Crreeeeps

Sound Loop | 10mins | Dec 2019

– So, apparently I’m a video artist now.
– Are you sure they weren’t just throwing you shade?

Says Ron as we wait in line for our next Fantasia Film Festival film.

I know where Ron is coming from. We breathe sci-fi, horror and fantasy films with kids in metal shirts who cheer on Korean noodle commercials and make cat sounds mixed in with the occasional hiss of beer cans opening as the theatre goes dark. [1] Parallel madness, Fantasia 2017: It’s Alive! Cinema’s Alive!,  September 30 2017, https://parallelmadness.com/presents/fantasia-2017-its-alive-cinemas-alive,  accessed on May 12 2021 I also know where Dominic, the professor who told me this, is coming from: I remind him of his friend Anna Hawkins. I don’t fill the screen with one image, I cut it up into parts. Photography is to Cinema, what illustration is to animation, but then what of collage, when it is not an animation collage, such as Terry Gilliam popularized in Monty Python, nor a collage film in the method of Arthur Lipset?

If I’m making video art, then it must play in an art gallery to meandering viewers that arrive anytime and leave when bored. Liv told me she didn’t mind seeing the beginning of a film after it had already ended. But I did. It’s easier to create a rhythm from the sound and adapt my images to that rhythm than vice-versa. Crreeeeps (that’s two r’s and four e’s) is the looped soundtrack for a looped film I haven’t made yet. I was interrupted by the plague. One moment it is a calming screensaver and the next time it is nails on chalkboard. There is no dominant emotional state, akin to  a moody teenager. The organic is blended to the digital and the figurative to the abstract in reflection of my visual experiments (see Pond and Antidote). Electronic sounds, a cello, an electric guitar and recordings from a Japanese temple are mixed to blur the line between soundscape and music. Walter Murch talks about a similar blending in Apocalypse Now Lung Do Bridge scene where the sounds melt between the bridge repair, the chaos of the gun fight, the jungle and rock music of unknown origins [2] Murch, Walter, “Touch of Silence”, Lecture, Institut Francais, London, Friday 17 April 1998, in Soundscape, eds Sider, Larry; Freeman, Diane; Sider, Jerry, London, Wallflower Press, 2003.  
The one time I run into some long-haired and tattooed programmers from Fantasia at an art show, I was leaving the David Altmedj show mentioned in Audiovisual Sketch Series | Winter 2019. I prepared them for the zebras shitting teethed rainbow fruit in a time loop inside. They loved it. Maybe the division between these cultures of art and genre film is not as much in the medium as in the aesthetics. They needed a touch of rage and disgust. Could I ever get a crowd to miaow in an art gallery?

References

References
1 Parallel madness, Fantasia 2017: It’s Alive! Cinema’s Alive!,  September 30 2017, https://parallelmadness.com/presents/fantasia-2017-its-alive-cinemas-alive,  accessed on May 12 2021
2 Murch, Walter, “Touch of Silence”, Lecture, Institut Francais, London, Friday 17 April 1998, in Soundscape, eds Sider, Larry; Freeman, Diane; Sider, Jerry, London, Wallflower Press, 2003.

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