75,000 ( (()) ) Emblems


Performance Lecture, 1 hr 30 mins (2019)

Text, still images, videos, x2 projectors, mirrors,
‘archeological’ tools and chalkboard


A

                travelogue performance-lecture that wanders and meanders through subjects of history, archaeology, memory and cinematic time. It’s made up of a digressive text, an archive of still images, video vignettes and found sound; drawing from literary references as well as the legacies of structural film and expanded cinema.

Part-fiction, part-travelogue, the storyteller traverses parts of the Mediterranean and South America (Istanbul, Catalhoyuk, the Cyclades, Athens and Tehuantepec).

75,000 looks at:::::
Hollis Frampton’s text A Stipulation of Terms from Maternal Hopi (a fiction disguised as an archæological report about a rudimentary form of proto-cinema found in an underground cave in Mexico (you can access that here)) as well as these things:::::

       /       The very first mirrors created in Ancient Anatolia
         /        The ‘cinematic architecture’ of Bernard Tschumi
      /       Sergei Eisenstein’s montage diagrams
       /       The capacity of LIDAR images

                                       etc.



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Video Documentation/Teaser 







Performance Photo Documentation


Slides From Performance


Performance Photo Documentation





Towards Unordering and Doubt


Short Film (2019)
18mins


Doubt, put precisely, is a powerful thing  

John Berger

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                                                  This film (indirectly... kind of) tries to think about western society’s adopted notions of the great historical narrative -- a longer lasting (macro-)politics -- how we think about landscape -- and the one-thing-followed-by-the-other notion of time we live by. This is done through the lens of protagonists within protagonists  

    .    A forgotten Roman wall by a car park IS consumed by an old railway viaduct

        ..  A series of atlases with colonial ideology within their painted ‘cloud’ forms

            ...    An endless network of mosses, lichens and liverworts that mutter historical accounts to each other, and a researcher with a scanner.


With documentary and fiction-film elements, it is an essay film (of sorts) that infers literary and cinematic traditions (yawn) to combine lyrical reflection with slow and poetic images.

The film also draws on a project made from 1924 called The Mnemosyne Atlas by historian and theorist Aby Warburg. The Atlas was a radically different way of looking at history and a kind of proto-cinema. It essentially consisted of photographic reproductions of paintings, etchings, other visual relics of the past... on large black panels. Yet they were also organised 'sensuous-intuitively’ - or without order, without linearity ----- jumping back and forward in time 
                                           
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Video Documentation/Teaser 














Performance Photo Documentation


Slides From Performance


Performance Photo Documentation






An Anticipated Meeting


HD Video (2018)
Stereo Sound
5’27’’



A short video adapted from a short story of the same name. Image and text are not aligned so much as separated on interweaving paths that at any one time may intersect. In the moments between them - the narrator and the director - we are asked to question the future of antiquity, art, museums, and those that govern them. The unseen protagonists each represent an inevitable dualism: art’s transformative affect and the neoliberal careerism that has done so well to usurp it.

Taking cues from Jorge Luis Borges and W.G. Sebald, the text creates slippages between moments in time and space, like the muddied interplay between perception and memory in a museum. The still images of the film are personal photographs, reproductions of artworks and archival images - the majority of which were reproduced from the Warburg Institute, London.



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Selected Screenings and Exhibitions:

British Film Institute, London (Selected for Annual Kingston University Screenings)










i give it you back when i finish the lunch tea


HD Video (2017)
Stereo Sound
5’12’’


A love letter to a vicarage garden I knew briefly - in the hairy eardrum of Ivor Cutler - through the eyes of my little sister.


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Selected Screenings and Exhibitions:

Corelli Hotel, London, 2018