be taken out of its regular context. In fact, although the piece encourages movement of the film past the lenses, the specific imagery (as specific frames line up with the lenses of the cameras), is most accessible when the film is not in motion. The cameras are spaced exactly 7.5 inches apart, which is equal to 24 frames of 16mm film, which is also equal to one second of ‘filmic time’.
The overall design of the table and the mechanical apparatus (made from a salvaged film projector) is meant to emphasize transparency of process and materials.