In the 1930’s, after making “Le Sang d’un poéte“, Jean Cocteau exclaimed the widely referenced: ” ..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 version of this was “..as inexpensive to make as picking up a pen and writing on a piece of paper”
I try to investigate both.
In this project, 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 started this project in a period about four 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.
This has developed into an “aimed” project where meaning I put onto things occurring in my field of vision, is worded or represented in a, for me, sometimes new and unexpected manner.
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 and my english pronunciation.
The soundscapes are made mostly by sampling my voice or by making sounds from instruments I do not know how to play. (A discipline I am developing). Its more about taste, the experience of noticing when fortuitous sounds appear, than actually mastering something. I also listen extensively to, and use the free samples given away with music magazines.
I need deadlines to break this project into manageable sizes, so I publish a new piece on the 1. of every month here on this page. New ideas, intuitions and development in my skills constantly disrupt and change solutions I thought were final, however, so I sometimes publish remixes of earlier pieces.
Practicalities: (for the especially interested) The “films” are sequenced digital stills photographs from two D2H’s I own and an IR-modified D3 I borrow. Ancient-model digital camera’s that are able to fire short bursts at 9 fps. A 20 mm and a 60 mm prime lens is all I use. Software: After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Ableton Live, Audition and the occasional obscure 2D and 3D-program I have picked up over the years. Pages mostly, for writing and editing text in, but this could have been anything. iPhone for recording sketches, and sometimes the actual sound-samples. Mostly I use a Zoom HD1 and a AKG HSC200 headset-mic, into a PreSonus soundcard for sound-sampling and voice. The finished pieces are rendered out 2K photo-jpeg in a 21:9 widescreen format for D-Cinema projection. I also down-convert to Vimeo for web.
Wherever you go …there you are