“INVENTORY”

An inventory is a collection. A collection of the past that is remembered fondly or desperate memories of feelings unfulfilled. Some inventories are undisclosed and but some are in plain sight.

CASSETTE is a forgotten inventory. An audio memory that was found. Like the images themselves, the memory is disjointed and shaky at best. Eerie in it’s lonely wonderings with burnt memories created to remind you of where you came from, and why you probably don’t want to go back. In NIGHT WALK, the ominous distortions of light follow the journey through the night. A sense of danger. Ambiguous shapes try to form. Trying to make sense of the story, THE PRACTICE OF SEEING THE SELF follows an audio journey through a series of answering machine messages. An obsessive and neurotic tempo encompassed within the mundane messages left behind.

Memories also refer to themselves as in OMAKAGE (Remains), a stop motion film that plays with picture within the picture and the persistent and sometimes random attempts at remembering. A more romantic approach comes from PAPER MEMORIES which follows a man’s desperate search for a memory in a fight against loneliness.

But what of the collection of our natural environment? In OF A FEATHER, shot within a year in the Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh, the film briskly and thoughtfully takes you through the many flora and fauna in a methodical way. Calculating in its observation. Along with FLOW, a single shot companion piece, both films re-look at the conventions of the environmental film that you lazily glance upon in your local nature TV fare.

The memory enters a darker realm when THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF KNOWING tests the importance of how much we know of a time and place. Shot in the locations of a series of tragic events, the film ponders on how much you can get from the crumbs of the past. Dutiful and eloquent, the programme ends with A INVENTARIANTE (Inventory). A simple and eloquent remembrance from the director as she notes everyday objects of her late grandmother. All in an attempt to make an inventory request … formally. Please line up your inventory, and find a strong box to put them in. Emotional baggage is heavy.

(Notes written by Guest Programmer Chris Chong Chan Fui)

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Cassette (2011) 10:00min
Péter Lichter, Hungary
Our last class-trip was at the end of sixth grade in April 1997.
After this we did not see each other for years. One of us took a dictaphone with himself on this trip. Recently we have come across the recording by chance.

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Flow (2011) 3:13min
Chew Win Chen, Malaysia
Humans leave traces throughout their life. The surroundings are often neglected and swept away by the waves of modernization. All footage and audio in this video are recorded at Kampung Sungai Batu, Kedah, Malaysia.

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The Practice of Seeing the Self (2011) 2:24min
Soyeon Jung, Korea/USA
The Practice of Seeing the Self is a voyeuristic viewing of the self. In the video, the identification of “the Red Car” stands in for the narrator, who is simultaneously present and absent in two places. Messages recovered from the voice mail of a mobile phone are set against an image of a street scene, surveilled remotely through the gaze of a home security camera. In the inability of these modern methods of monitoring to definitively locate “the Red Car,” it becomes the absent presence of an abstract, in‐between space constructed by technology and geography.

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Night Walk (2011) 9:15min
Debora Bernagozzi, USA
Bernagozzi recorded a walk at night through a village in rural New York. With intense image processing, uneventful spaces in the journey disappear while other moments happen repeatedly, rupturing time, synthesizing into something new. Jitter was used to split the video into 4 copies playing at different speeds controlled through oscillators. Repeating this process multiple times, feeding the 4 layer footage back through the system and adjusting colors, the number of layers increased exponentially. Night Walk 4 contains 256 layers.

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Remains (Omakage) (2010) 6:00min
Maki Satake, Japan
My grandfather who was a photographer died about ten years ago. He left many forgotten photographs when I was a child.

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The Impossibility of Knowing (2010) 11:31min
Tan Pin Pin. Singapore
The Impossibility of Knowing was born out of the humble realisation that there is no way one can know everything significant about Singapore. The documentary visits and films locations where crimes or accidents have taken place, long after the events have happened to find out if these places can transcend time toengender their own significance. They cannot. These places only have meaning is so far that they have meaning in relation to individuals or communities. And meaning has to be teased out with research and further questioning. Moreover, one locale can bear infinite shades of meaning for different people.

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Of a Feather (2011) 10:00min
Rob Yeo, USA
Of a Feather is a lyrical portrait of the vibrant force of life, filmed during the course of a year in a major North American wetland. My son loves birdwatching and I share his interest. On many mornings, he and I travelled to Horicon Marsh, in Wisconsin, to see and hear the birds as they migrated through the region. I brought my 16mm camera and continued to film and record sound for the next year. Of a Feather is a record of that time and my impression of the life cycle of this remarkable natural environment.

