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 of this, I once read, was: “Film will not become an artistic medium until it as inexpensive to make as picking up a pen and writing on a piece of paper”
In this project I investigate both.
I started on this journey some years ago, in a period 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 are written, sampled and evolved, with poetic intent, 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 need frequent deadlines to break this project into manageable sizes however, 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 this project late 2015.
Practicalities: (for those who are specially interested)