In the 1930’s, after making “Le Sang d’un poéte”, Jean Cocteau 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”
An Amercian translation I once read of this was: “..as inexpensive to make as picking up a pen and writing on a piece of paper”
I try to investigate both.
I started this project in a period some years ago, where I travelled extensively and was unable to work at my normal praxis. I had to grab whatever possibilities there where.
Sampling sound and images whilst traveling or waiting for it. Early morning walks in unknown places. Small gaps in the schedule before breakfast or meetings etc.
Images, texts and sound, with poetic intent, are written, sampled and evolved in conjunction with each other. Simultaneously. By one “hand” or one sentiment. Traditionally multi-medial collaborations, shaped into “one-hand” expressions.
Kneading it… like sculpting with clay. Now from the sound or the text-side, now from the image-side. Hopefully achieving “oneness” or coherence in the processes.
I like words. Words not used as weapons or for empowerment. The words I like are intuitive orderings of thoughts. Reflections on the human condition. I experiment with the reading of the texts. Sometimes fascinated with the inaudibility or my english pronunciation.
The soundscapes are mostly made by sampling my own voice or by making sounds from instruments I do not know how to play. (A discipline I am developing). Surprised, but trying to be prepared when fortuitous sounds appear. I also frequently listen to, and use, the wonderful free samples given away with some music magazines.
New ideas, intuitions and development in my skills, have constantly disrupted and changed solutions I thought were final.
I needed frequent deadlines to break this project into manageable sizes, so I published a new piece, here on this page, on the 1. of every month in both 2013 and 2014
The plan is now to polish and finish. remix and publish the project late 2015.
Wherever you go …there you are
Practicalities: (for the especially interested) The “films” are sequenced digital stills photographs. I use two Nikon D2H’s I own and an IR-modified D3 I borrow. I often dream of other cameras, but these are within my budget. Outlived their demand by the photographic community, but built like tanks and able to fire short bursts at 9 fps in slightly higher than 2K resolution. A 20 mm and a 60 mm prime lens is all I use. In both DX and FX. Software: After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Ableton Live, Audition and obscure 2D and 3D-programs I have picked up over the years. Pages now mostly, for writing and editing text in, but this could have been anything. iPhone for recording sketches, and sometimes actual sound-samples with Giant Squid omni-mics. Mostly I use a Zoom HD1 or a AKG HSC200 headset-mic, into a PreSonus soundcard for sampling and voice. I could go into better rooms to redo voice-recording, but maybe not. The finished pieces are rendered out 2K photo-jpeg in a 21:9 widescreen format for D-Cinema projection. I down-convert to Vimeo for web.