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Paper Memories (2010) 7:25min
Theo Putzu, Spain
An Old man search for happiness in old photos…. two worlds divided by the inability to dream…

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Inventory (2010) 7:00min
Patricia Francisco, Brazil
The film director herself chooses and shows twelve of the everyday objects owned by her dead grandmother in order to make an inventory request.

“THE HORROR”

There is anticipation in the root of film. Around the corner and behind the bookshelf, something is coming. Something is there. SLICK HORSING sucks on your fear. A horror flickering with anticipation. Shocking neon colors frighten you to keep your eyes open. But keep it open you must, as the fish in the WICKATE may be watching. Nostalgia is horrific as a monster in WICKATE watches as a family sits to enjoy a meal. Is the horror in our gluttony or is it in the fish head soup?! Actually, we are the main course!

In anticipation comes tension. A waiting. Perhaps an explosion is pending as shown in CRACKED. Something bad is about to happen, so let’s wait and see. See if the tight rope walker makes it to the other side as CIELO presents in a single shot. We marvel and we anticipate. A walker on a rope is a figure in the clouds, but liberty never falls.

But is the anticipation in the observation? A private act made oddly public, or a religious act made oddly casual. RE-BANHO (Wash-Herd) becomes a video that documents the act of a cleanse, but also a video that is an act in itself. But in I’M GOING TO MAKE A CAKE, the artist pulls your gaze in to meditate with her while the video mediates the experience of endurance. The act of observation is also an experiment, but what ifthe alteration of that view is pushed up and down like in VACUUM? An experiment in measuring your sightline makes you grab for the Gravol.

As with all cinematic traditions, a musical interlude is required. WORKOUT and TECHNO TOOLS act as such. A playful interlude in the otherwise horrific, tension-filled, oddity of films in this programme. Enjoy the horror.

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Slick Horsing (2010) 2:44min
Kiron Hussain, UK
A fragmented allegory. A portrait — one woman kindling her photo-sensitive epilepsy.

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Cracked (2011) 3:06min
Angelica Piedrahita, Colombia
The conflictive forces between control and liberation form cracks. Although, what is control? Why are we afraid to loose it? What is liberation? Why is so seductive? The video explores the tension moments of objects loosing its stability. Depicting explosion of repressed immobile stages and its liberation through breakdowns.

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Re-Banho (Wash-Herd) (2010) 11:24min
Tales Frey, Portugal
The original name of this work is “Re-banho” (Portuguese), which means “wash again”. It also means “herd”. Two ideas in one word. Nietzche said that the “morality in Europe today is herd animal morality”. Nietsche’s words continue to reverberate. This work expresses how the christian morality creates shame and guilt over freedom of the subject. This action is performed by six people who wash their bodies in front of a church. The bodies are not revealed. Everyone washes his/her own body while clothed.

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Vacuum (2011) 2:33min
Kuo Hsin Hui, Taiwan
“VACUUM” is an absentminded description of a common anxiety within contemporary mindscape. This idea is expressed through the digital manipulation of a “FAKE” swing image movement: copy, reverse.The author creates a sequence from point A to point B in an arc movement, lets the camera shoot toward the fulcrum (the viewing platform itself) to start an observation. Then, this is joined with the same sequence in reverse, so the motion become A-B-A. The content goes from the starting point to the origin, and time keeps going.This composition is repeated 24 times, the whole process could be imagined as a time history of a day.

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Techno Tools (2011) 5:46min
Jean Michel Rolland, France
Confrontation of the movements and sounds of six tools (saw, drill, hammer, chisel, sand paper and stapler). The absence of any message or any desire of narration gives free rein to purely plastic and auditory experiment based on collage and
rhythm.

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Cielo (2010) 3:35min
Diego Castillo Brieva, Colombia
“Cielo”, is the latest in a series of three videos called “En tránsito” that took place during a period of time where every situation, required an embodied and emotional displacement. This series refers to phenomenologicals situations where we encounter events that deserve to be remembered.

