INTO THE MENDICANT

 

In the 1930’s, Jean Cocteau, after making  “Le Sang d’un poéte”, famously exclaimed: “Film will not become an artistic medium until it is as easy to execute as picking up a pencil and writing on a piece of paper”   I once read an American translation of this: “Film will not become an artistic medium until it is as inexpensive to do, as picking up a pen and writing on a piece of paper”

In this project I investigate both.

 

 

 

In a practice where I am dependent on the generosity of others in objects, sounds and words spoken, the work is triggered by small material objects. Trinkets I find around my house or studio, that I discover in flea markets around Oslo, or are lent or given to me by friends or strangers. I mix this with samples of impressionable words and sounds passing by.

Animating the inanimate objects. Inducing them with movement and purpose. Trying to discover their inherent magic. Placing depth and meaning there.

 

 

 

 

Sightlines shift when you let go of the planning and presentation stages in a project. Depending on the unexpected. Sailing away on the interaction with others.

Becoming aware of rhythms and patterns in this “povera”.

 

 

 

 

For the project I have 3-4 setups in my studio with different lighting and photographic positions. I go from one to the other and tend these patches, ..much like a farmer would do.

Its time-consuming work, and it can often be frustrating to restrain the urge to just produce a piece. Calming the feelings and wait for something (or someone) to come by on its, or their, own accord to advance the project.

Fortunately the only thing needed is a SPACE to work in with a basic toolset of soft and hardware. TIME to focus on the work and gain knowledge in the tools. And ELECTRICITY of course, to ignite the digital on-and-off‘s of this particular world.