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I’m going to make a cake (2010) 3:30min
Chan Seauhuvi, Malaysia
“However, sadness is part of human nature. To let it go… that’s not a bad thing.” (Szymborska)

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Wickate (2011) 8:30min
Niralji Ravishanker, Malaysia
“Wickate” is a short about a family of three having fish for dinner with their pet fish watching them eat. Soon things start to be out of the norm as plot line builds to a chaotic atmosphere. Completed as a black and white color visual, this project aims to tackle the film noir atmosphere incorporating the look and feel of an old film with the blend of some contemporary editing techniques.

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Workout (2011) 4:13min
Tina Willgren, Sweden
I believe that every object possesses certain power. Not in a strictly superstitious way, but in how they guide our thoughts into different directions. Training clothes evoke the concept of exercise. Their empty forms are ghostly reminiscences of human beings. The leftover training clothes of this video are working out.

“PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTIONS”

Watch and be heard. This applies to both the artist and those who observe the artist’s work, the audience. The audience is the spectacle. In BUST CHANCE,the reaction of how we see a performance becomes more interesting then the event itself. But as the spectacle enters, the performance is plopped upon its ivory tower. Even if we don’t want to … we watch. The same can be said of New York and its bright lights, big city personae. I, TOURIST, NY offers us the generic tourism videos and equally generic film industry clips of this infamous city but then spirals down to the mad-lands the tourists must face. When tourists bring a camera, does it mean they only leave footprints?

Can two films be so closely linked as THE MEN and WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER? A companion piece like no other, both riveting in its opposites. THE MEN becomes a claustrophobic moment of intimacy which the audience may want to push away from. How intimate do you want to be with a character of a film? Feeling man-handled? Just look at how an audience member deals with the issue of intimacy in the next film. In WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER, the camera is flipped. An audience is being watched. A proud Father engages with his son and with the camera.

If too close is too much, AGAINST CINEMA doesn’t give you an inch. Made up entirely of found footage, the film has cut together a series of moments where the characters on screen are turned away. The gall of the filmmaker to withhold the satisfaction of seeing the face! The audience needs it’s moment of time with the character, but the film doesn’t pander. An equally challenging work, that seems similar to a hand-processed work, comes from RESONANCE. A film of copper sun-stroked flickers in light. Mimicking random order through bars of light; challenging the audience to find the direction of the sun.

Epic in it’s presentation, both in sight and in sound, A RIPE VOLCANO precisely manicures images together with a soundscape that alludes to another city, or perhaps another time and place. Peaceful in it’s subject. Maddening in its graphic nature. The fight begins. Release the sound.

Now, leave the audience alone and let it watch in peace. Peace.


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I, Tourist, NY (2010) 6:22min
Angelica Piedrahita, ColumbiaThis video builds an atmosphere of New York City as “the hyper visualized city”. Set of millions of movies seen around the world and almost 47 millions of tourists a year, anxious to take pictures. A constant allegory to popular culture and space build through globalized imaginaries. Exploring the iconic surface of the city in a constant confrontation with its deeper layers. The sequence contains images and audios from movies; shots of the touristic sites and pop culture imagery that mingle with the touristic-artistic experience.

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Bust Chance (2010) 7:00min
Stephanie Barber, USAThe audience’s engagement with the smallest subtleties and less than (usually considered) spectacular elements of theater is impressive and speaks volumes on the patience and acuity of modern viewers. Their finely tuned sense of humor and rapt and continuous focus warms the cynics’ icy exterior. Likewise, the feedback loop of mutual artistic understanding and respect from the performing elements and receptive viewers, and back again, fortifies those who wish to love art and believe it must have revolutionary value. All are satisfied and feel good in the showing of satisfaction.

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Resonance (2010) 3:00min
Karen Johannesen, USAIn physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with larger amplitudes at some frequencies than at others. These are known as the system’s resonant frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy.

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Against Cinema (2010) 9:00min
Alberto Cabrera Bernal, SpainThrough the use of found footage from an assortment of sources, fiction films and documentaries, those moments in which actors turn their backs to the camera are shown, making the film a clear aggression to narrative cinema.

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The Men (2010) 3:15min
Charles Fairbanks, USAThe Men documents the fighter’s perspective in submission wrestling: an immersive experience between intimacy and violence.

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Wrestling With My Father (2010) 4:30min
Charles Fairbanks, USAMy father was a wrestler before me. You never stop being a wrestler.

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A Ripe Volcano (2010)15:00min
Taiki Sakpisit, ThailandA Ripe Volcano is an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption of emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time.

 

A Ripe Volcano (2010)15:00min
Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand
A Ripe Volcano is an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption of emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time.